Normally when a person passes away, our memories of him fade over time.
I don't think that this will apply to Robert Mondavi.
Much has been written about him, his life and his many contributions, to wine and beyond. He was a singular man, as focused on one great objective as anyone I have ever known.
California wine: Improving its quality and earning its acceptance as world-class … that was his singular lifelong mission.
I first heard his sermons on the subject back in 1970, when I met him at his new winery on Route 29 in Oakville. He had the fire and spirit of a young boy with his first shiny new bicycle.
That spirit never waned during almost 95 years of life.
While the final chapters of his life were filled with much personal and business turbulence, his contributions to the world of wine are beyond question.
In the pages of Wine Spectator, we have covered his life and achievements more extensively than any other person in the world of wine. In fact he has appeared on seven covers – a record.
Please see James Laube’s obituary of Mondavi to gain a fuller insight into who this man was and what he accomplished.
Robert Mondavi will be sorely missed. Time will tell if anyone will ever be big enough to step into his shoes.
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