Winemakers Sampling the Vintage
Oil on linen canvas, 30″ x 20″, unframed
Seen tasting wine in the laboratory at Charles Krug Winery in 1949 are, left to right, Art Merla, Robert Mondavi, Peter Mondavi and Joe Maganini. Cesare and Rosa Mondavi bought the Charles Krug winery in 1943. After Cesare’s death in 1959, Rosa became president of the winery. Sons Robert and Peter managed the operations. Peter had studied enology in UC Davis and worked at another winery after college. Robert studied at Stanford, worked at Sunny St. Helena Winery (also owned by his family), then partnered with his brother at Krug. Art Merla worked for the Mondavi Winery from 1946 to 1954. Joe Maganini worked at Krug for 37 years as cellarmaster, sales manager and other positions.
André Tchelistcheff with Richard and Fernande de Latour
Oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″, unframed
George De Latour went to France in 1938 in search of a wine chemist for Beaulieu Vineyards. He found André Tchelistcheff, who came to America and worked for BV for over 35 years. He technical knowledge advanced the Napa Valley wine industry for decades. After the death of Mr. de Latour in 1940, his wife Fernande continued to operate the winery, dividing her time between Rutherford and her San Francisco residence. In this photo Madame de Latour and her son Richard taste the wine that André Tchelistcheff was in charge of producing, circa 1950.
Born in San Diego, grew up in a beach town, 200 yards from the ocean. I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I drew cartoons for “The Daily Aztec” newspaper at San Diego State from 1962-1966.I had a weekly comic strip in a local paper for a few years in the early ‘80s.
I usually paint rather realistic-looking still-lifes and figurative pieces, but more impressionistic-looking landscapes.
Many times, I approach painting with a cartoonist’s frame of mind.
My wife Janice and I moved to St. Helena in 1993, where I finished my 31-year career as a Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in 2005.