December 4, 2013. Rutherford, CA. The winners of the 2013 Miljenko Grgich Wine Studies Scholarship have been selected: Ashley Schuyler from Yountville, Kara Chamberlain from Memphis, Tennessee and Molly Rubinstein from San Anselmo, California.
The scholarship assistance is for students of the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program. Winners must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, already working in the wine or hospitality fields and submit a short essay on their dream position.
The fund was created in 2006 by Vintner Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich. “I feel I am the luckiest man alive to have my dream come true of making wine in California,” says Grgich. “This scholarship allows me to help the next generation achieve their own dreams by starting a foundation for professional wine studies.”
Located at 1829 St. Helena Hwy (Hwy. 29) in Rutherford, Grgich Hills Estate was founded in 1977 by Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and Austin Hills after Mike’s Chardonnay outscored the best of France in the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting.
Today, this iconic winery farms 366 acres naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and uses its passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines. Mike is assisted by his daughter, Violet Grgich, vice president of operations, and his nephew, Ivo Jeramaz, vice president of vineyards and production. For more information, visit www.grgich.com.