Rico Cassoni (left), Mike Grgich (center), Frank Mangio (right)
My intuitions were correct when I was thinking that meeting the legendary, icon Miljenko (Mike) Grgich would be a highlight of Taste of Wine and Food's (TOWAF) Napa / Sonoma Press Tour. Taste of Wine and Food Senior Editor, Frank Mangio, has been a long time friend of Mike and Grgich Hills Estate. As the new Internet and Tech Director for TOWAF, I was super excited to visit Grgich Hills Estate to meet Mike. It was a living history lesson as we enjoyed the latest Grgich Hills Estate wines and were able to savor and enjoy Mike speaking about his accomplishments for the US wine industry and Napa Valley. I must admit that my notes were limited as I just wanted to hold onto every word that Mike said and not take notes. Some of the wines that we tasted included the 2014 Chardonnay, 2015 Fume Blanc, 2013 Zinfandel, and 2014 Merlot. Last and the most outstanding, although all were incredible, was the 2013 Yountville Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon representing some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Napa Valley. Needless to say this was an exceptional wine. Thank you Mike and Grgich Hills Estate (Maria, Rebecca, and Yanich) for a memorable tour!