US to French wine: pw3nd
The US is best, froggies
Wine competition pits France v US
The US has emerged victorious in a blind tasting by experts in London and California pitting US and French wine against each other.
The contest recreated a tasting 30 years ago in which France was defeated after French experts decided wines from California were better that year.
The result was seen as a blow to French national pride and shocked the country's wine industry.
In recent years, new world wines have overtaken global sales of French wine.
The tasting took place at two locations.
One tasting was in London at the Berry Brothers and Rudd wine shop in St James's Street - one of the UK's oldest wine and spirits merchants.
The US tasting was held at Copia, the US centre for wine, food and the arts, in the Napa Valley, California, a region famous for its wine production.
Nine judges there sampled ten unlabelled glasses of decades-old wines.
The combined scores from both panels gave victory to wines from California's Napa Valley. A 1971 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet from Napa received the highest praise.
"I'm very impressed," said Christian Vanneque, a French judge who was at the original tasting in 1976.
"I don't know if I will be able to go back to France," he added. "After a second time, they will kill me."
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