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Wine of The Week – Grgich Hills Estate 2013 Chardonnay -$43

Goes perfectly with Turkey

Dwight Casimere | 11/17/2016, 10 a.m.
In 1976, Napa Valley winemaker Mike GRGICH rocked the wine world with his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the ...

In 1976, Napa Valley winemaker Mike GRGICH rocked the wine world with his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the now-famous Paris Tasting that revolutionized the world of wine and put American-made wine on the map.

Since founding GRGICH Hills winery in 1977, the 93-year-old winemaker has continued to garner praise and accolades, including being inducted into the Vintners Hall of Wine. This year, his daughter, Violet GRGICH, who is now proprietor of the estate, is crossing the country, telling the dramatic story of this Croatian immigrant whose wine now is part of the Smithsonian Institutes "101 Objects That Made America" right along with Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

This year, the "King of Chardonnay" has released the winery's 2013 Chardonnay. The wine is the result of nearly perfect growing conditions in a year that saw consistent sunshine and moderate temperatures. The resulting wine is opulent and fabulous, with luscious flavors of ripe melon, tropical fruits, Meyer lemon and hints of peaches, tangerines, and white flowers on the nose.

Aged 10 months in French oak, the drinker is further rewarded with warm flavors of holiday baking spices and a natural acidity that allows these delicious flavors to linger long on the palate. This is the perfect wine to grace the holiday table. It goes perfectly with turkey, Cornish Game Hen, Lamb, Ham, or roasted pork loin. Serve it from the beginning of the meal, with a cheese platter, crudité, pates or charcuterie. Shrimp cocktail is a natural. In short, you can't go wrong with wine made by this legendary winemaker.