8th Annual Grgich Hills Wine Dinner

Starts At 6:30 pm
On Tue Jan 24
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A Varanese tradition returns! Join us for the 8th Annual Grgich Hills Estate Wine Dinner on January 24 & 25, 2017. Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich,  as the finest white wine in the world. Learn more about the history of Grgich Hills Estate HERE! The cost of this dinner will be $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required with a credit card and can be made by calling (502) 899-9904 or emailing A $25 per seat fee will be charged for reservations cancelled within 24 hours of the event.


First Course Fume Blanc Woodland Farms Coppa with Granny Smith Apples, Local Honey Comb, and Drunken Goat Cheese

Second Course Chardonnay Radicchio and Frisée Salad tossed with a Smoked Shrimp Vinaigrette topped with Ancho Corn Nuts and Charred Tomatoes


Third Course Merlot Duck Confit and Dried Cherry Tortellini in a Brown Butter Sauce with English Peas, Country Ham and Pea Tendrils topped with Duck Crackling

Fourth Course Cabernet Slow Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs and Wild Mushrooms served over Smoked Bacon and Boursin Cheese Whipped Potatoes

Fifth Course Zinfandel Olive Oil Cake with Blackberry Compote, Warm Marshmallow Cream and Cinnamon Spice Ice Cream

Executive Chef/Owner – John Varanase Chef de Cuisine – Erik Abraham Sous Chef – Thomas Wilburn Sous Chef – Callie Critchelow Guest Speaker – Sean Barrett, Grgich Hills Estate

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