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Winemaker Dinner with Mike Grgich at Bardessono

Bardessono Hotel & Lucy Restaurant

Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Winemaker Dinner with Mike Grgich at Bardessono

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Celebrating Napa Valley's Icon, Miljenko "Mike" Grgich's 90th Birthday

Join us for an exceptional evening dining with Mike Grgich at Bardessono   

From a peasant upbringing in communist Yugoslavia, Miljenko “Mike” Grgich is the American Dream personified.  Grgich arrived in the Napa Valley in 1958 armed with one suitcase, a stack of wine textbooks, and $32.00 hidden in his shoes. Along with pioneering vintners such as Robert Mondavi, Brother Timothy from Christian Brothers, Lee Stewart from Souverain Winery and André Tchelistcheff from Beaulieu Vineyards, he played a significant role in transforming the Napa Valley into one of the greatest wine-producing regions of the world. At Chateau Montelena, he crafted the 1973 Chardonnay that outscored the best of France in the now-famous Judgment of Paris that revolutionized the world of wine.  That bottle is now displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History along with his famous beret, suitcase, and his textbooks.

Born April 1, 1923, Grgich grew up in the village of Desne on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, where generations of Grgich’s family grew grapes and made wine. Grgich and business partner Austin Hills broke ground in Rutherford to build Grgich Hills Cellar in July 1977 (later changed to Grgich Hills Estate in 2006 after becoming entirely estate grown). The winery continues to receive international awards for its balanced, elegant wines and is recognized as a leader in sustainable vineyard practices.  In sync with Bardessono and Lucy's LEED Platinum certification, Grgich Hills’ entire acreage is certified organic and the winery has converted to solar power.

Grgich is grooming the next generation to lead Grgich Hills Estates. Daughter Violet Grgich is vice president of operations, and nephew Ivo Jeramaz is vice president of production and vineyards. His contributions to Roots for Peace, an organization dedicated to the conversion of former minefields into successful grape-growing areas, have helped demine areas in his former homeland. A Croatian TV documentary about Grgich’s life, “Like the Old Vine,” premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November 2012 and won the Grand Jury’s Special Award at the 20th annual Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival in Carcassonne-Minervois, France.

Lucy Restaurant & Bar will be serving a four-course paired wine dinner for up to 60 guests on the Bardessono outdoor event patio.  Spend a charming evening with one of Napa Valley's finest legends.

Menu for the evening includes:



 diver scallops, lucy rau rum, garden melon

2011 Grgich HILLS ESTATE Fumet Blanc



 Alaskan Halibut Paillard

lucy greens, padron peppers, sweet corn, basil

 2010 Grgich HILLS ESTATE Chardonnay


Liberty Duck Breast - Don Watson Lamb Sweetbreads

forbidden rice cake, garden choi  - sauce romesco, wrinkled crinkled cress

2009 Grgich HILLS ESTATE Zinfandel - 2008 grgiĆ Vina Plavac Mali


Schmitz Dry Aged Beef Striploin

lucy strawberry spinach, little farms potatoes

2009 Grgich HILLS ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon


K&J Peach Galette

almond cream, crème fraiche sherbet

2009 Grgich HILLS ESTATE Violetta

$150 per person 

Please RSVP by September 12, 2013.

Purchase your ticket here or call (707) 204-6007

to confirm your reservation at the table.

Have questions about Winemaker Dinner with Mike Grgich at Bardessono? Contact Bardessono Hotel & Lucy Restaurant

When & Where

Bardessono Hotel
6526 Yount St
Yountville, CA 94599

Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Bardessono Hotel & Lucy Restaurant

Lucy Restaurant & Bar offers ingredient driven, farm, ocean, field-to-fork cuisine that mbodies the Bardessono modern aesthetic and eco-spirit.  garden cuisine that is always in season. 

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