On wine and Beaufort: A talk with Robert Mondavi, Jr

Rob Mondavi

On wine and Beaufort: A talk with Robert Mondavi, Jr

By Stephanie Venz | “Round, plush, and velvety” are a few words used by fourth-generation winemaker Robert Mondavi, Jr. to describe his newest Spellbound Wine. Sounds pretty good, right? Well you’re in luck, Robert Mondavi, Jr. is bringing 20 different wines to the Bottles and Barrels event at Habersham on June 14 and 15. The wines Rob intends on showing include several different family wines, notably Spellbound and Isabell Mondavi. He will also offer some fantastic imported wines from Europe, including a Prosecco that Rob claims to be the “perfect wine for the Lowcountry,” that will also be served at the Sunday Jazz Brunch.

You may be wondering why a Napa Valley winemaker is becoming so involved with a local Habersham event. Wonder no more; Rob and his Southern wife Lydia, along with their three year old son, are currently building a beachfront house on St. Helena Island and think it is a great opportunity to meet some local folk. Rob is the son of Isabel and Michael Mondavi and was raised in the Napa Valley.

When asked why Beaufort? Rob said, “I don’t think people have found out how wonderful it is here.” They knew they wanted to buy in the Lowcountry, in a small town where kids can run around freely on the beach. Beaufort fit the bill for Rob, stating that it is a “charming community,” that also happens to have good redfish fly fishing spots, too!

The successful winemaker also appreciates good food and has been to several restaurants in the Beaufort Dining scene. He has enjoyed dining at Wined It Up and mentioned that the owners offer some great wines. In addition, Rob states that Saltus has a “incredibly thought-out wine list and the food is distinctly Southern yet continental.” When in the mood for a casual dining experience, Steamers hits the spot with their Frogmore Stew.

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