Advance Praise for “A Glass Full of Miracles”

“Mike Grgich may be small in stature, but he is a giant in the world of wine. His new book dramatically tells his full story, which is a great tale of a dream come true. I heard some of his stories when I was working on my book Judgment of Paris, and in reading his book I felt like I was listening to him tell them again. You hear the voice of Mike come through loud and clear. The book also shows clearly that there are a lot more aspects to Mike’s life than just Cabernet and Chardonnay. It’s a great and fun read.”

George M. Taber, author of “Judgment of Paris”

“Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes with Napa Valley winemaker Mike Grgich knows that he loves to tell stories. This penchant for spinning tales, when combined with the incredibly long, storied life he has led, makes an engaging, almost lyrical memoir that’s entertaining for the average person and compelling for the person who appreciates fine wine or modern history.”

Jim Gordon
Editor, Wines & Vines

“This would be an important oral history of one of Napa Valley’s most famous winemakers even if it were dull. Fortunately, it’s not. Mike Grgich’s voice is personable and his brisk retelling of events puts you right there, whether he’s losing his shirt in a river before an important boyhood religious ceremony, or hoping for the color to return to normal in an important Chardonnay. Mike has lived an amazing life and this book captures it.”

W. Blake Gray, wine columnist and publisher of The Gray Report

“His Old World gumption packed in a flimsy valise, diminutive Miljenko Grgich fled oppression in his native Croatia more than half a century ago to stand tall in the emerging in the emerging California wine industry. His travails and triumphs are laid out by the 92-year-old vintner in an autobiographical page turner that wine enthusiasts all over the world will appreciate. I’m proud to have crossed paths with Mike Grgich and to call him a friend.”

Pierce Carson
Food/Arts/Wine Reporter, Napa Register

“The journey of Miljenko ‘Mike’ Grgich from his homeland, Croatia, to rock star status in California’s Napa Valley is a gripping tale, made all the more inspiring by Mike’s spectacular success as a winemaker. Grgich figured prominently in the dramatic rise of the Napa Valley as the man who made the legendary 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that triumphed at the infamous Judgment of Paris tastings. He went on to even greater acclaim as winemaker/proprietor of Grgich Hills Cellars, an estate that now boasts more than 300 acres of planted vineyards. ‘A Glass Full of Miracles’ is a remarkable story well told.”

Robert Whitley, publisher and managing partner of Wine Review Online and
author of “Wine Talk,” a column syndicated nationally by the Creators Syndicate.

“Mike Grgich not only changed the course of the wine world at the Judgment of Paris 40 years ago, but the wines he made – and still makes – have always set a standard for other producers to emulate. Though many California winemakers have followed chic trends over the years, the standard has once again returned to the classic elegance Mike has always espoused. This book helps explain why.”

Paul Franson, publisher of NapaLife
and author of The NapaLife Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley

“Even though Grgich is America’s most influential winemaker, this book is more about life than wine. It has lessons for us all—and you needn’t be a wine lover to enjoy it.”

Dr. Michael Apstein, Columnist,

“My wife Sheila and I have been great friends with Mike Grgich from his early days at Chateau Montelena in the 1970’s. We were delighted and enjoyed reading his biography of his family and background in this book. It was my privilege to have sponsored Mike to become a Supreme Knight in the SF Bay Area chapter of the Brotherhood of Knights of the Vine. He joined with other California great Supreme Knights such as Robert Mondavi, Julio Gallo, Joseph Heitz, Warren Winiarski, and Andre Tchelistcheff in this honor. The KOV is a member of the International Wine Brotherhoods of the World, FICB.”

Dr. Ron Light, Master Vice Commander,
San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Knights of the Vine.