Celebration is on the cards for Napa Valley, owing to the 100th birth anniversary of the renowned Robert Mondavi, who is considered a big name in the history of American wines. The noble soul always appreciated good food, art, and a nice bottle of wine. Therefore, in conjunction with this, his winery is hosting a number of events and activities. Among these is the highlight: furniture maker Frank Pollaro designing a one-of-a-kind Centenary Table honoring the “father of the American wine industry.” The Centenary Table, crafted by Frank Pollaro as an ode to Robert Mondavi, would adorn Napa Valley estate’s Vineyard Room.
The table has been crafted of four “wide-plank figure aged Northern California Claro walnut” boards, which is known to age gracefully, showing unique character over time. The Centenary table is an eight seater that features 100 round inlays around its edges, a representation of Mondavi’s 100 years since birth.
These inlays are made of persimmon wood, a favorite fruit of Mondavi’s grown at the winery. The table’s base has been segmented into six sides, representing the six main grape varietals grown in the To Kalon Vineyard at Mondavi’s winery. All six sides bear hand-carved words – Food, Wine, Art, Family, Friends, and Passion – that the winemaker held dear. The table has been further treated to repel liquids and is a limited edition of only five pieces costing $75,000.
Also, in commemoration of Robert, has been launched a limited edition Riedel decanter, etched and hand-painted with original artwork by Margrit Mondavi. The decanter sells for $450.