September 15, 1938: André Tchelistcheff moved to Napa Valley after accepting a job offered to him by Georges de Latour to become the resident chemist at Beaulieu Vineyard. Tchelistcheff stayed with Beaulieu Vineyard through 1973 and used his position to modernize, sanitize, and upgrade the wine-making operation, and quickly skyrocketed to fame as one of the most influential figures in mid-century winemaking, and one of the most famous experts on California wines. For more on André Tchelistcheff, see our other posts.

September 15th, 1943: On this day, Charles F. Shaw was born. Charles Shaw wine is a brand of inexpensive table wines named for an American businessman who used to own a winery.

September 15, 1998: On this day, Harvests of Joy: How the Good Life Became Great Business, Robert Mondavi’s autobiography, was published. Mondavi is considered a legend of new world wines. He gained a reputation in Napa Valley for his work on Robert Mondavi Winery, which he built after being expelled from his family’s winery business at age 52. In this book, he reveals the ups and downs of his path through his newfound purpose and discusses the business techniques and wine-making philosophy that defined his success. For more on Robert Mondavi, see our other posts.

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