Robert Mondavi would have celebrated his 100th birthday last week. His name now is synonymous with fine wine. But it was not always that way.
Robert Mondavi was 52 years old when he was unceremoniously ejected from his family’s wine business. He had been placed on a terminal “leave of absence.” Differences, seemingly irreconcilable, had built walls between family members, between their philosophies of life and business
Mondavi had never looked for a job before. In fact, he had never even thought about a career as being anything other than carrying on the business his father had built.
It’s hard to believe now, but at the time Mondavi was facing his mid-career crisis people in America, if they ever drank wine at all, drank jug wine. Beer and whiskey were the alcohols consumed in America. There was no such thing as fine wine-making… or drinking. Mondavi, relatively late in his career, changed all that to introduce Americans to fine wine. The rest is history!
Read full article in Finding Right Work… at Any Age! HuffPost June 25, 2013