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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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Grgich revisits crowning of Chardonnay king. CHICAGO WINE JOURNAL

May 13, 2015

By Lawrence B. Johnson It was 35 years ago that Miljenko Grgich, a gifted but as yet little-known winemaker from Croatia, soared to center stage in American viticulture with a stunning triumph at a world-wide Chardonnay competition in Chicago. Grgich’s 1977 Napa Valley Chardonnay, the first he’d produced under his own name, beat out 220 […]

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Questions and answers on reported dangerous levels of arsenic in wine

March 24, 2015

Background: A class action lawsuit was recently filed in the California Superior Court alleging that certain wines pose a risk to consumers because they contain trace amounts of arsenic. The laboratory that did tests, BeverageGrades, showed some wines had arsenic levels higher than those allowed in California for drinking water. Its press release says: “BeverageGrades […]

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Mike Grgich: The King of California Chardonnay; winegeographic.com

March 12, 2015

Winemakers have much in common with fingerprints, each leaving their own indelible impression on everything they touch, a considerable amount of which isn’t always instantly detected. Although experts agree on few things in the wide world of wine, almost all concede that wine is born in the vineyard but shaped by the winemaker, often in […]

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