What a guy.


When Robert Mondavi launched his signature winery back in 1966, many people here in the Napa Valley thought Bob was downright crazy. “Come on, Bob, make wines as good as the French? Are you kidding? They’ve been at it for centuries!” To all the doubters and nay-sayers, Bob would stick out his jaw and say, “Oh, yeah? Well, I’ll show you!”


And show them he did; he showed all of us. Today we in America are making wines that are every bit as good as the French, and fine wine and fine food have become shining pillars of American culture and our daily lives. Thanks to one man of vision and courage who refused to take no for an answer. We salute you, dear friend, and we thank you for your many years of inspiration. Bob Mondavi, the spiritual godfather of Val de Grace Books.