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The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty (udgave 2008)

af Julia Flynn Siler (Forfatter)

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Set in California's Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, this is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corp.'s 21st-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, journalist Julia Flynn brings to life both the place and the people. The feuds are as spectacular as the business triumphs. Cesare's sons, Robert and Peter, literally came to blows in the 1960s during a dispute over a mink coat, resulting in Robert's exile from the family--and his founding of a winery that would set off a revolution in American winemaking. Robert's sons, Michael and Timothy, as passionate in their own ways as their visionary father, battled with each other for control of the company before Michael's expansive ambitions ultimately led to a board coup and sale to an international conglomerate.--From publisher description.… (mere)
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Titel:The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty
Forfattere:Julia Flynn Siler (Forfatter)
Info:Avery (2008), Edition: Illustrated, 480 pages
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Having recently returned from a trip to Napa, I was interested in learning more about the famous Mondavi family, which has been an icon in the wine industry for several decades. Julia Flynn Siler’s portrayal of ‘The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty’ was a mesmerizing account of the enigmatic members of the Mondavi clan, especially Robert Mondavi, who sought to transform the wine industry into one of finesse by pairing fine wines with delicious food. The author precisely recounts the many emotional conflicts within the family, with almost a cast of characters that might typify a soap opera. Because these people are all so real, with many still living today and working in the wine industry, the book was so very interesting! In order to have written this work, the author must have done some serious research, and she portrays the events with such exacting detail that I felt like I was almost there witnessing all the sibling rivalry and bitterness, as well as the passion for wine-making and success. If you love fine wines and the stories that accompany them, this book is a must read!
Incidentally, the book describes the Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as an exquisite wine, as confirmed by Paul Lukas in ‘The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages.’ However, although the Opus 1 was designated as Mondavi winery’s prized wine produced in collaboration with the Baron Philippe Rothschild, of the Premier Grand Cru Mouton Rothschild, the author states that the Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, is a wine of distinction and quality, possibly even exceeding the Opus 1. ( )
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  Farella | Apr 12, 2011 |
Amazing story about the rise and fall of the Robert Mondavi wine empire. Family infighting, mismanagement, and greed all played a part in the demise of the business. It's sad that even in the face of loosing the winery completely to outsiders, members of the family still couldn't agree on a plan of action. Good lessons to be learned here for those who are considering embarking in a business involving family. ( )
  Paulslibrary | Oct 17, 2009 |
Starting with Ceasare Mondavi's first ventures in the valley after World War II, through the family's tumultuous history, to ultimate riches but personal dissatisfaction, House of Mondavi by Julia Flynn Siler is a mesmerizing tale.

Like any family business saga, the story of who started the business, who ran it, and who runs it now is one that could be told adequately on the back of a restaurant menu. The Mondavi story itself could have been told well in a Vanity Fair-style magazine article. At close to 500 pages, this is a long book. But the details and diversions Siler includes add depth and richness that bring the reader right inside the Mondavis' world.
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  RoseCityReader | Jul 26, 2008 |
Absolutely fascinating. At least to me as a big California wine drinker. So many things we take for granted were Robert Mondavi innovations. He was a huge influence on the region, improving quality and helping to establish California as a fine wine appellation. I am truly grateful. Also, unbeknownst to me, I bought and started listening to this just after Robert Mondavi died on May 16, 2008. An eerie little touch.

What struck me most is the fact that the Mondavi family seems genetically programmed to fight with itself. No one can get along, reach an accord or even a compromise. I have no sympathy for what happened to them (Robert’s branch especially) since they brought it on themselves. Even in the end after the RM Winery had been sold and the Mondavi family forced out, they could have purchased the Oakville winery if they could have stopped fighting long enough to get their shit together. Alas, they couldn’t. Even amidst their hand-wringing and whining about losing their family legacy, they couldn’t. Amazing.

The author does a great job of giving us facts without creating monsters or heroes. No one gets special treatment and no one is dragged through the mud. She gives equal time for kudos and for dressing down and there’s plenty of both. ( )
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Set in California's Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, this is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corp.'s 21st-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, journalist Julia Flynn brings to life both the place and the people. The feuds are as spectacular as the business triumphs. Cesare's sons, Robert and Peter, literally came to blows in the 1960s during a dispute over a mink coat, resulting in Robert's exile from the family--and his founding of a winery that would set off a revolution in American winemaking. Robert's sons, Michael and Timothy, as passionate in their own ways as their visionary father, battled with each other for control of the company before Michael's expansive ambitions ultimately led to a board coup and sale to an international conglomerate.--From publisher description.

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