May 1999-2000: Robert Mondavi started the Great Chefs of France program, bringing world-famous French chefs to his vineyard for cooking classes and demonstrations. Robert Mondavi and his old friend Julia Child played a crucial role in founding the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF). In addition, he is involved in several wine-related organizations. He indulged in all of these pastimes because he was instrumental in bringing wine and food together. For more on Robert Mondavi, see our other posts.

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