American wine has battled through two world wars, the Great Depression and Prohibition to get to where it is today. It is therefore even more impressive to see how American wine can hold its own against its 'Old World' counterparts. In 1976, for example, the 'Judgement of Paris' tasting pitted top Napa wines against their French equivalents from Burgundy and Bordeaux. At this point American wine was just finding its feet again after the end of World War II, and didn't have the French benefit of hundreds of years of history and experience. Yet still in every category the American wine came out on top, and from there on it has only continued to flourish. Today American wine continues to be innovative, open minded and exciting; home too many fabulous producers who never rest on their laurels.