Feb. 26 lecture will focus on wine
Taber spent 40 years as a reporter and editor, including stints as business editor and national economics correspondent for Time magazine, before turning his attention to wine writing. He has interviewed presidents, dictators, corporate tycoons and musicians, even the Beatles.
He said the most important wine event he ever covered was a tasting in Paris in 1976.
In a blind tasting competition, French wine experts picked unknown red and white California wines over world-famous French. The event overturned previous views about the superiority of French wines, changed perceptions of California wine, and launched a global wine market.
Taber published an account in his bestselling book, “Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine.” He has since written three other wine books, including “To Cork or Not To Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle,” which won the Jane Grigson Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Andre Simon Award for best wine book.
A Californian by birth, Taber graduated from Georgetown University. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
He and his wife now divide their year between two islands, Vero Beach, Fla., and Block Island, R.I.