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Mike Grgich: Hall Of Fame Winemaker

Recently, we attended the Grgich Hills Annual Release party. Hall Of Fame winemaker Mike Grgich made wine history in 1976 when the Chardonnay he crafted won the Judgement of Paris tasting. Now 99 years young, he continues to make world class wine. His daughter Violet now runs the winery. 

We have been attending this release party for 30 years. On a sun-drenched afternoon, we enjoyed music, dancing, photo booths, bocce, great wines, and a variety of sensational Croatian food appetizers. Mike is originally from Croatia and also has a winery there. 

Attending this party is like being at a live movie. The backdrop of the vineyards and heavenly smell of barbecued Lamb and Fried chicken was a sensational combination that became a heavenly experience when paired with the ‘great ’Grgich wines. 

Today there were many tasting stations and each table had bottles of 2019 Essence, 2019 Chardonnay, 2017 Zinfandel and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Guests also enjoyed dancing to a live band. In conclusion, it was another special afternoon enjoying the pristine and picturesque Napa Valley. 

We would highly recommend you add Grgich Hills to your Napa bucket list. 

For more information and to make a tasting appointment.

By Mike L. McColgan, Resident since 1990