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  • Honoring Miljenko ``Mike’’ Grgich

    by Representative Mike Thompson

    Posted on 2013-03-13

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    THOMPSON of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Mr. THOMPSON of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Miljenko ``Mike'' Grgich on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Born in Croatia, Mr. Grgich studied winemaking and viticulture at the University of Zagreb before he left communist Croatia for the Napa Valley in 1958.

    In 1976 the Chardonnay that Mike made won the famed Paris Tasting. This victory shattered the myth that only French soil can produce world-class wines, and the victory pumped new energy into the California wine industry, particularly in the Napa Valley. Following Mike's lead, California vintners redoubled their efforts to make better wines each year.

    In honor of his contributions to the industry, Mike was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame on March 7, 2008, the same year the California State Fair presented Mike Grgich with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

    In 1977 Mr. Grgich launched Grgich Hills Winery, a stunning illustration of innovation in winemalcing. The winery converted to solar power in 2006, and today farms all of its 366 acres organically. Each of the wines that the vineyard produces is estate grown.

    Today Mr. Grgich is active in Roots of Peace, the international campaign to rid the world of land mines by changing the mines to vines. In 2007, Roots of Peace presented Mike with its Global Citizen Award for his leadership and unique contributions in raising landmine awareness around the globe.

    Mr. Grgich's winery donates to a number of organizations and it is a longtime supporter of the Auction Napa Valley, which raises money for local nonprofit organizations.

    Mr. Grgich is a legend of the Napa Valley and a champion of our community. Mr. Speaker, it is only appropriate that we honor Miljenko Ggrich's profound contributions to Napa Valley and the art of American winemaking ____________________

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