How does a California winemaker follow a highly praised 2007 harvest with one fraught with drama and uncertainty? According to Genevieve Janssens, Robert Mondavi Winery’s Director of Winemaking and 2010 Winemaker of the Year, “with intuition, ingenuity, and a lot of patience.”

The 2008 vintage was a year uncommonly experienced in California, as low rainfall, a devastating spring frost (the worst in over 30 years), and wildfires threatened to destroy thousands of vineyard acres. Drier soils and freezing temperatures resulted in many sleepless nights for vineyard managers—who worked tirelessly to protect crops from severe damage.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Robert Mondavi Winery’s new release and hear how its celebrated winemaker endured the 2008 season during a live webcast on October 27. Janssens will be joined by Vice President of Cultural Affairs, Margrit Mondavi, and Estate Director, Carl R. Jaeger, and is excited to share her experience with a global audience, stating, “It is wonderful that through the use of technology we can give our fans an insider’s look at our wines. Before, an experience like this could only be had at the winery, and now we can bring the winery out to the world.”

For more information about the live webcast, visit Robert Mondavi Winery’s event page on Facebook.

Learn more about the 2008 harvest and what the experts say by reading the full article.