If you are in the mood for some wine industry gossip, then this book is for you. The House of Mondavi, by Julia Flynn Sigler, is an epic tale filled with genius, scandal and sibling rivalry.
Starting in 1906 when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi left Italy and culminating in the astonishing hostile takeover of the seemingly family held stock of the Robert Mondavi Corporation in 2005.
This book follows four generations of Mondavis and is a gripping drama about sibling rivelry and the Napa Valley wine industry.
Robert Mondavi's vision, passion and tireless work ethic are directly responsible for creating the Napa Valley wine industry. Yet, without reading the book you would have no idea that Cesare's sons, Robert and Peter, engaged in a fist fight, Robert's sons Michael and Timothy, viciously fought each other for control, everyone gets a divorce, infidelity runs rampant, mothers choose between their sons, and mink coats set off nasty tempers!
All of this while helping to create a $22 billion industry!
Julia Flynn Siegler did an amazing job writing this detailed and rich tale. Ms. Sigler collected over 5500 hours of interviews, spoke with every family member and employee willing to share their side and does a fantastic job of detailing the events in an unbiased manner.
A delightful, delicious, scandalous read, perfect for the dog days of summer!