A walk with B-21 through the years...
1983 Bordeaux launches a campaign that changed the wine world forever, though we did not know it then. With the help of critic Robert Parker, the 1982 vintage of Bordeaux began in earnest to create demand for the wines to be bought and sold as Futures -- ahead of arrival to secure both price and quantity. Perhaps the fullest manifestation of this market strategy was fully realized and culminated with the 2005 Bordeaux vintage, said to among the best in history (100 points, Rhett Beiletti, B-21).
1986 The Wine Spectator Tasting of 1986 is conducted; featuring the same wines from the 1976 Judgment of Paris, different panelists delivered similar results and Californian wines dominated the top positions 1-5.
1987 "Contains Sulfites" added to wine labels mandatorily in U.S.
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