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Dean’s Distinguished Speaker
Michael Mondavi, Founder and Coach, Folio Fine Wine Partners

Event Details

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Michael Mondavi, Founder and Coach, Folio Fine Wine Partners

“A Conversation with Michael Mondavi”

Join us for an evening of wine and engaging conversation with Michael Mondavi, a leading wine industry executive, innovator and entrepreneur who has grown a successful new wine venture since the sale of his family’s legendary winery in Oakville four years ago.

About Michael Mondavi

Mondavi is the founder and coach of Folio Fine Wine Partners, which he started with his wife, Isabel; son, Rob; and daughter, Dina, in 2004.

With Folio, Mondavi says he’s realized his vision of forming alliances and partnerships with other family winemakers to import and produce the most exciting quality wines from the world’s premiere and emerging wine regions, including Italy, Spain, Austria, New Zealand, Argentina and California. Folio also provides sales, marketing and public relations services to 30 wine brands it represents. Folio’s portfolio also includes a new winery, 275 acres of prime vineyards in Napa Valley and a bistro in Napa’s Oxbow Public Market.

Mondavi has more than 40 years experience in the wine business. He co-founded Napa’s most celebrated winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, with his pioneering father, Robert Mondavi, in 1966. He started his career as vice president of production at age 23 and was responsible for winemaking until 1974. From 1969 to 1978, he served as vice president of sales. In 1990 he was named managing director and CEO. He was appointed president and CEO following the company’s public offering in 1994, and served as chairman from 2001 to 2004.

Mondavi is a member of the California State Chamber of Commerce Board and is past chairman and CEO of the Wine Market Council, past president of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, past chairman of Wine Institute and past chairman of Winegrowers of California.

In 1998 Mondavi was named Industry Executive of the Year by The Market Watch Leaders, a group of top industry executives. In 1997 he received the Who’s Who in Food and Wine award from the James Beard Foundation, and in 1995 he was awarded the World of Food and Wine Lifetime Achievement Award.

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