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GEORGE TABER, Celebrated author on wine, uncorks his new book and yet another upset 31 years after the Judgment of Paris, the event that he chronicled and which first heralded a new generation of winemakers and quality wines from the United States…

ATCO, NJ - October 12, 2007
Last night at a wine tasting in honor of celebrated author George Taber, a 2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Amalthea Cellars in Atco, NJ won top honors in a blind wine tasting that included leading French and Californian wines. Chateau Mouton- Rothschild and Stag’s Leap Cabernet, both at the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting that gave the upset to California, were trounced by New Jersey in a stunning upset last night. Who would imagine that, once again in the presence of George Taber, a wine from the newly-designated Amercian Viticultural Area now known as New Jersey’s “Outer Coastal Plain,” would triumph in an independently-managed blind tasting.

The tasting was run by the Philadelphia-based Dionysian Club, International, led by its Chancellor, John Mahoney, Ph.D., CWE, under carefully-controlled conditions. Anthony Fisher, Regional Vice President of The American Wine Society and a Certified Judge, was the person tasked with ensuring that the tasting was truly blind and independent. The widely-attended event was held in honor of wine author George Taber to support the launch of his new book, “To Cork or Not to Cork.”

This is not the first win over France for Amalthea. Just weeks ago, at a blind tasting organized by Gary Pavlis, Ph.D, CWJ, an Amalthea Cellars Cabernet blend (Europa II, 2004) won top honors over well-known French wines. Here the eminent panel of six judges included John Mahoney, who managed the latest blind tasting at Amalthea Cellars, and Frank Aquilino, CWJ, past national President of the American Wine Society.

George Taber’s previous book “Judgment of Paris,” soon to be a major motion picture, chronicled the historic wine tasting in 1976 at which a Chardonnay and a Cabernet from Napa Valley shocked the judges, all leading wine connoisseurs of Paris, when they awarded top place to the relatively-unknown California wines in a blind tasting.

Amalthea Cellars is a gem of a 25-year-old winery and vineyard owned by Louis Caracciolo. As a winemaker and Food Scientist, Caracciolo has consulted for prominent French and Californian wineries for over 20 years. When asked about how he makes such quality wines, Caracciolo says, “Amalthea’s wine-making philosophy (named “The Third Wave” by Caracciolo) involves just the finest grown grapes, Oak barrels and time.”

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