Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Founders Donate $4 Million to Smithsonian

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars founders Warren and Barbara Winiarski made waves when their Cabernet Sauvignon stood out at the Judgment of Paris in 1976, enhancing the reputations of their winery and of Napa Valley. They enshrined their legacy 20 years later when they donated $50,000 to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History to fund a research initiative on Napa and U.S. wine history, which helped establish the museum’s American Food History Project.

On June 7, the Smithsonian announced that the Winiarskis will help ensure that project’s future with a $4 million bequest.

Fittingly for the Smithsonian, the Winiarskis say their donations were partly inspired by U.S. history. “I like to imagine that Thomas Jefferson would be gratified to see how far we’ve come as a wine-producing country,” Warren told Wine Spectator via…

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