Grgich Hills

+1 (800) 532-3057 P.O. Box 450 ,1829 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
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Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen Mike’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world. Now 87 years old, and still sporting his signature blue beret, Mike was inducted into the Vinter Hall of Fame in March 2008 in honor of his many contributions to the wine industry. While many other Napa wineries pursue strategies of expansion, Mike, along with his daughter, Violet, and his nephew, Ivo Jeramaz, prefer to stay small. Their aim, year Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Grgich Hills Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012


    Very clear yellow color. Some oak on the nose. Nice acid on the tip of the tongue calms my fears about being overoaked. Lots of upfront fruitstone fruit, citrus (lemonish). As indicated, oak is discernible, but it is certainly not over the top. Overall, this is a crisp, refreshing wine. I would compare it to a white Burgundy, but it is on... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • OT, If you jump to the link from the header copied in my OP, you'll see ... of this opinion.” Grgich Hills Estate, penalty: license suspension for 15 days, stayed subject to one year’s discipline-free operation by the licensee. Reversed by the Appeal’s Board. Silver Oak Cellars, penalty: license suspension for 10 days, stayed subject to one ye... Read More

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  • OT, Greg, whomever else--any backstory you can provide to fill in context?Calif ABC Handed Its Head In A Bag By Appeals Board Which Rips Agency and Rejects Its Winery-Bottlerock Tied-House Cases  Cute graphic illustrating the slippery slope concept: Read More

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  • Grgich Hills Merlot 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Dave Mooty

  • Grgich Hills White Blend Napa Valley Violetta Late Harvest 1995


    Beautiful amber color in the glass. Some flowery aromatics. Orange blossom, honey flavors. Maybe a touch too syrupy for my taste in a dessert wine. Could use acid bite. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Lots of motorsports watching, this weekend.  The DVR was smoking.  300-mile stockcar race on Saturday eveing, but Sunday is the big day:Monaco Formula 1 Grand PrixMonaco GP2 Race500-Mile IndyCar Race600-Mile Stockcar RaceSo, over the past couple days we've cracked these: I have to say my favorite was, surprise, the Lytton Springs. My friends Ron... Read More

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  • Grgich Hills Violetta 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by AhpaChuck

  • Grgich Hills Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


    Very good wine, some wood, balances, persisted, full flavor Read More

    Wine review by clanata

  • Hey Aura,I am actually now the newest Snoothling I think (my term, so ... dollars to spend, I love the Grgich Hills chardonnay which is pretty well available but is I think in the $40 range depending on where you are buying.Echoing others here, there are also fantastic whites made in places like upstate New York which is a cooler climate and pr... Read More

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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, ... Me, ... in love with a Grgich Hills chard, it's just awesome, or a Kistler with roast chicken when I want to remember what that big California chard taste is all about.  Oh, and Finger Lakes in NY is not to be missed.  Lots of good new stuff there, though I have to say... Read More

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