Robert Mondavi Winery Milestone 50th Anniversary Celebration Slated for July 16

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Robert Mondavi Winery, a milestone that will culminate with a celebration at the winery in Oakville on July 16. The event begins at noon and will include live music, in-depth wine seminars and tastings, cooking demonstrations with top local chefs, a photo booth, horse-and-buggy rides through the historic To Kalon Vineyard and more.

Robert Mondavi established his winery in 1966, inspired by the belief that he could produce world-class wines in the Napa Valley. Today, Robert Mondavi Winery is recognized as a pioneer and industry leader that not only produces exceptional wines, but helped put Napa Valley on the map as one of North America’s most highly-regarded wine regions. The July 16 celebration will commemorate this significant milestone at the winery where it all began 50 years ago.

Archival Robert Mondavi holding grapes (1)_693In the reception room guests will be greeted by a spectacular, multi-tiered 50th anniversary “wine cake,” featuring bottles from each vintage starting with 1966. Guests over 21 will receive a keepsake glass bearing the Robert Mondavi Winery logo, as well as three complimentary wine pours.  Additional wines will be available for purchase. There will be threecomplimentary wine demonstrations throughout the day, led by Masters of Wine (MW) Mark de Vere and Peter Marks and hosted in the winery’s To Kalon Cellar. The seminars are limited to 50 guests each (age 21 and over) and attendance is first come, first served.

The event will also feature cooking demonstrations, highlighting the work of four renowned local chefs who will each create a dish inspired by one of Robert Mondavi’s wines. Guest chefs include:  Cindy Pawlcyn, Bob Hurley, Victor Scargle and Giovanni Guerrera. The free demonstrations will accommodate 50 people each and are first come, first served.

Food vendors will be on site, offering a variety of delicious selections for purchase; Ring of Fire, Villa Corona, Marks the Spot, Cousins Lobster, Ben & Jerry’s, The Vintage Sweet Shoppe and Annie the Baker are among those set to attend.

Entertainment highlights include an art demonstration by local art teacher and Robert Mondavi wine educator Channing Rudd, as well as a number of live musical performances. Music will begin at 12:00 with Ballet Folklorico el Valle St. Helena, followed by River School World Percussion, Shelby Lanterman and Full Chizel.

There is no entry fee for this open to the public event, and all ages are welcome.* Admission is on a first come, first served basis until the event reaches capacity.   Carpooling is encouraged, as there is limited parking available at the winery.

Robert Mondavi Winery is located at 7801 St. Helena Highway in Oakville, Napa Valley. Additional information is available at www.robertmondaviwinery.com/50

*Some activities restricted to adults of legal drinking age only

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About Robert Mondavi Winery

Founded in 1966 by winemaking pioneer and icon Robert Mondavi, the winery that bears his name is an enduring presence and shining symbol of California’s Napa Valley.  The first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition, Robert Mondavi Winery created the foundation for the modern-day California wine industry.  An ardent believer that wines should reflect their origins, Mr. Mondavi charted a winemaking course that is now legendary.  Today, Robert Mondavi Winery continues to pursue the fullest expression of the terroir of Napa Valley in wines that are also varietally authentic.  At the heart and soul of the Robert Mondavi Winery is the To Kalon Vineyard, a 440-acre parcel of exceptional provenance that contributes to the winery’s Napa Valley, Oakville District, To Kalon vineyard-designated and Reserve wine programs.  The site famously includes the five-acre I Block.  Planted in 1945, it is believed to be the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the New World.  For additional information about Robert Mondavi Winery visit: www.robertmondaviwinery.com