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Smithsonian Exhibit

Smithsonian honors Miljenko “Mike” Grgich in new exhibition on food history featuring wine crafted by Mike that won the 1976 Paris Tasting

Winning_winesThe Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History featured Miljenko “Mike” Grgich in its first major exhibition on food history—“FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000” that opened on November 20, 2012. A major section of the exhibition focuses on the revolution in American wine in the second half of the 20th-Century and the exhibition features the 1973 Chardonnay.

Mike handcrafted the wine that was the champion of the 1976 Paris Tasting, which sparked a wine revolution and made Chardonnay the most popular wine in America. The exhibit also includes the small cardboard suitcase he traveled with when he left Croatia, his winemaking text books and his famous beret. After 55 harvests in Napa Valley, Mike Grgich, who turned 90 in April 2013, has not only achieved the American Dream, but changed the way Americans think about wine in the process.

The exhibit explores some of the major changes in food and eating in postwar America. Julia Child’s kitchen, which she donated to the museum in 2001 along with its hundreds of tools, appliances and furnishings, serves as the opening story of “FOOD,” demonstrating her influence on the culinary field, food television and the ways many Americans think about food and cooking.

Violet Grgich represented her father at the exhibit’s opening reception on November 18th and presented Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay and late harvest Violetta wines at a Press Preview dinner on November 19th in honor of this historic event.

Read Wine & Vines’ report on the exhibit opening here.

Read the Washington Examiner story here.