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Vintner Hall of Fame Miljenko “Mike” Grgich Partners with the James Beard Foundation

March 26, 2014

Mike Grgich began his life as a peasant in communist-controlled Croatia and arrived in the Napa Valley with $32, his life savings, sewn into the sole of his shoes.  He was able to fulfill his American dream first by having his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay win the 1976 Paris Tasting and then by founding his […]

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1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay crafted by Miljenko “Mike” Grgich named to Smithsonian’s “101 Objects That Made America”

March 19, 2014

The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay crafted by Miljenko “Mike” Grgich that was the champion of the 1976 Paris Tasting is part of the exhibit selected by the Smithsonian Institute as one of “101 Objects That Made America.”  Chosen from 137 million artifacts in the Smithsonian collection, the 1973 Chardonnay is joined by other iconic American […]

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French Vigneron magazine Spring 2014: Mike Grgich, California Dream

March 13, 2014

SA VIE EST UN ROMAN. ON EN A MÊME FAIT UN FILM. MILJENKO «MIKE » GRGICH, CROATE ARRIVÉ EN CALIFORNIE POUR FUIR LE  COMMUNISME, S’EST FAIT UNE PLACE AU SOLEIL ET UN NOM EN OR. ALORS QU’IL VIENT DE FÊTER SES 90ANS, L’ICÔNE SE CONFIE. Download the article here.

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FOUR magazine profiles Miljenko “Mike” Grgich

March 13, 2014

A Winemaker’s Tale An inductee to the Vintner’s Hall of Fame and president, winemaker and co-proprietor of Grgich Hills Wine Estate in the Napa Valley, Croatian-born Milijenko ‘Mike’ Grgich is a self-made man, known to wine aficionados the world-over as the King of Chardonnay. As seen in FOUR’s International Edition Over the past 50 years, […]

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Violet Grgich attends Special Award Ceremony for Documentary about Miljenko “Mike” Grgich

February 28, 2014

September 27, 2013. Rutherford, CA – “Like the Old Vine (Kao Stara Loza),” a documentary about the life of Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, was presented the Grand Jury’s Special Award from the 20th annual Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival. The documentary’s director, Milka Barišić, accepted the Cep d’Or Trophy […]

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Mike Grgich turns 90. Again!

February 28, 2014

Napaman.com.  September 16, 2013. Mike Grgich turned 90 years old yesterday. For the 167nd time. Mike, who’s one of the founding fathers of America’s wine industry, actually turned 90 April 1, but Napa Valley is celebrating the winemaker’s birthday as many times as possible throughout the course of the year. Last night was the 167th […]

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Grgich Hills Estate hires William McPharlin as Northeast Regional Sales Manger

February 28, 2014

June 5, 2013. Rutherford, CA. William McPharlin has joined Grgich Hills Estate as Northeast Regional Sales Manager, responsible for overseeing sales on the Eastern Seaboard, stretching from Maine to Washington, DC. Proprietor Violet Grgich announced the hiring, saying, “William is a great addition to our team. Based in New York, he has a long history […]

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Documentary about Miljenko “Mike” Grgich wins Special Award at Oenovideo 2013

February 28, 2014

May 27, 2013.  “Like the Old Vine (Kao Stara Loza),” a documentary about the life of Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, is the winner of the Grand Jury’s Special Award at the 20th annual Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival in Carcassonne-Minervois, France. From May 30 to June 2, 2013, judges […]

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Mike Grgich’s 90th birthday celebration

February 28, 2014

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday, April 13, 2013  with a special gala at the winery and the inaugural release of our 2010 Paris Tasting Chardonnay.  Thanks to everyone who helped Mike enjoy his first 90 years of accomplishments! Click here to see images of the event.

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A victory that vintner still savors

February 28, 2014

Los Angeles Times. April 27, 2013 by Russ Parsons.  Mike Grgich’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay helped turn the wine world on its head by winning the famed Judgment of Paris, in which a panel of predominantly French wine judges did the unthinkable by scoring California wines over their own. It was an event so earthshaking […]

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