(Robert Mondavi died just about one year ago.) It should have been wonderful: a trip to Washington and a state dinner with Jack and Jackie Kennedy!...all while flying the flag for the family's Charles Krug Winery. Robert Mondavi had been representing the winery for some time as general manager and head of sales and marketing. As part of his business education, he and his wife Marjorie had traveled to France in 1963 and brought back some new ideas. Not just about making wine, mind you - for example, using oak barrels for aging - but also about the appeal of a more European lifestyle, including fine food and, well, "high culture" at a time when Americans were eating Swanson dinners…

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