First, a little snippet from wiki about Napa Valley:
In 1965, Napa Valley icon Robert Mondavi broke away from his family’s Charles Krug estate to found his own. This was the first new large scale winery to be established in the valley since before prohibition. Following the establishment of the Mondavi estate, the number of wineries in the valley continued to grow, as did the region’s reputation.
Travis Brown, Regional Director for Asia for Robert Mondavi wines
In addition, Robert Mondavi Winery also perfected the dry oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc and labeled it as “Fumé Blanc” in 1966. This was an unpopular variety in California at the time, but the wine proved to be a success.
In time, Robert Mondavi successfully developed a number of premium wines that earned the respect of connoisseurs and vintners alike.
tomato, cheese, bread, calamari, simple yet utterly delicious
A few weeks ago, we were invited to the winemaker’s dinner at Favola, Le Meridien KL.
Classy Italian food prepared by one of my favorite chefs – Chef Antoine, and pairing them with some fine wines from Robert Mondavi, what is there not to like?
Fumé Blanc, Robert Mondavi’s version of Sauvignon Blanc
We sampled Chardonnay sourced from the cool growing regions of the southern Napa Valley with its rich and complex taste; Pinot Noir, a bright and vivacious wine; the full body Merlot; the soft and silky Cabernet Sauvignon; and of course, the Fumé Blanc.
David Stephen and the good chefs at Le Meridien KL
As for food, there were the usual arrays of excellent pasta, tomato, cheese, pizza, bread, risotto, and of course, the best freshly made Belgium waffle ever.
Though my knowledge in wine is still amateur at best, I did learn a few things after this event, and would at least know which wine to choose from without being disappointed. 😀