I just read the Associated Press obituary “Winemaker Robert Mondavi Dead at 94” just published in the New York Times. I had heard of Mondavi wine but didn’t know the story behind the company and I didn’t even know that Mondavi was largely responsible for the success of California wine.
I still don’t know much (just what was printed in the article) but I tried to put a hold on Mondavi’s 1998 autobiography Harvests of Joy: How the Good Life Became Great Business at my local library.
Still, Mondavi sounds like an interesting man and I appreciate that (according to the AP obituary) he was aware of and forthcoming about the mistakes (personal and professional) he made during his successful journey as a winemaker.
Unfortunately my local library does not carry it so I may have to settle for The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty by Julia Flynn Siler (published in 2007) or go out and purchase a copy of Harvests of Joy.