A Patriarch's Passing

www.Carolyntillie.comCalifornian and American wine has lost one of its greatest leaders.

Robert G. Mondavi, wine industry scion and founder of the the famous eponymous Napa winery passed away at the age of 94 on Friday, 05/16/08.

Arresting and vibrantly engaging even towards the end, Mondavi is widely regarded as the greatest influence on American wine over the last four decades and an unstoppable force that led to the international renown that Californian wine in particular, now enjoys across the globe.

He was a leader that introduced and blended New and Old World fine winemaking techniques to the Napa Valley while he owned his namesake winery in Oakville. He was also credited for his unselfish support of other local vintners and his constant efforts to encourage the sharing of winemaking expertise and experience all across the valley. His single-minded one-man PR campaign for the Napa Valley and its wine could be considered his single largest contribution to the wine world, however.

The world is a lesser place without his outsized personality, but his legacy remains with the knowledge and unflagging joy of wine that he brought to people the world over and the assurance that the wine industry will continue to grow, led by the new leaders that he helped nurture to replace him.

Vinopanion: Ward Kadel - @drXeNo

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Ward Kadel - @drXeNo is the founder of Vinopanion wine blog, former West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for WineLog.net and former Le Wine Buff for Bordeaux.com (CIVB). He will try any and all wines and tends to write about the parts of his life that include wine...like virtually all of it! He and his wife grew up in Napa and Sonoma and they still live in the Napa Valley. Check out the wines he's recommended with his WKBadges. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Like #Vinopanion on Facebook. Contact him: "Ward at WineLog.net". Ward happily accepts samples but does not guarantee a review, positive or negative.

1 Comment

  1. […] always wanted to meet.  Mike and I had a rather interesting conversation, discussing the passing of Mr. Robert Mondavi and whom should pick up the torch and continue the march of spreading the wines of the Napa Valley […]

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