ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY – WINE TASTING NAPA VALLEY

Travel back in time through the history of winemaking and you’ll surely see Robert Mondavi littered throughout, starting in the first chapter. Napa Valley owes, in large part, most of its success to Mondavi when in 1966 he set up shop in Oakville and opened his own winery. Determined to bring the valley to forefront of winemaking and hellbent on establishing it as a major contender in the marketplace, Mondavi set out to make quality wines and championed those around him to do the same. Time and time again we hear the same stories now of blind tastings with fellow colleagues, utilizing each other’s efforts and the iterative process to reach the highest standards in winemaking.
Tucked into the historic To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, the winery is open to the public for daily tours and tastings. It’s a classic for tourists and one not be missed should you find yourself thirsty for knowledge. Their well trained staff is filled with a wealth of information that would impress even the most scholarly wine enthusiast.
This particular tour/tasting was conducted by Senior Wine Educator Dana Douglas Andrus for myself and fellow PRESS sommelier Gillian Dougherty. We traveled through the vineyards and then into the winemaking facilities where we concluded with a very special 1979 Robert Mondavi Cabernet. The folks at Mondavi are top notch and though our experience was a bit more elevated and comprehensive than most, I still can’t recommend visiting there enough.
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ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY: http://www.robertmondaviwinery.com/
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AMANDA MCCROSSIN: http://amandamccrossin.com
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