He single-handedly - along with the finest palates in France - brought California wine to the world's consciousness, thereby giving credibility to New World wines overall. Let's just say that it wasn't a happy moment for the finest palates in France.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Just how many times am I going to review this wine?!?
The transcendent moment came when I sampled their exquisite Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. Yes, I had them all. Don't hate me because I'm Prüm.
For many years, Nevada wines were known for their relentless mediocrity - they seemed to be White Zinfandel wannabes - and there wasn't much that the serious wine person could glean from them other than a collective meh.