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Snooth User: Philip James

Robert Mondavi dies at 94

Posted by Philip James, May 16, 2008.

This is the guy that turned americans to drinking wine, firstly via the Charles Krug winery his father acquired and ran, then after the split with his family, via his own winery, the eponymous Robert Mondavi winery, and then after selling that in 2006 (?), he started yet again with the Continuum winery, which turned out its first vintage in 2008.

An iconic figure who was really the driving force behind Napa's rise to fame as one of the great wine producing regions of the world, he's also the co-founder of the Opus One joint venture with Baron Philippe de Rothschild.


Reply by oceank8, May 16, 2008.

Nice write up about him. It's one of those things where I didn't know him, he lived a long time, and yet I am still sad. Like the day Dr. Seuss died.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, May 16, 2008.

Agreed, Ocean. Sad days for me too.

Reply by Philip James, May 17, 2008.

Just got back from buying some wine from the local off-license, and found myself chatting to the owner about Mondavi.

I also stocked up on Mondavi and Charles Krug wines, I've yet to see any Continuum anywhere...

Reply by John Andrews, May 19, 2008.

Continuum is on allocation ... I got some ... thinking I should get some of it.

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, May 19, 2008.

The Mondavis sold out in 2004/2005 - the House of Mondavi book just came out in paperback.

Reply by Philip James, May 19, 2008.

I reviewed that book a few weeks ago here:

Reply by oceank8, May 19, 2008.

Just bought the book last week, can't wait to start reading it! Are some of you buying the wine with the hope of reselling it or just holding on to it to drink it?

Reply by Philip James, May 20, 2008.

Which? It might work with Continuum, but the Robert Mondavi winery was sold to Constellation brands, so isnt even owned by the family anymore.

I just bought a few to be nostalgic

Reply by oceank8, May 20, 2008.

Okay, nostalgia I can understand. Just thought I was missing something when people said they were buying Mondavi or Krug wines. I figure it's probably been a long time since he has been involved in any of them.

Started The House of Mondavi today, only 40 pages in but already love it. I think this is the perfect time to read it, everyone is talking about Robert and it's nice to have something to add to the conversation.

Reply by Philip James, Jul 3, 2008.

"Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives on Thursday honoring Robert Mondavi for his wine industry work.

Resolution 365 detailed Mondavi’s accomplishments, including introducing new techniques for wine production and helping to successfully market the Napa Valley as a world-class center for grapegrowing and winemaking."

I thought this was very cool, but i'm not sure what the resolution actually resolved.

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jul 7, 2008.

Philip - In the US Congress, these types of things happen all the time. Representative Thompson is just recognizing a native son with some kind words that will be committed to the Congressional Record.

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