California’s central coast, is typically equated with fog and chill, but in the 1960's winemaker Robert Mondavi saw otherwise.  He instead decided to plant grapes there.

Over the years, Robert Mondavi wines continue to impress.  Robert Mondavi Private Selection was created in 1994 with a mission to draw exclusively from central coast appellations.  While the world famous winemaker is no longer with us, his legacy continues with the Robert Mondavi Private Selection, which was rolled out on Sept.1.

And what better place to further introduce a new venture than at the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival, which runs from Oct. 11 through Oct. 14, 2012.  Legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America's most beloved television chefs all come together to eat, drink and share ideas.

The Private Selection will be a part of the Grand Tasting, the Mother of all wine tastings, held all day Saturday Oct. 13 and Sunday Oct.14 from 12-6pm at Pier 57. So if you’re in town, get a ticket and go!

Even better, you might meet Jon Guggino, vice president of marketing at Constellation Brands, which now owns the full Robert Mondavi line of wines.  Guggino is directly responsible for the Robert Mondavi Wines as well as other premium wines under the Constellation Brands umbrella.

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“We’ve returned to Mr. Mondavi’s original vision, creating real wine from a real place made by a real winemaker,” says Guggino. He says the rugged, maritime climate of the central coast provides unusually long growing season, so the crops well-balanced grapes are much smaller, but have a more concentrated varietal flavor.

Like many winemakers, Mondavi keeps trying to reinvent himself and try new things.  And at under $20 a bottle, it is easy to keep the brand, and his new creations, on tables across the world.

Constellation Brands will also have other wines at the event.  Their Ruffino, Thorny Rose, Kim Crawford and Dreaming Tree wines will also be featured at the festival.

There are actually tons of wines under the constellation brands umbrella, so if you can’t get to the festival to taste them, just meander the aisles at your local wine shop to find them.

Try something new.  If Robert Mondavi can, so can you.

Cent ‘Anni.