California and the time of the wolf

Upon release, Opus One became the most expensive wine in the US: unsurprisingly so, given its origins as a team effort by Robert Mondavi and the Rothschilds

7th April, 2019
Michael Silacci, winemaker, Opus One: ‘The important thing is to make a good blend’ Pic: Getty

In 1970 in Hawaii, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Bordeaux’s august Château Mouton-Rothschild, met Robert Mondavi, then the most famous winery owner in California’s Napa Valley. The two men got on well and decided that they would like to set up a winery together.

“Like almost everything in my line of work in wine, getting this to fruition took years, in this case seven or eight,” says Michael Silacci,...

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