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Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi,the man, the winery, Napa Valley.. On this week’s audio podcast.

Robert Mondavi,the man, the winery, Napa Valley.

Our next guest to share the story, of a man who created celebrity for himself and his winery. He also created celebrity for the whole wine region of Napa Valley, and actually of California.
We are talking about a great new world wine pioneer, an international icon, the late Robert Mondavi, founder of the Robert Mondavi Winery, co-founder with Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Opus One of course, a great patron of the arts, and so much more.

Robert Mondavi and Baron Phillipe de Rothshield

Robert Mondavi and Baron Phillipe de Rothshield

1966 The Winery’s first harvest is celebrated with the first Blessing of the Grapes.
1970 Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi meet for the first time in Hawaii. The Baron suggests the idea of a joint venture, which later becomes Opus One.The photo here is from a later time when the Baron visited Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa.

 Mark de Vere, Master of Wine.

Mark de Vere, Master of Wine.

Here to share the Mondavi story, and share a few of his own, he is a celebrity in his own right.

Our guest  bearing the title of the most prestigious title in the world of wine, that is a MW. Master of Wine, such an elite group, one of only 38 residing in all of the US. Lots to cover today we welcome Mark de Vere, Director of Wine Education for the Constellation Academy of Wine.

Listen to Mark de Vere at 30:06 minutes into the show.

On this week’s radio show…Celebrities and their love of wine.


We have a great show for you today. Our topic “Celebrity Wines.”
Whether owning their own wineries or hooking up with an existing winery, famous directors, actors, musicians, around the world are getting involved in this business.
And why not?  Who wouldn’t want to own a winery?  We do! So we’ve got three special guests joining us here today. You know them all, from celebrity wineries,  the wines and the celebrities themselves.

After Robert’s success in Napa Valley, he returned to his boyhood home in Lodi and founded Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi…. everyday wine.


Robert’s foresight of planting vineyards throughout Northern California resulted in the Robert Mondavi Private Selection.

The late Robert Mondavi is considered the godfather of the California wine movement. This classic cab with cassis, blackberry and cedar notes has been made since the winery’s founding in 166. Enjoy it with hearty dishes, meats, lasagna or filet mignon.

The Wine Ladies meet Margrit Mondavi

On this week’s radio show…Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Jancis Robinson

Wine World News.Hot off the Press with UK’s Wine Critic Jancis Robinson.

In our first segment our esteemed guest world renown British Master of Wine, wine critic, journalist and multi award winning author. Now with her just published 4th edition, “The Oxford Companion to Wine”. Jancis Robinson to join us and reveal a multitude of changes including brand new entries that had no place in her previous 3rd edition of nine years ago. The wine world is evolving at a brisk, exciting pace!

Listen to Jancis Robinson at 7:58 minutes into the show


Jancis Robinson Fourth Edition The Oxford Companion

  • Almost 4,000 A to Z entries on a breathtaking range of topics. From grape varieties and regions to viticulture, growers, and the history of wine
  • More than 60% of entries have been comprehensively revised and updated to include the very latest international research and opinion
  • 300 brand-new entries. Including wine apps, aromatics, geosmin, Hong Kong, minerality, natural wine, social media, and tasting notes language
  • Edited by the award-winning online publisher and Financial Times wine correspondent, Jancis Robinson OBE, Master of Wine, and Julia Harding MW.
  • 187 top local experts, including more than 50 new ones, contribute entries on their specialist regions. Such as Walter Speller on Italy, Huon Hooke on Australia, Michael Fridjhon on South Africa, David Schildknecht on Germany and Austria and Victor de la Serna on Spain.
  • Beautiful new page design incorporating new colour photographs and black and white line drawings.
  • All maps of wine regions have been updated for this edition.


On this week’s audio podcast…

Wine World News… Hot off the Press with UK’s Wine Critic Jancis Robinson PLUS the Pacific Northwest Winning Wine Regions, BC and Oregon.

Extra, extra, read all about it! We have the latest scoop on what is happening in the world of wine. Coming to you today from one of the greatest authorities on wine worldwide. She hails from the UK and is Jancis Robinson.

You’ll hear all about what is happening in China’s vineyards. Yes they grow grapes, they make wine and in fact are the 5th largest producer of wine in the world.

We’ll chat about climate change. Is it affecting our vineyards and how? And finally we have red wine, white, rose and yellow, but have you heard of “orange wine”? And no it is not made with oranges!

We like to stay on top with what’s going on in our market here as well. So as we just recently had a Vintages release of some of the wines of the Great Pacific Northwest, we thought we would take this opportunity to share with you what is going on in two of it’s exciting regions.
Our next two guests hail from award winning wineries representing BC  and Oregon.

Dirty Laundry…”The Okanagan’s Dirty Little Secret”..Hear why on The Wine Ladies audio podcast!