There are a lot of memories, but this is the one I like the best. Back in 2003, my wife and I were planning a trip to Napa Valley and wanted to do something more active than just going to the different wineries. We heard about these concerts that the Mondavi Winery put on throughout the summer and thought that might be fun. So, we got the tickets, put together a little picnic and brought our chairs. You get to the winery and they have a stage set up right up on the grass against the vines; so picturesque.
We didn’t realize it at the time but it just so happened that they were celebrating Robert Mondavi’s 90th Birthday on the day of the concert! As luck would have it, we were sitting kind of in the back, and sure enough, there he is on his 90th birthday. They took him up front, he waved to everyone, and his wife led everyone in singing “Happy Birthday” with the band. It was more damn fun. I didn’t get to talk to him but I was there with him! In my mind, he was the most iconic figure in wine and I was really infatuated with Napa Valley. To me, it was one of the most fun days, and even though it wasn’t just about wine, being there was really a neat experience.