I never met the him personally, but I've driven by the iconic winery many times during my trips up to Napa Valley, and devoured a biography of him a couple of years ago. My dad actually met Mr. Mondavi in the late 80's when he was working at Sherry-Lehman in New York. From what I understand, "Bob" came to town to do a trade tasting and was pouring his wines. What an experience that must have been!
Anyways, it's been a while since I tasted any Mondavi wines but they're certainly continuing to garner attention from wine critics and fans around the country. Perhaps more importantly, the man's legacy continues to define and shape Napa Valley, and indeed California, if not the world's wine culture. It is only fitting that we raise a glass to him today and honor someone who did so much for all of us wine drinkers, wine geeks, wine aficianodos, and wine lovers.
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