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.