‘Straight Talk’ Podcast Episode 2 Spotlights Mondavi Legacy with Exclusive Interviews

Host James Molesworth shares never-before-heard conversations with Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken, Continuum Estate co-founder Tim Mondavi, international winemaking star Paul Hobbs and more

‘Straight Talk’ Podcast Episode 2 Spotlights Mondavi Legacy with Exclusive Interviews
Wine Spectator senior editor and special projects director James Molesworth hosts the new Straight Talk with Wine Spectator podcast. (Alina Tyulyu)
Nov 11, 2022

Hosted by Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth, episode 2 of the new Straight Talk podcast features a deep dive into the Robert Mondavi Winery legacy, featuring exclusive interviews with Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken, Continuum Estate co-founder and Robert's son Tim Mondavi, international winemaking star and Mondavi winery alum Paul Hobbs, and with Mount Veeder winery founders and former Mondavi winery tour guides Arlene and Michael Bernstein.

In never-before-heard exclusive interviews, episode 2 of Straight Talk includes striking recollections of the Robert Mondavi era, including Tim Mondavi's memories growing up at Charles Krug winery, a chance encounter between the Bernsteins and Robert Mondavi on his first date with Margrit Biever, and the moment 30 years ago when Marvin R. Shanken recognized that the Mondavi brand was in trouble.

Molesworth also discusses the future of the Robert Mondavi brand with Robert Hanson, president of Constellation’s Wine & Spirits division, which now owns the Mondavi winery and its esteemed To Kalon Vineyard.

Wine Spectator's Straight Talk podcast is available exclusively—and for free—at WineSpectator.com/podcast. Hosted by senior editor and special projects director James Molesworth, each episode spotlights subjects featured in the most recent issues of Wine Spectator magazine, with episode 2 taking its cue from the Nov. 30, 2022, issue cover story.

Episode 2 of Straight Talk also features a visit from Wine Spectator's mysterious and beloved wine advice expert Dr. Vinny (senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec), joined by podcast director Robert Taylor. Listeners can email their questions and comments to StraightTalk@WineSpectator.com,

The next episode of Straight Talk will spotlight the Dec. 15, 2022, issue, with a focus on Champagne—only at WineSpectator.com/podcast.

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