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Robert Mondavi, the legendary vintner who revolutionized the California wine industry and pioneered the transformation of the Napa Valley into a place where fine and robust wines could be made to compete on a global stage, died Friday. He was 94.
KC's View:
Even though the Mondavi family no longer controls the wine business that bears its name, I can tell you that it is well worth a visit to Mondavi's wonderful Oakville, California, winery. And, Mondavi's autobiography, "Harvests of Joy: How the Good Life Became Great Business," is a terrific read.

We drank a toast to him in the Coupe household this weekend. Anybody who loves wine should do the same.