SOURCE: Crushpad Inc.

August 12, 2008 15:30 ET

Crushpad Announces Winners From Its Judgment of Paris Reenactment

Chateau Montelena Voted Best Chardonnay; Ridge and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Share Best Cabernet Sauvignon Honors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 12, 2008) - Crushpad, the urban winery that is democratizing wine making, today announced the results from its Judgment of Paris reenactment, hosted as part of its "Bottle Shock" movie premiere party.

The competition pitted many modern day versions of the wines served at the 1976 Judgment of Paris, in which unsung California wineries -- Chateau Montelena and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars -- triumphed in a blind tasting of French and American wines.

This time around, Crushpad invited hundreds of wine enthusiasts in attendance to join with the panel of judges in casting votes for their favorites, with California wines once again sweeping the field. Chateau Montelena Chardonnay was named best white wine by both the judging panel and audience members. Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon was named best red wine by the judges and shared the honor with Stag's Leap Wine Cellars among audience members.

The judging panel for the reenactment included:

--  "Bottle Shock" producers, Marc and Brenda Lhormer
--  Crushpad Chief Winemaker, Michael Ziztlaff
--  TV personality and avid wine collector, Spencer Christian
--  Wine journalist, Deborah Parker-Wong

The owners of Chateau Montelena, Bo & Heidi Barrett were on hand to celebrate the results, as was GustavoThrace winemaker, Gustavo Brambila. The three were part of the team that won first place among white wines at the original Judgment of Paris.

The complete list of wines in the competition included:


2005 Girardin Meursault "Les Charmes Du Dessus" 1er Cru
2005 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet "Clavoillon" 1er Cru
2005 GustavoThrace
2006 Chateau Montelena
2006 Freemark Abbey

Cabernet Blends:

2004 Chateau Montrose
2004 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
2004 Freemark Abbey Winery Bosche Vineyard
2004 Ridge Monte Bello
2004 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

About Crushpad

Crushpad is a San Francisco-based custom winemaking facility whose over 5,000 clients include wine enthusiasts, professional winemakers, wine bars, retailers and restaurateurs. Crushpad specializes in small-lot, luxury wine production from California, Oregon and Washington's most notable vineyards. The company was founded in 2004 by wine industry veterans and technology industry refugees determined to liberate winemaking from its traditional stereotypes of impossible wealth, expansive chateaus and Golden Retrievers. For more information about Crushpad, call 415-864-4232 or visit

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