This would be my philosophy. France is unquestionably #1 wine country for me, but if introducing even the most close minded palate to california, I wouldn’t pour them something that approximates France, I’d pour them something like a bedrock (even a $20 OVZ) and talk about california history, weather and difference—not how close it can get to the original.
“Close minded” is not a particularly enlightened phrase for a lot of francophiles (I would say europhiles, actually). I would argue you’re more likely to find “close minded” folks who only drink california cabs, or disdain white wine of any kind (for example). Most europhiles I know have pretty well developed palates, have gone through varied wine travels exploring a wide range of domestic and international wines, and have focused on wines they enjoy most. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy new world wines, across the spectrum, but frankly there are wines and styles I just don’t enjoy, and it’s not because I haven’t explored them, or am close minded.
I’m as big a cheerleader as anyone for domestic producers I buy, like Halcon, Ceritas, Peay, Rhys, Ridge, Carlisle, etc.
Honestly I don’t know of anyone on this board that would claim for a minute that good wine isn’t made in CA. That would be just nuts. Closer might be “no wine in the style I like,” but even there, CA produces such a mind-boggling array of wines, I don’t know anyone here that would say that either.