By Rob Nance, Publisher - In reading the obituary of Robert Mondavi the other day, I couldn't help but feel energized by what this man accomplished in his 94 years. Starting very modestly in the wine business in 1943, Mondavi built an empire that resulted in a 2004 sale of the business. Constellation Brands bought his company for $1.35 billion.
More than building a business, Mondavi created a brand that became synonymous with "good, affordable wine." The next time I open a bottle of his wine, I will raise a toast to the man. Well done, Robert (great name, too).