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Over the years we've been to many gatherings at nearby Robert Mondavi Winery, but today was special, a first for us.
The annual grower luncheon took place this afternoon in the Margrit Mondavi Vineyard Room, renamed in her honor on the occasion of her 90th birthday last week. The room was filled by longtime growers in boots and jeans, and a few new growers like us, all enjoying a delicious meal and some mighty fine wine.
We Rodenos have been growing grapes in Oakville since 1977, and are delighted to join the dedicated farmers who supply quality grapes -- in our case, Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon -- for Robert Mondavi wines.
No need to worry about our Sangiovese - those grapes are destined for Villa Ragazzi.
Napa Valley's congressman, Mike Thompson, represents the 5th District, which he describes as "where the world's best wines are made." Known as a wise "problem solver," he is working toward cooperation and understanding in Washington, D.C., by holding small "get better acquainted" dinners for his peers and other policy makers featuring excellent wines from his constituents.
Villa Ragazzi Rosato di Sangiovese was honored to be included in such events on July 5th and 22nd this year. (For you cynics out there, our congressman pays for the wines.) He understands that sharing wine is a powerful way to build bridges.
First elected to Congress in 1998 -- no wonder he keeps being re-elected -- Mike has long been active in a similar effort, the non-partisan Congressional Wine Coalition, to make friends across the aisle.
We need more like him in Washington.
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