Our next guest here to share the story, of a man who not only created celebrity for himself and his winery, he also created celebrity for the whole wine region of Napa Valley, and actually of California.
We are talking about a great new world wine pioneer, an international icon, the late Robert Mondavi, founder of the Robert Mondavi Winery, co-founder with Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Opus One of course, a great patron of the arts, and so much more.
1966 The Winery's first harvest is celebrated with the first Blessing of the Grapes.
1970 Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi meet for the first time in Hawaii. The Baron suggests the idea of a joint venture, which later becomes Opus One.The photo here is from a later time when the Baron visited Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa.
Here to share the Mondavi story, and share a few of his own, he is a celebrity in his own right, bearing the title of the most prestigious title in the world of wine, that is a MW, or a Master of Wine, such an elite group, one of only 38 residing in all of the US. Lots to cover today we welcome Mark de Vere, Director of Wine Education for the Constellation Academy of Wine.
After Robert's success in Napa Valley, he returned to his boyhood home in Lodi and founded Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.... everyday wine.
Robert's foresight of planting vineyards throughout Northern California resulted in the Robert Mondavi Private Selection.
The late Robert Mondavi is considered the godfather of the California wine movement. This classic cab with cassis, blackberry and cedar notes has been made since the winery's founding in 166. Enjoy it with hearty dishes, meats, lasagna or filet mignon.
The Wine Ladies meet Margrit Mondavi