Mark Aselstine
June 17, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Robert Mondavi's 98th Birthday

I don’t think we’re likely to ever see another generation of California winery owners, winemaker and vineyard owners to achieve the level of success, progress and influence as we did in the 1960’s as the Golden State went from a region producing fortified, cheap and sweet wines to one of the preeminent fine wine producing regions in the world.

Robert Mondavi’s story has certainly been told enough times in more definitive terms than I could ever in this space, but he truly was at the forefront of moving California into its role at the forefront of innovation, research and of course, quality wine production.

Today would have been his 98th birthday and I can applaud the winery which still carries his name for celebrating today. There are still many lessons which anyone within the wine business can learn from Mondavi’s passion and ability to take appropriate risk.

I don’t usually drink anything made at the Mondavi winery (and it certainly isn’t a good fit for any of our wine clubs) but today I’ll open a bottle of his Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and toast to one of the people who helped create a market which made Uncorked Ventures possible.


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