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.
We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary with a special bottling of the varietal that made Miljenko “Mike” Grgich famous – Chardonnay! Grgich Hills Estate 40th Anniversary Chardonnay 2014 is limited-production, elegant Chardonnay that harkens back to an earlier style of Chardonnay by selecting lots that showcase the fresh, bright, juicy flavors of a crisp apple and pear, driven by refreshing acidity. This is the perfect pairing with smoked salmon, crispy crab cakes or chicken Dijon.