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Grgich Hills Retrospective: SOMM Journal

August 17, 2015

SOMM JOURNALAUGUST/SEPTEMBER • 2015Vol. 2 No. 4{ milestone tasting }Grgich Hills Retrospective. FRED SWAN RELISHES A CLASSIC VINTAGE THE PARIS TASTING OF 1976 IS A WELL-KNOWN MILESTONE in California wine history. Yet, 1980’s unheralded Great Chicago Chardonnay Showdown was arguably a more important indicator of North Coast California Chardonnay quality. While the Paris Tasting pitted […]

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Grgich Hills celebrates its 39th Annual Blessing of the Grapes on August 21, 2015

July 30, 2015

Everyone is invited to join the Grgich and Hills families to toast the beginning of the 2015 harvest at Grgich Hills’ 39th annual Blessing of the Grapes on Friday, August 21, starting at 10am on the crush pad.  Attendees to this free event can enjoy a glass of Grgich Hills’ Chardonnay paired with cheese during […]

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Fire in area surrounding Grgić Vina in Croatia

July 21, 2015

Thank you to everyone for your concern regarding the forest fire on Peljesac, home to Grgić Vina, our winery in Croatia. Most important, everyone is safe. The winery and nearby town were evacuated. Our stone winery is fine but we did lose an attached metal building that held much of our current bottled wine and […]

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Revisiting the 1980 Grgich Hills Taste-off: Chicago Pinot 2.0

June 10, 2015

Maybe you read the book about the tasting, written by the same eyewitness from thirty-plus years ago.  Or you saw the movie, which created composite characters and left some actual key players out of the story.  If you’re a certain age, you may remember the original Time article from 1976 describing the tasting often thought by […]

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Following Your Own Path While Keeping the Legacy: Huffington Post

June 8, 2015

“Do you want me to play piano because you want me to be like you and continue your dream?” my then-6-year-old son asked me when I refused to let him quit taking piano lessons. I smiled and said, “No, I just want to give you options, in case you find music useful while following your […]

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Judgment of Grgich: Wine Muse

May 27, 2015

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich is rightly famous for having crafted the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay wine that bested Burgundy Grands and Premiers Crus at the infamous Judgment of Paris blind tasting in 1976. The illustrious French wine judges not only awarded the Chateau Montelena top prize for whites, they scored it the highest of all the […]

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US Congress and the City of Chicago recognize Mike Grgich’s place in history

May 22, 2015

Rutherford, California, May 22, 2015. On the 35th anniversary of the Great Chicago Chardonnay Showdown two celebrations, one in Chicago and one in the Napa Valley, honored the historic significance of Miljenko “Mike” Grgich winning this 1980 competition with a wine the Chicago Tribune called “The Best Chardonnay in the World.”  In 1980 “The Great […]

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Time in a bottle: The Great Chicago Showdown and Grgich Hills chardonnay. Napa Register

May 22, 2015

By Sasha Paulsen For the past two years, I’ve been working with Miljenko “Mike” Grgich on the fascinating task of compiling his memoirs, which will be published in 2016.  A tough job that — to sit listening as Mike, now 92, regaled me with stories from his well-lived life, one he describes as “filled with […]

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Mike Grgich shares his Chardonnays to celebrate a victory. Napa Register

May 22, 2015

By Paul Franson Everyone in Napa Valley surely knows that the 1973 chardonnay that Miljenko “Mike” Grgich made for Chateau Montelena won the famed Paris tasting in 1976, but few remember that the first vintage that he made for his new Grgich Hills Cellar in 1977 beat 220 of the best chardonnays in the world […]

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The king of chardonnay. Napa Register

May 22, 2015

By L Pierce Carson Validated not once but twice on the international stage, Mike Grgich is indubitably the king of chardonnay. Two of his chardonnays were judged the best from both New and Old World cellars by panels of learned wine experts with credentials that’d make an Army general’s fruit salad pale by comparison. Most […]

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