by David Hammond
If you're over 50, the likelihood is high that the first wine you saw in your house was a bottle of Gallo, or Rossi, or some other low-priced Italian red, unless your dad was fancy, in which case you probably saw wines from Mondavi, another Italian. In the post-War II era, it was pretty much the Italians who revved up the wine industry in California.
Then things changed. The French were the respected world leaders in wine, the ones to beat, which California did in the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris, when California trounced France with their whites and won best of the reds.