Napa, CA – October 29, 2013 – Smithsonian Magazine, the publication for the world’s largest museum and research complex, has published a list of “101 Objects that Made America” in its November 2013 issue. Included in the items selected from among more than 137 million artifacts, works of art, and specimens in the collection, was the 1973 Vintage of California Wines which won the 1976 “Judgment of Paris.” This prestigious award and recognition catapulted California wines into the international spotlight. Renowned winemaker Warren Winiarski crafted one of the winning wines.
“It’s an honor and a thrill to have a wine I made included among such historic and ground-breaking artifacts,” said Winiarski. “It clearly demonstrates how much of an impact California winemakers have on the world at large. Forty years ago, a small group of winemakers showed a passion to succeed and a drive for excellence which helped prove that we could make wines as good as or better than anyone else. Today, the world holds California winemakers in high esteem, a reputation that is due, in part, to the 1973 vintage and the Paris tasting.”
Other items chosen from among the collections for this historic list include Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Charles Lindberg’s Spirit of St. Louis, and Lewis and Clark’s compass. A complete list of the objects can be found at http://smithsonian.com/101objects.
Winiarski is founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and winemaker of the 1973 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that bested France’s wines in the historic 1976 Paris Tasting. That win not only raised awareness of the quality of wine made in California, but of American wine in general. A bottle of Winiarski’s 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Today, Winiarski is actively involved in preserving agricultural and open land in Napa Valley for future generations, something he has felt strongly about since the 1960s. Winiarski and colleagues fought to have the historic 1968 Agricultural Preserve Act passed in Napa County.
Winiarski was inducted into the California Vintners Hall of Fame at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in 2009, and continues to explore his passion for greatness in grapes and wine at his Arcadia Vineyard in Napa Valley.