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The House Of Mondavi

I am in the process of reading the book; The House of Mondavi, the rise and fall of an American wine Dynasty by Julia Flynn Siler.  The book was first published in June 2007 and is a fascinating look deep inside the Napa Valley’s well known Mondavi family.  I have not yet finished the book, but already I have learned so much that I did not know.  For example, most people know the name Robert Mondavi, hailed by some as the father or founder of Napa Valley as we know it today.  While, Robert was clearly the most outspoken Mondavi there is a whole family tree of Mondavi’s dating back to the early 1900’s.  It begins with Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, Peter and Robert Mondavi’s parents.  Cesare an immigrant that imparted his wise business skills to his sons was the head of the family until his death in 1959 when the fighting between the brothers could no longer be controlled.  There were also the daughters of Cesare and Rosa, Helen and Mary Mondavi who were involved in the wine business but much less than their brothers.  The book leads you through the early days when the family purchased the Krug winery, the turmoil amongst the family members, the divorces, the deaths, and of course, the winemaking. 

As I mentioned, I am in the process of reading the book and will provide a complete review once completed.  However, I already recommend the book to anyone with a love of wine and the history of the Valley.

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