RUTHERFORD (CBS SF) – Two wines produced in Napa County will now take their place alongside Abraham Lincoln’s hat and Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit in a book just published by the Smithsonian Institution.
The book, 101 Objects That Made America, features 101 objects that curator Richard Kurin chose from the museum’s holdings of 137 million artifacts to illustrate this country’s history.READ MORE: UPDATE: River Fire Erupts in Nevada and Placer Counties; Evacuations Ordered in Colfax
The Bay Area wines beat out French vintages to win the infamous 1976 Paris Tasting.
In that blind competition, experts picked the 1973 cabernet sauvignon from Napa’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and the 1973 chardonnay from Rutherford’s Chateau Montelena. Until then, French wines dominated the market, and many had not considered it possible for a California wine to win such a competition.READ MORE: California Drought: Cotati Farm Rescuing Livestock Abandoned Due to Water Shortages
The man who crafted the Chateau Montelena chardonnay, Miljenko Grgich, says he is beyond honored to have his wine included in the book.
Grgich, originally from Croatia, said, “When I arrived in the United States, I thought I was the luckiest man alive to have my dream come true of making wine in California. But this recognition far exceeds my American Dream.”MORE NEWS: Latest Terms Give SF-Based Ancestry.Com Rights To Users' Photos, Images Forever
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