May 19, 2008

News & Opinion: Robert Mondavi passes away - The House of Mondavi

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 6:35 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

As many of you know, legendary winemaker and benefactor Robert Mondavi died last Friday. The Mondavis have been called the "Kennedys" of American wine. They transformed Napa Valley from a small, family-owned network of wine producers into the huge hub it is today, helping to establish America as one of the world's great wine producers. Mondavi and his wife have spent the past several years donating to and building up various wine schools and performing arts instututes.
It feels a bit timely, then, that Julia Flynn Siler's biography of this family and its business, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, has just been released in paperback. This book is considered both a family saga and a dramatic tale of America's foothold in a competitive global industry.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.