Saturday, May 17, 2008

Goodbye Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi, the California wine legend who changed the status of American wines, has died at the age of 94, according to the NY Times. I've written about Mondavi in the past on this blog -- visit the archives to view the old stories. One can't help but be impressed with Mondavi's achievements. After a bitter fight with his brother, he split from his wine-making family at age 52 and started his own winery. Over the next ten years, he introduced French techniques (such as using oak barrels and cold fermentation) to improve the typical jug wine that was being produced. In 1976 came the momentous tasting when, to the shock of many, California wines beat French wines in a blind taste test. Since then, California wines have steadily improved and are on a par with the best wines in the world (at least in my opinion). Mondavi left quite a legacy.

So tonight, as you uncork your California cabernet or chardonnay, drink a toast to Robert Mondavi whose vision changed the face (and taste) of California wines.


Anonymous Curly Buttler said...

Who hasn't had Mondavi wine? So it may not be the best or even trendy, but they have always in my opinion produced a solid, excellent product. A visit to Napa didn't seem complete without a stop here. The tour was one of the best of the trips and the tastings very good. I would recommend this to anyone.I like to drink his wine with Cuban cigars which are the Best Cigars in the world.

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Blogger sangeee said...

wow, i missed the the creation of these little beauties! they look good!

Wine Fridge

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