Grgich Hills Estate
Grgich Hill Estate winery was founded on July 4, 1977, in California’s Napa Valley. The previous year, Miljenko “Mike” Grgich had stunned the international wine world by winning the Paris Tasting competition with a Napa Valley chardonnay that a panel of eminent French judges had chosen as the finest white wine in the world. This immediately earned Grgich a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world. Today, the winery remains committed to making distinctive wines that have been served at state dinners by U.S. Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand. Violet Grgrich, Mike’s daughter, will be a featured guest of Montana Master Chefs. Violet’s passion for wine began at an early age, as she literally grew up accompanying her father in the vineyards and wine cellar.
Merry Edwards Winery
Merry Edwards Winery from Sonoma Valley, California, produces critically acclaimed pinot noirs in the area’s Russian River Valley. One of California’s first woman winemakers, Merry Edwards has been making award-winning wines since the early 1970s. In 2013, Edwards was inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintners Hall of Fame, and she also won the coveted James Beard Award for Best Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional in the United States. Edwards was just the fourth woman to be so honored. Merry's husband and partner Ken Coopersmith will join us and share his wine expertise.
The founders of Rombauer Vineyards, Koerner and Joan Rombauer, moved their family to Napa Valley in 1972. They arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Koerner’s great aunt Irma Rombauer authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking, and his ancestors originated from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal. According to Wine Spectator, “Rombauer defines the California Chardonnay style that so many adore.” Rombauer Vineyards was established in 1980, and 35 years later, the winery remains owned and operated by first- and second-generation family members. Paws Up is pleased to welcome Koerner “KR” Rombauer III as a featured Montana Master Chefs guest.
To make reservations for Montana Master Chefs, please call 877-758-8644 or chat with us.