Last weekend my best friends visited from DC and South Carolina. Unaware the heat wave was going to be at its peak on Friday, we decided to head to Napa. We arrived in the valley around 10 am and it was already in the 80’s. We did a tasting at my usual V. Sattui and Mumm Napa. We were heading south on St. Helena Hwy and decided to make one last stop at Grgich Hill. It was too hot to roam around for longer than a few minutes so we heading straight into the tasting room to get down to business. The tasting staff was busy but we had a nice VERY enthusiatic guy wait on us.
He was very excited to tell us about the wine and was very a very animated fella. We decided to go with the Summer Flight because it was the most refreshing wine options.
I was really surprised by the history of Grgich Hills. I have heard about the “Paris Tasting” of 1976 but I was unaware the winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich crafted the Chardonnay that won! Mike Grgich is known by many in the wine world as a legend. He is currently 94 and still passionate as ever about wine.
While visiting I saw their Grape Stomp area and it was super tempting. Here is some details:
Grape Stomp-August 18 until Oct. 29
You’ll create a unique keepsake by putting your grape-stained feet on a white “I stomped at Grgich Hills” t-shirt. All guests 21+ will also enjoy a glass of Grgich Hills Estate wine in a monogrammed GoVino wine glass that you can take home as a souvenir.
In 2017, grape stomp is available August 18 to October 29 daily from 10 am to 4:00 pm.
- Cost is $35 per person
- $25 for wine club members
- Minors/non wine consuming stompers: $25
- Reservations required for groups of 8 or more. Cost is $40 per person.
Summer Flight– $25
2015 Napa Valley Essence, Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Fume Blanc, Napa Valley
2014 40th Anniversary Chardonnay
Paris Tasting “Commemorative” Chardonnay
This wine is $94 because this wine is priced for Mike Grgich’s age. He is 94 today and going strong and each year he grows older the wine will increase one dollar in price. Get it while its cheapest.
This wine is a copy cat of the the winning 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. This wine makes your mouth very happy with flavors of cooked apple, butter and a mineral character. Its a layered with flavors that coat your mouth in the perfect way.
Sum it up:
- Passionate staff
- GREAT chardonnay
- World renowned winemaker