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Robert Mondavi on Creative Display at San Francisco's Workshop Residence

by  CN Team on August 02, 2014
Robert Mondavi on Creative Display at San Francisco's Workshop Residence

When enjoying a bottle of wine by Robert Mondavi, you’re sure to taste history and the more than 45 years of years of experience that have made the legendary vineyard famous around the world.  Last month, the winery teamed up with Workspace Residence in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood for an evening of wine, small bites and art.

Upon entering, guests were treated to a selection of delicious appetizers that included a twice-baked potato and corn, sweet cream and basil on a petite pastry crust.  In addition, the array cheeses, fruits and nuts were could all be paired with the Mondavi’s Fume Blanc, a blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon that Robert Mondavi is credited with first introducing to wine enthusiasts.  On hand, representatives poured the 2012 Fume Blanc Oakville District and 2013 Fume Blanc Napa Valley.  Both a blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon,

Workshop Residence, an artist live-in museum which houses artists for a specific length of time as they complete creative art projects that are on display and available for purchase.  Before the grand tasting of cabernet sauvignons, we were introduced to Paulo Salvagione, a visual artist from Chicago who spent half a decade circling the world setting up bicycle factories from Italy to Indonesia. Coming from a family of artists, his work is a balance of humor and craftsmanship.

The main tasting included a variety of cabernets: 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.  Wineamaker Nova Cadamatre was on hand to explain how the wines were created and the characteristics of each.  “We pick the grapes when the grapes are ripe. So some years that is at potential of 15% alcohol and some yes that is at the potential of 13.5% alcohol. It just depends on the vintage,” says Cadamatre.  The last time it was 13.5% she says was 2011.

She later shares that the vines are there to reproduce and what winemakers are looking at is flavor ripeness and sugar ripeness so there is very much as we all know a lot of science behind this form of art.

A personal favorite of mine was the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville.  A smooth blend of cabernet sauvignon (88%), cabernet franc (7%), merlot (4%) and malbec (1%). Something about the Oakville District where the 2012 Fume Blanc is also produced that has me curious about trying more wines from the appellation.

With a long history of being connected to the arts, Robert Mondavi Winery has become a showplace for a variety of artists such as photographers, jazz artists and sculptors.  In addition, the winery was the first to establish extensive tours and tastings and among the first to introduce a summer concerts series at a winery.

Experience each of the wines above for yourself by visiting the winery located at 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville, CA  94562.



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