Steven Spurrier, the English merchant, educator, winemaker, grape farmer, and advocate, died March 9 at age 79. Thoughts, accolades, and remembrances of him have poured in all day from all quarters, including The Drinks Business, who today called him "The Great Man of Wine," while Decanter awarded him the same moniker in 2017.  Surely he was, but I doubt he'd relish being referred to that way. Spurrier became what's referred to in the wine world as a household name, beginning back in 1976 when he held "The Judgment of Paris," a blind tasting of French and U.S. wines, originally intended primarily to promote the visibility of his wine store. Spurrier's wine history is long, back to the presidency of LBJ,…

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Movies about wine are relatively few, and good ones are as rare as a 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle. Here's an overview of a couple worth seeing, and some educational ones, too. Bottle Shock Bottle Shock, which was independently released in the United States in August of '08, is available on video. The movie is supposed to tell at least part of the story of "The Judgment of Paris," that game-changing event in 1976 when a Chardonnay from Napa's Chateau Montelena and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars beat some of the top French wines. In a blind taste test. In Paris. With some of France's top wine experts as judges. Mon Dieu! Problem is, lots of stuff shown…

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