Napa Valley vintner Warren Winiarski spoke at a fundraising dinner celebrating the Smithsonian Institution’s opening of the first major exhibit on American food and wine, “Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000,” in Washington, D.C.

Winiarski told the audience that winemaking around the world should focus once again on balance and proportion. “Great wine requires an unwavering commitment to aesthetic proportion, and that is something I continue to stress today as consultant and mentor to the new generation of winemakers,” he said.

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Winiarski is founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and winemaker of the cabernet sauvignon that bested France’s wines in the historic 1976 Judgment of Paris. A bottle of Winiarski’s 1973 SLV Cabernet Sauvignon is on display at the museum.

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