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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:18

Tribidrag Key to Zin’s Origin

TASTE News Service, May 10, 2017 – Last week the New World met the Old in Split for the first international “I am Tribidrag” conference.

Smithsonians Hist of Amer cover Picmonkey

Rutherford, CA, April 10, 2014 – The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay crafted by Miljenko “Mike” Grgich that was the champion of the 1976 Paris Tasting is part of the exhibit selected by the Smithsonian Institute as one of “101 Objects That Made America.”  Chosen from 137 million artifacts in the Smithsonian collection, the 1973 Chardonnay is joined by other iconic American objects such as Abraham Lincoln’s hat, Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone and Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit.

The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects chose Julie Child’s Kitchen, which includes the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay crafted by Grgich, in a major exhibition on the revolution in American wine in the second half of the 20th Century, and the book features a photo of the winning wine. The author, Richard Kurin, is the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, selected objects from the entire collection held by the 19 museums and research centers of the Smithsonian Institution.

Looking over the list of 101 treasures from the Smithsonian’s Collection, Grgich commented: “When I was growing up in the little village of Desne in Croatia, I never would have dared to dream that the wine that I crafted would be in the same book as America’s “Declaration of Independence,” or in the same museum as Nikola Tesla, the famous inventor who is also from Croatia. When I arrived in the United States, I thought I was the luckiest man alive to have my dream come true of making wine in California, but this recognition far exceeds my American Dream.”

A year after the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting, Mike Grgich and Austin Hills founded Grgich Hills Estate at Rutherford in the Napa Valley. Mike is now assisted at Grgich Hills by his daughter, Violet Grgich, Vice-President of Operations, and his nephew, Ivo Jeramaz, Vice-President of Vineyards and Production.

Violet Grgich with French Film Award PicmonkeyMilka Barsic (left) and Violet Grgich with Cep d'Or Trophy

Rutherford, CA, October 11, 2013 – “Like the Old Vine (Kao Stara Loza),” a documentary about the life of Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, was presented the Grand Jury’s Special Award from the 20th annual Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival.

The documentary’s director, Milka Barisic, accepted the Cep d’Or Trophy in the French Senate at the Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, France on September 27, 2013.

Violet Grgich, Mike's daughter, said, “I was extremely honored to represent my father at the award ceremony. This has been a magical year, with my father first celebrating his 90th birthday in April and now a documentary on his life winning a special award from French judges. He feels like he’s won the 1976 Paris Tasting once again!”

Like the Old Vine describes Mike Grgich’s extraordinary life, achievements and how his “American Dream” became a reality. The documentary also shows some interesting unpublished facts about the 1976 Paris Tasting. Like the Old Vine was filmed by Croatian Radiotelevision in the Napa Valley, Mike’s birthplace in Desne, Croatia, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., where on exhibit are his signature French beret and a bottle of the 1973 Chardonnay he crafted – the “champion” of the 1976 Paris Tasting. The movie has been shown on national TV in Croatia and premiered in the United States on November 7 at the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival.

Grgich Hills Estate was founded in 1977 by Vintner Hall of Fame Inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and Austin Hills after Mike’s 1973 Chardonnay outscored the best of France in the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting that revolutionized the world of wine. Today this iconic Rutherford winery farms 366 acres naturally, without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and uses its 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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