A Taste of Excellence: Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2016

Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2016 is an exceptional examle of a classic-style Chardonnay. This was crafted with care by the two families behind Grgich Hills – Mike Grgich and the Hills family – and it's a fantastic expression of what can be achieved when passion, knowledge, and expertise come together in perfect harmony.

The grapes for this Chardonnay were hand-selected from the winery's best vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Valleys. They were then fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak , allowing the wine to develop its signature complexity and depth of flavor. The result is a balanced yet flavorful white that is alive with delicious acidity, making it perfect for pairing with food.

On the nose, this Chardonnay offers aromas of ripe apples, pears, and citrus fruits, as well as subtle hints of butterscotch, honey, and vanilla. On the palate it is medium-bodied with flavors of ripe stone fruits paired with a vibrant acidity that helps to bring out all the flavors in any dish you pair it with. The finish is long and smooth, leaving you wanting more.

Since its release in 2016, Grgich Hills Chardonnay has become one of the most sought-after wines from Napa Valley due to its exceptional quality and flavor profile. It's a great choice for any occasion – whether you're enjoying an intimate dinner at home or hosting a large gathering – this Chardonnay will not disappoint!

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The Oaking of Grgich Chardonnay

Yes, Grgich Chardonnay is oaked. The wine is fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak, giving it a classical style with a delicious food-friendly acidity. The oaking process enhances the flavor of the Chardonnay, adding notes of vanilla, toast, and spice to the palate.

Who Is the Owner of Grgich Hills Winery?

Grgich Hills Winery is owned by two families, the Grgich family and the Hills family, who joined together in pursuit of creating world-class wines. Mike Grgich, a renowned winemaker, was the founding partner of the winery together with Austin Hills. Today, Violet Grgich, Mike's daughter, is President of Grgich Hills Winery and Ivo Jeramaz, Mike's nephew, is Winemaker and Vice President of Vineyards & Production.

The Characteristics of Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often known for its buttery creaminess, but this can vary depending on its origin. American Chardonnays are usually aged in oak barrels, which adds to the creamy and buttery flavors of the wine. European Chardonnays, on the other hand, tend to be aged in stainless steel tanks which gives them a crisper flavor profile with more bright apple and citrus notes.

Pronunciation of Grgich Hills Wine

Grgich Hills wine is pronounced “grr-GITCH hills wine.” The word “Grgich” is derived from the surname of the winery's founder, Mike Grgich, who was born in Croatia, now Yugoslavia. To pronounce it correctly, say “grr,” as if growling like a dog, folloed by “gitch.”


The Grgich Hills 2016 Chardonnay is a classically-styled wine that is sure to please. It is full of delicious, food friendly acidity and has been carefully crafted with 10 months of fermentation and aging in French oak. This wine is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the Grgich and Hills families, who together, strive to make some of the best wines in the world. With its bright fruit flavors and long finish, this Chardonnay is a perfect accompaniment for any meal or occasion.

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.