Will you join with me tonight in lifting a toast in Celebration of the life of Jim Barrett. Jim passed away last Thursday March 14th, he was 86.
Jim was an icon in the wine industry and owner of Chateau Montelena in California. Jim shot to fame in 1976 when his 1973 Chardonnay beat the best of the French wines in the Famous Judgment of Paris. You can see his life fictionalized in the Movie “Bottle Shock”, or read the real story in George Taber’s book “Judgment of Paris”. Jim helped put California forever on the world’s wine map, but more importantly he helped open the world to the possibilities of making fine wines.
In Jim’s own words “Not bad for kids from the sticks”.