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“Still my all time favorite winery” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grgich Hills Estate

Grgich Hills Estate
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$206.00*
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Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours
Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Rutherford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Grgich Hills Estate is an iconic Napa Valley winery, consistently producing world-class wines. Vintner Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko "Mike" Grgich first earned world-wide recognition when the Chardonnay 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, we farm our five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation and use our passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.
Phoenix, Arizona
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“Still my all time favorite winery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

My first visit to Grgich Hills was about 25 years ago. I have returned each time I am in the Napa area and it continues to be my favorite stop. Michael was our "wine expert" and he was a true delight with an amazing wealth of knowledge which made the tasting experience extremely enjoyable and informative. It ranks second only to the time I was served by Miljenko Grgich himself!. Thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to produce such fine wines.

Visited October 2013
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KenM300, Public Relations Manager at Grgich Hills Estate, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Thank you for your visit and your wonderful review. We appreciate you keeping in touch with us for more than 25 years and glad you enjoyed Michael's tasting.

We hope to see you back over the next 25 years.

Cheers,

Ken Morris
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Hayden
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“Excellent wine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

Took the VIP tour and it was definitely worth every penny. The tour was excellent and the tasting after was even better. The 09 single vineyard cab sauv was amazing!

Visited October 2013
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Mission Viejo, California
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“The PRIMO Chardonnay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This winery never disappoints. The Chardonnay is my absolute favorite. The winery is beautiful and a must stop if you are in the area.

Visited September 2013
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KenM300, Public Relations Manager at Grgich Hills Estate, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Much thanks for your visit and, of course, we agree with you about our Chardonnay.!

Thank you for your review.

Ken Morris
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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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“We Need To Go Back.....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Grgich Hills wine has been one of our favorites for many years, and we made it at point to stop at the winery during our recent visit to Napa. As we were pressed for time, we chose one of the standard walk in tasting options covering the Red Estate Wines. Our wine educator did an excellent job and took the time to explain the finer points (covering aroma, flavors, and after taste) for each selection. In addition he provided a lot of great history regarding Mike Grgich's vision and formula for producing fine wines. Overall we had a very good tasting experience and would highly recommend a stop

Note: If we had more time we would have booked a full winery tour with one of the cheese or chocolate pairings or the seated library experience. That said, we need to go back.......

Visited October 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Exceptional experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Winemaker Mike Grgich had gained international recognition at the historic Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 when the Chardonnay he produced at Chateau Montelena won first prize among white wines. I understand that there is a movie about the win.
We visited in late Sept during the harvest. We had a wonderful guide who was knowledgeable, witty, charming and an expert!!!
The tasting was held in the Library room, which was beautiful and well appointed as well as comfortable. Each wine was tasted, spoken about, and then paired with fruit, cheese and or nuts. We were tutored in the best foods to serve with each wine.
Apparently there are many pretentious folks in the world of wine. Our guide, who travels the world for his company, told some refreshing anecdotal tales. When asked at what temperature to serve wine,he said most would say 55 degrees, but drink it at the temp that YOU prefer!!!
It was a great day and I joined the wine club and look forward to receiving our first shipment of very special Grgich Hills Estate wine!

Visited September 2013
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