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Second Event of the WineSpirit Seminars Inspired by Robert Mondavi

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For a brief and magical hour Robert Mondavi came back to life in a room filled with WineSpirit participants eager to hear his insights and wisdom 12 years after he recorded a video visit with WineSpirit leaders exploring his life story and attitudes that shaped him and in turn energized a generation of wine enthusiasts.  On Sunday, April 19 at Vineyard Vista, original home to WineSpirit on Silverado Trail, the first of a number of videos made with wine elders and sages over the years was shared as attendees munched on popcorn, cheese and crackers and some lovely wines contributed by WineSpirit members and winemakers.  After viewing brief segments of Robert's fascinating insights, the video was paused and the group added their reflections on what they saw and heard with comments that included unique stories of meeting Robert.  Attendees shared their responses to the video, and values he espoused were fleshed out in vibrant conversation.  Among those attending was Tim Hanni, author of the seminal work, Why You Like The Wines You Like.  How inspiring it was to hear Robert express the kinds of attitudes that Tim has been teaching, that everyone tastes uniquely and that enjoyment of wine is as personal as the uniqueness of our relationships and tastes for life.

Our next WineSpirit gathering will be a memory in the making as Paul Dolan joins us at Frogs Leap on Sunday, June 28 for an exploration of Mysteries in the Vineyard.  We look forward to seeing you there...


Relaunch of Winespirit Seminars at Franciscan Winery

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Pic 14Fifteen members and friends of WineSpirit gathered at Franciscan Estate in St Helena to celebrate the relaunch of this special community that connects wine and the spirit of life through conversation and unique presentations.  At this inaugural event, participants were treated to a wife and husband presentation of the Science and Art of Wine by winemaker Alison Crowe and photographer Chris Purdy.  Through their enlightened and lighthearted sharing back and forth, they brought to life how special wine throughout the ages is as a vehicle for cherishing the quality of life and the creative partnership of human and Di-vine, resulting in a taste treat evoking joy and awe for what nature can provide when people treat the process with love and respect.  We are delighted that an audio CD of this extraordinary experience is available so that attendees can revisit some of the nuggets that were shared and those unable to attend can hear the presentation.  

Our thanks to Chris and Alison for energizing the return of WineSpirit, with more to come shortly, with a return to Franciscan Estate on Sunday, April 19, at 2PM for a video visit with Robert Mondavi, filmed during his 90th year, rare footage in which he brings his own perspective on wine and the spirit of life, part of WineSpirit's Spiritual Harvest Series.  Once again, Franciscan will be pouring their wines and attendees will be able to purchase wine at a significant discount.


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