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A moment with Margrit

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, May 25th, 2006 at 3:09 pm in Uncategorized.

I’ll no doubt be thinking and talking about the Judgment of Paris rematch for a long time to come. It was a surreal day, and I was in the company of the world’s great master sommeliers. It was a pretty tense atmosphere, and it made me sad that wine has become such big business that people couldn’t just sit back and enjoy the world’s best spirits. Ironic. Cool moment: I was asked to be an honorary taster in a blind tasting of the young vintage whites and reds from Bordeaux, Burgundy and California. I took my seat and to my surprise, there was Margrit Mondavi on my right and Tony Terlato, owner Sanford Winery, on my left. We swirled and sipped and compared notes, especially on the nose (beautiful jalapeno) of what turned out to be Clos Du Val’s Reserve 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon. At one point, Mrs. Mondavi pulled out a small, old diary that had a sticker on it: 1976. She opened it up to May 25, 1976 and read about her reaction to the original Judgment announcement that fateful day. She, her husband, and their Napa contingency were on a tour of Bordeaux chateaux with Jim Barrett when he got the call. "We were jumping up and down and hugging each other," she told me, looking far away. "But I don’t think it really hit us until much later."

Her story gave me goosebumps and made me think of the cultural signifance of wine and food, and it’s role in shaping the way we view ourselves.

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