There is no new California Wine Country episode this week, due to statewide Coronavirus precautions. For this week's podcast episode, we begin a series of reruns of episodes that feature women in the wine business. This episode was originally broadcast on August 23, 2017. Cheers! Megan Schofield, winemaker for Robert Mondavi Winery, joins Tom Simoneau, Dan Berger and Steve Jaxon, who are all excited to have a 2014 Robert Mondavi To Kalon I-Block Fumé Blanc to taste, which is a rare treat.Steve asks Tom to tell about Mondavi and how Robert Mondavi had a falling out with a brother about the direction of the family winery. He started it in 1966. He brought Napa Valley into the forefront, was the master marketer. Tom considered Robert Mondovi to be a mentor in the business. He brought a class to the vineyard.The To Kalon I-Block is the particular parcel that produces an astounding Sauvignon Blanc. Dan says it needs a lot of time in the bottle and is similar to the greatest wines of the eastern Loire Valley in France. Most people just don’t put it away long enough, it needs 7 to 10 years. It can only be purchased at the winery, not at retail. Dan says this particular wine is worth the trip over the hill.Megan tells that she has been at Mondavi for about two and a half years and she is one of three winemakers there. She handles the Burgundian reds and this year the Sauvignon Blanc. They have another Bordeaux red winemaker and their director is Geneviève Janssens. She grew up in Canada in the Niagra region and saw a career path with her college, Brock University, had opened to train Canadian winemakers. She has worked as a winemaker for many years at different wineries including Simi Winery.Steve tells how Mondavi is known for both technical winemaking and marketing. He promoted labeling wines varietally rather than generically.Dan knew Bob Mondavi well and says he was dedicated to the overall quality of wines especially from Napa Valley. He encouraged quality above all else. The feud he had with his brother in the mid-60s caused a separation. Part of the reason was that Bob wanted to focus on quality. They were both reared in Charles Krug winery. Bob wanted to emphasize the greatness of the different varieties. He changed the name of his Sauvignon Blanc to Fumé Blanc, which is the name they have always used. He was also into comparisons with the best European wines. He said, “We belong at the table with the best wines.” From 1966 to 1970 they were on the road 300 days a year for four years, selling aggressively.Tom tells the legend that there was a train that passed by a vineyard leaving a trail of smoke and dust and that inspired the name. Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre are the French names.Now they taste the To Kalon I-block wine. To Kalon is a very special piece of soil that Robert Mondavi discovered to produce some of the finest wines he was making. Megan explains that it is Greek and roughly means “highest beauty” and the name came from the vineyard owner in 1800s and that Robert Mondavi used the name.Dan says that it gets less total sun because it is shaded by a hearby hill. Megan says it is only about 5 acres and produces only 250-300 cases per year.Dan, of course, suggests that this wine needs 6-10 years in the cellar. He tells that it is made with great care. There is a little hazelnut flavor in the wine. Megan says it does get lies contact, so it has more body than other Sauvignon Blancs. This bottle is sold only at the winery and goes for $90. They believe the vines were planted in 1945 and they think they may be the oldest Sauvignon Blanc grapes in America.Next they taste a Chardonnay. Tom says he told Megan that Steve likes Chardonnay so she brought a special Reserve Mondavi 2014 Carneros Chardonnay. Steve is in love! Dan suggests this would go with seafood, such as fresh Halibut. Tom describes this Chardonnay as creamy, with good acidity, a little bit of lemon,
Episode 133: Genevieve Janssens, Chief Winemaker, Robert Mondavi Winery.
The Grape Nation
Born to a French wine family in Morocco, Genevieve Janssens studied under the best wine minds in France. She made her way to Napa in 1978 to work for Robert Mondavi, spent a few years consulting, and returned to Mondavi’s Opus One in 1989. Genevieve returned to Robert Mondavi Winery as Director of Winemaking in 1997. Over two decades later Genevieve still oversees wine as the chief winemaker. Genevieve in not only one of the great women in wine but one great wine person.The Grape Nation is powered by Simplecast.
A Lifetime of it with Robert Mondavi Jr. and Spanish Varietals with Marcus Bokish
Wine Talks with Paul K
Today we are joined by Napa Valley royalty who tells us about entrepreneurship in divinely bad behavior and starting a new estate under the Mondavi family wine. We also talk to one of the most unique winemakers in the country, Marcus Bokish, who is making Spanish varietals in Lodi, CA.
On today's episode, we chat with Kathy Magner, Director of Hospitality at Robert Mondavi Winery about their upcoming Summer Concert Series featuring St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Struts, Thievery Corporation, Rodigo y Gabriela and Matt Nathanson. We talk about how Margrit Mondavi pioneered pairing music, wine and art in the Napa Valley and how the winery is celebrating 50 years of the Summer Concert Series on their beautiful lawn under the stars. It's an unforgettable experience and if you want to go to any of the concerts get your tickets now at: RobertMondaviWinery.com
HAD 121: Robert Mondavi Winery - Part 2 (Electric Boogaloo)
Have A Drink
The Robert Mondavi winery . . . wait we already did this. There’s more, I thought they all lived happily ever after. There is more family drama? Oh boy. Well, have a drink, and buckle up buckaroo, because it’s time for Robert Modavi 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Holy crap, there is a lot of dust. Does this stuff even still work? Test one, two. Oh jeez, we’re recording. We’re back, it seems, and ready to talk about . . . something, where are the notes? Robert Mondavi Winery. Okay, then well I guess get ready as we dive in, and have a cow. No that’s not right. Make a Drink. That’s not it either, oh wait. Have a drink. Yeah, that feels right.
Ep. 026 Joe Harden, WInemaker, Robert Mondavi Winery
Wine Podcast: The Honest Pour with John Lenart
Without the influence of Robert Mondavi Napa Valley would still be a world-class wine region, but it wouldn't be the same as it is today. While his eponymous winery sold to a large corporation more than a decade ago, the wine making team there strives to assure that Mr. Mondavi's influence and philosophy live on today. Joe Harden is responsible for making the Bordeaux wine varieties for Robert Mondavi Winery. A former pro basketball player, Harden grew up in Lodi, the son of wine grape growers, who sold grapes to Mondavi. Upon leaving the hard court he returned to the world of wine and landed an internship, which turned into a job as winemaker, at Robert Mondavi. Even though he's a young man, the responsibility of maintaining the tradition of Robert Mondavi does not escape Harden, and he's making some fabulous wines from Mondavi's To Kalon and other great vineyards.