Stephen St. James and his incredible career

By Eva Maurer Cristina Avendano The poet, sommelier, wine critic and head of Robert Mondavi’s Wine and Spirits Operations will take a break from his constant endeavors for two years to spend time with…

Stephen St. James and his incredible career

By Eva Maurer

Cristina Avendano

The poet, sommelier, wine critic and head of Robert Mondavi’s Wine and Spirits Operations will take a break from his constant endeavors for two years to spend time with his family and oversee Mondavi’s 70th anniversary.

Mondavi’s career spanned the creative arts in California. He was a vintner (producing the Gourmet Wine Company label with Robert Mondavi Winery), composer (the first operatic version of “Grapes of Wrath,” commissioned by his father), dance choreographer (with Martha Graham), playwright (MGM’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and filmmaker (Filmed on the California Gold Rush) all mixed with his local activism and entrepreneurial spirit.

On Oct. 1, will dedicate his life’s work to the memory of his father and son, Kenneth. But it may not be the end of Stephen’s marathon career. He will be returning to the stage in November with “The Corn Is Green,” an all-original revue exploring the iconic roles and enduring qualities of classic roles in the musical theater. He’ll play “Fiorello.”

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