Peter Mondavi Turns 99
Vintner Peter Mondavi can be found behind his office desk at the Charles Krug Winery Monday through Friday, even some weekends, rain or shine.
Most working stiffs would say that’s no big deal. But they may not know that the wine family patriarch celebrated his 99th birthday two weeks ago and will be honored by family and friends at a big celebration at his family’s St. Helena winery Saturday night.
Mondavi, with sons Marc and Peter Jr., oversees one of the county’s oldest winemaking operations, one that sends 1.7 million cases of wine to the marketplace every year.
Although his entire business career has focused on wine, Mondavi had other thoughts when he was a young teen “fooling around with model airplanes. … I considered for a time becoming an aeronautical engineer.”
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