Saturday, May 17, 2008
Robert Mondavi Dies
Robert Mondavi, the father of the modern California wine industry, died Friday at the age of 94 after an impossibly long and productive life. I'm reading "The House of Mondavi" right now, and through that narrative one is as astounded by this great man's many personal missteps as by his achievements, and by the striking elements of Greek tragedy to be found in his story. Still, his achievements were monumental and there's no denying that the wine world would be a very different place without him.
Here's the Times obit, which ought to be twice as long as it is.