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Godspeed, Robert Mondavi

by David on May 16, 2008

So much has been said and written about Bob Mondavi’s indelible mark on the California wine industry but, somehow, it all seems painfully inadequate at the moment. And, any attempt to do him justice, here, will inevitably be equally trite.

Almost as much has been said and written, good and not so good, about him as a person. I worked for him for over twenty years and can only say that, as an employer, he was truly brilliant in his understanding of how to treat people and inspire them. We were always reaching higher. He was amazingly generous and had a remarkable talent for living in the moment and enjoying, to the fullest, the people around him at that moment. He may have been a jet-setter, but he was also a mensch. It seems so strange to think he’s gone…

Our heartfelt condolences and best wishes go out to Margrit and all the family. I hope it’s a comfort to them to know how much his immeasurable contributions are valued and how much he will be missed.

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