Monitoring first-hand reports of the destruction from fires in California’s wine country, I cannot imagine the feelings many families have about their roots in Napa and Sonoma.
Over 50 years ago, Roberto Mondavi brought his family’s Italian heritage to what is now California’s most productive wine production center. Much of our love for Italian wine villages isn’t just the wine. It’s actually the families we’ve met while enjoying them. Montepulciano, Montalcino, and Chianti, all have captured me and Jill several times. The pride we see when a local family member pours us a taste of a product four generations in the making is inspiring and important. Our humble cellar is stocked with aging reds that exude notes of pride and tradition. Each one has been carefully transported from seven time zones away.
I hope our friends to the south of us know that although this is a major tragedy that will take years to recover from, Napa and Sonoma will be stronger than ever because Mr. Mondavi, among others, would have it no other way.