Monday, April 4, 2016

Celebrating the 1976 Paris Tasting Hoax

Forty years later, it’s time to finally reveal that the Paris Tasting of 1976 was staged, much like Neal Armstrong’s phony moon landing, Elvis Presley’s death, and auction wines. Furthermore, the person claiming to be Steven Spurrier is actually a woman in a bad hairpiece,  and George Taber, the journalist from “Time” magazine, is a fictional persona of Salman Rushdie, not that anybody gives a fat wa.

This is investigative wine journalism at its finest! The debunking of the '76 Paris Tasting myths. Oh, you won't want to miss this. But you'll have to jump on over to Tim Atkin's site to read the rest. I'm like that the first Monday of the month. While you're there, feel free to light up his site with your legendary HoseMaster common tater wit. Or just leave your thoughts in my usual dump bucket.



Charlie Olken said...

You have missed the point that it all begin in the UK when they realized that their southeast corner was an extension of Champagne that they stole a few years earlier and moved it across the Channel. Then they started burning those fossil fuels, and screw the smog in London, because they knew that Kent would be the new Champagne in the 2100s. Very smart this Brits.

Of course, they never really understood that Champagne would become the new Burgundy with its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ready and waiting for a solution to its burdensomely high acidities. But that is a story for another day. Now that English bubbly is the toast of Manhattan, we will have to have to have a new name, or will Kent become synonymous with great bubbly. Immanuel might complain.

Paul Moe said...

Charlie Olken,
I Kant believe what I just read.

Samantha Dugan said...

Ron My Love,

Just so happen to be in Paris right now and guess what? I'm not drinking any fucking Bordeaux!!!
Hilarious as ever and I miss you!

Ron Washam, HMW said...

I hear all the hype about British Bubbly, but I've yet to taste one. One wonders, are any of them Late DisGeorged? I think you meant Jeff, not Immanuel.

My Gorgeous Samantha,
Do you ever drink any fucking Bordeaux? I'd much rather hear about your Paris Tasting than Spurrier's. Any fucking Jura?

I miss you, too, My Love, and I love you!

Aaron said...

Speaking of en primeur, here's a quote from Michel Rolland that is worthy of the Hosemaster.

Charlie Olken said...

Jeff Kent. Well, he could, but now he kant.

By the way, drank some English bubbly when I was over there last year. Hugh Johnson had praised it faintly, and silly me, I did not realize that he was damning it. But, I am hoping there is more to this English bubbly than acidity.

To Paul Moe: I get that. Kant said that one has to remove knowledge to make room for belief. You therefore have proven that you have knowledge.

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Thanks. That is pretty entertaining. Sounds like Michel didn't have his micro-oxygenation this morning.

Marcia Macomber said...

What is really true or not? Made me think of that other "historic and imaginary event" Alice's Mad Hatter tea party. I know that event was true and really took place because it's in Wikipedia too!

What, no Bronze medal to the Hungarians? :-)

Thomas Klafke said...

Much like Jesus was a hoax.