Culinary Luminaries: Robert Mondavi
Arnhold Hall at The New School (55 West 13th St., 2nd Fl., Manhattan)
This panel considers wine and its role in U.S. culinary culture through a discussion of the life and work of Robert Mondavi, the pioneering Napa Valley vintner. Mondavi championed fine wine as an integral part of the good life in any country. Speakers explore his decisions as a producer, his marketing practices, his international collaborations and global influence, and related cultural and economic issues. Panelists: Tyler Colman, author of Wine Politics; Frank J. Prial, former New York Times wine columnist; Charles Scicolone, sommelier and wine consultant; and Julia Flynn Siler, author of the bestselling The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty. Culinary historian and New School faculty member Andrew F. Smith moderates.