Happy 50th, Robert Mondavi Winery

Celebrate with a day of entertainment, buggy rides, and legendary sips.

A NICE GLASS OF WINE, raised in a celebratory toast, has become symbolic of many occasions, but perhaps principally an anniversary. Spying a couple across a restaurant with a wine bucket nearby, or some long-stemmed glasses, is a common sight in restaurants where anniversary-sweet dinners are a nightly occurrence. But what happens when the winery behind the bottle in the bucket reaches an important milestone, like a golden anniversary? It probably wouldn't do to have all of the winery's fans crowd around a table-for-two in romantic restaurant, but those fans could easily attend an anniversary festivity upon the winery's expansive grounds. Such will be the case on Saturday, July 16 when Robert Mondavi Winery hosts a grand 50th anniversary party, one that honors the Oakville landmark's 1966 roots and all of the fine vinos that represent the winery nowadays. The centerpiece of the gathering is a...

MULTI-TIERED WINE CAKE, one that shall include "bottles from each vintage starting in 1966." If you're over 21, you'll also receive a keepsake glass, and a trio of wine pours (all gratis). Demos and seminars built around the art of turning grapes into liquid loveliness are also on the schedule, as are vineyard buggy rides, ballet folklorico presentations, and live tunes. As for the wine-complementing edibles? Chefs shall be demo-ing and food trucks shall be on the grounds, so come ready to nosh upon ice cream, cupcakes, barbecue, and pizza. 

FREE: Oh, and as for that admission price? You read it right: It's nothing to attend, but you'll want to arrive early on to make sure you get in. And on the topic of getting in: Parking spaces are not limitless, yet another reason to rise, shine, and start your Napa Valley adventure early. It's true that many wine-nice anniversaries are celebrated at nighttime, but the Mondavi 50th is very much about a noontime start.

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