It is 3am, I have a belly full of wine, the band Spiritualized is playing on my iTunes, and this futuristic gospel symphony is sounding different than it ever has before, for tonight I learned that the great Robert Mondavi has passed away at the age of 94. I never met the man, but it would’ve been an honor. Mr. Mondavi was an original Mutineer, someone who never accepted things as others saw them. He defied convention and saw beyond others’ convictions of the impossibility of his vision. Hindsight is easy, but venturing into the unknown is a terrifying journey, but it is also at the heart of the forgotten American Dream. Mr. Mondavi did not settle, and he did not let a situation dictate his standard. He is the Michael Jordan of wine, and I am thankful for all of his contributions to the world of wine.