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Announcing Wine Blogging Wednesday #57:  California Inspiration

I am pleased to host and announce the May edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday with the theme, “California Inspiration.”

Appropriate thanks go to CorkDork for a job well done in April and, of course, to Lenn from Lenndevours for fostering this monthly commune, now in its 5th year, in online wine conviviality. 

Thematically, this month is intended to be broad while acting as homage to Robert Mondavi, the 1-year anniversary of his passing on Saturday, May 16th.


Because Mondavi was such an inspiration physically, spiritually and philosophically to so many – both in the industry and to consumers, while acting as the forefather of the modern California wine movement, I would like for WBW participants to revisit a California wine that they have enjoyed, or have a particular fond memory of, and tell a story.

Simply, Mondavi promoted an air of inclusiveness, not exclusiveness, conducting many of his business practices around a philosophy of aiding other wineries in knowledge and practices to create a profile for California wine that would rival the world’s finest wines.

Mission accomplished.

The easy route for this theme would be to taste a Mondavi wine, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Mondavi would have preferred an air of openness.  No good is accomplished by a singularity of purpose that acts as an exclusionary barrier for others.

Likewise, Mondavi was a people person, fostering a spirit of goodwill amongst friends new and old while promoting a life well lived that included wine and food as complementary companions on the table and in life.

As wine enthusiasts, some of our fondest memories, the various chapters in our lives, frequently have wine as a major player.  It is these stories that I want to see relived and recounted, with a California wine as the centerpiece. 


What is your “California Inspiration?”

Nostalgia, recent experience, poignant, triumphant, all stories are welcome, just make sure that it has a beginning, middle and an end with a specific wine.

Please go buy or pull from your stash, a bottle of whatever that wine was that created a memorable chapter in your life, revisit the bottle, and share your story.

The deadline for submission is May 13th. Please email me, post a link on my WBW post, or at this post.

I look forward to learning more about each of the participants through their words and stories. 

As a bonus, the best story, as judged by Lenn and myself will win a 1-year subscription to Sunset magazine, the lifestyle magazine for California and the West Coast.

A couple of Mondavi quotes as grist for your writing mill:

- Out of all the rigidities and mistakes of my past, I’ve learned a lesson that I’d like to see engraved on the desk of every business leader, teacher, and parent in America: The greatest leaders don’t rule. They inspire.

- I’ve always wanted to improve on the idea of living well, in moderation, wine is good for you - mentally, physically, and spiritually.

- It is giving me a great satisfaction, because I had the notion that we could make great wines equal to the greatest wines in the world, and everybody said it was impossible.

- There are a lot of people with a lot of money, and I’m amazed they don’t understand what a great pleasure it can be to give.

- Wine to me is passion.  It’s family and friends.  It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit.  Wine is art.  It’s culture.  It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living.

- Wine has been a part of civilized life for some seven thousand years. It is the only beverage that feeds the body, soul and spirit of man and at the same time stimulates the mind….

Goodness and Godspeed to all as you celebrate the Good Grape for Wine Blogging Wednesday and honor Robert Mondavi in the process!


Posted in, Around the Wine Blogosphere. Permalink | Comments (26) |


On 04/22, Brooke Cheshier wrote:

I did an entire blog series called Why Wine Matter where ome of wine’s most authentic voices - Terry Thiese, Alder Yarrow, Jay Kell, Aaron Pott, and others - contributed to this beautiful conversation on why wine matters. It was a series of conversations inspired by Robert Mondavi and a chance encounter with his grandson, Carlo. It was uplifting and challenging and just warm and delicious fun. I can’t wait to read others’ stories. These intimate connections are what makes wine matter.

On 04/23, The Corkdork wrote:

Great idea for a theme, especially for us with grey hair that remember when there were only a handful of famous California wines available around the globe. I’m looking forward to this a lot. Thanks for the shout-out about last month’s Kosher tasting too.  - Corkdork

On 04/23, Sonadora wrote:

Excellent theme.  We all know I love the CA wines. I really cut my wine drinking teeth on CA wines though, so this will be interesting. Definitely a good excuse to pull something from my basement seeing as how it 99.9% CA wine down there!

On 04/23, Tim wrote:

Sounds like a fun theme.  I’m looking forward to it. Now… how revealing do I want to get with my story?  We shall see.

On 05/06, Winenegress wrote:

How exciting. It will be tough to narrow down to one wine, but I do have one good story.

On 05/07, Randy Watson wrote:

I am really looking forward to this edition of WBW… Great choice of topic!

Thank you for hosting this fun event!


On 05/12, rjh wrote:

great wbw topic - here’s my submission (a little early)...

On 05/13, Randy Watson wrote:

Thank you for hosting this fun event!

The Wine Whore pays tribute to Mondavi for WBW with this delicious ‘Century Club Chard’:

Randy Watson

On 05/13, Michelle Lentz wrote:

Hey Jeff! Thanks for hosting!  My entry for this WBW is posted and here:


On 05/13, Kori wrote:

Thanks for hosting, Jeff. Fun theme! Here’s a link to my WBW post:

On 05/13, Liza wrote:

So fun!  I am looking forward to others stories!

On 05/13, Dr. Debs wrote:

Here’s my entry, Jeff. Thanks for the great theme.

On 05/13, The Corkdork wrote:

Here’s the post up on the Corkdork, Jeff. Thanks again for hosting.

On 05/14, Erika wrote:

I’m a day late, I know, sorry! Here is my contribution thanks for hosting

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