Grgich Hills Estate celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris

Chardonnay crafted by Miljenko "Mike" Grgich was top scoring wine

Feb 08, 2016, 10:30 ET from Grgich Hills Estate

RUTHERFORD, Calif., Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2016, Grgich Hills Estate will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the historic Judgment of Paris tasting and its legacy with Chardonnay with vintner dinners across the country, an appearance at the Smithsonian Institution and the long-awaited release of Miljenko "Mike" Grgich's autobiography "A Glass Full of Miracles" that tells the story of his fascinating life.

In 1976, Steven Spurrier, an Englishman who ran a fine wine shop in Paris, decided to promote his wine shop by organizing a blind tasting to coincide with America's Bicentennial celebrations. For the tasting, he gathered together the best French judges, the finest French wines and he added in a few wines from some upstart winemakers in California. The unimaginable happened: the Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, won with the highest total score of 132 points. In the afternoon tasting of the red wines, the French judges gave their top ranking to Warren Winiarski for his 1973 Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, beating the best Cabernets of Bordeaux with 127.5 points!

The only reporter to attend, George Taber, wrote in Time magazine about this American triumph, which sent shock waves throughout the world of wine. Taber later wrote a fascinating account of this tasting and its impact in his book, "Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine," which will be made into a major motion picture in 2017. The movie will feature Mike Grgich and Warren Winiarski and is being co-produced by entrepreneur Jonathan Rotella and famed Hollywood screenwriter and vintner Robert Kamen, best known for writing the Taken Trilogy and The Karate Kid series.

Mike Grgich believes the Judgment of Paris is a significant event not just for him and the Napa Valley but for everyone who is dedicated to winemaking, since it proves that "you don't need French soil to make great wine."

In 2016, Grgich Hills Estate invites everyone to Taste the Legacy and join them for this wonderful celebration at one of these events:

Feb. 10      

Violet Grgich will be on a panel discussing the Judgment of Paris for Landry's Restaurant Group, at Wirtz Beverage, Las Vegas, NV.



Feb.11     

Violet Grgich will host a "Judgment of Paris" dinner at Aureole, Las Vegas, NV. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/1oe0aEs



April 1        

Mike Grgich celebrates his 93rd birthday!



April 2        

Mike Grgich will host a "Judgment of Paris" dinner and book launch of his autobiography "A Glass Full of Miracles." Bottles and books signed by Mike Grgich will be available. Morgan's in the Desert, La Quinta, CA.



May 16     

Violet Grgich will participate in panel discussion of the "Paris Tasting Legacy" as part of the American History (After Hours) at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://s.si.edu/AmericanWine.



May 17    

Violet Grgich will participate in the National Museum of American History's 4th annual Winemakers' Dinner commemoration of  the 40th anniversary of "Paris Tasting" in Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://s.si.edu/AmericanWine.



May 19      

Violet Grgich will host a gala celebration of the "Judgment of Paris" at Vizcaya Museum, Miami, FL.


For tickets visit: http://bit.ly/1odZRta



June 3      

Auction Napa Valley:


Private dinner at the winery with Mike Grgich and Iron Chef Morimoto


E-auction lot: "Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Judgement of Paris with Mike Grgich"                   



July 2       

Grgich and Hills families will host a special "Judgment of Paris" Croatian Extravaganza for wine club members, friends and family, Yountville, CA. Bottles and books signed by Mike Grgich will be available.



Also, the winery will host Judgment of Paris dinners around the country with restaurant partners. Check the calendar of events at www.grgich.com for more information or contact the winery if your restaurant would like to participate.

Grgich Hills Estate is an iconic Napa Valley winery, consistently producing world-class wines. Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko "Mike" Grgich first earned world-wide recognition when the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that he crafted won the 1976 Paris Tasting, beating the best of France. Mike then partnered with Austin Hills to open their family-owned-and-operated winery in 1977.

Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, Grgich Hills' farms its estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, relies on wild yeast fermentation and uses passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines. Mike is assisted by his daughter, Violet Grgich, Vice President of Operations, and his nephew, Ivo Jeramaz, Vice President of Vineyards and Production. For more information, visit www.grgich.com.

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