While it's tempting to think that the closing of Copia, Napa's ambitious wine and cultural center, is a sign of the times, the fact is that the organization has been troubled since its inception. Robert Mondavi raised and donated much of the money for its construction, despite the fact that there was little indication of how Copia would sustain itself. It has had trouble drawing crowds and has never become that first stop on the Napa wine trail that its creators hoped it might be.
COPIA Toasts the late Robert Mondavi and Napa Valley Vintners
Cups, and wallets, ranneth over at the St. Regis Hotel on Saturday where COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts held its inaugural Wine Baron's Ball and Auction.
The evening honored the late Robert Mondavi, vintner and maverick innovator, who is credited with firmly establishing Napa Valley wines on the map of world-class wine-makers and in the tasting notes of oenophiles, everywhere.