I love a good family business, and the Mondavi family line of wines is a long-held family business started by Peter Mondavi almost 70 years ago. While his sons have always been part of the business, Marc Mondavi is coming into his own as a winemaker with the launch of Divining Rod wines.
“From water, comes wine” – never has this been truer than with The Divining Rod wines.
A divining rod is a stick that is used for dowsing, or locating water. Sometimes called water witches, people are said to possess the talent to find things underground through the vibrations in these rods. Marc’s “sixth sense” has been this connection with the land that has allowed him to take his wine-making to a supernatural level.
Divining Rod wines will be releasing their first Pinot Noir, a personal favorite of mine, in May. I have had both the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon from the line and like all the Mondavi wines. They are excellent. The Divining Rod line is slightly pricier than my normal purchases (17.99 – 18.99) making them a nice splurge, perfect for celebrating special occasions and accomplishments. While I generally prefer reds I was pleased with the crisp, not-too-sweet flavor of the Chardonnay.
To celebrate the launch of their new Pinot Noir, Divining Rod is inviting wine lovers to enter “The Divining Rod Adventure Sweepstakes,” a consumer sweepstakes to win a trip for two to one of Marc Mondavi’s favorite Montana fishing spots.
The sweepstakes offers a three-day, two-night stay, round-trip airfare, gourmet meals, wine education, and the adventures of choice including hiking, running, walking, fishing, kayaking, or golfing. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2016 and the trip must be taken by June 30, 2017. To review the full set of rules and how to enter: Text DIVININGROD TO 31279, visit diviningrodadventure.com or facebook.com/thediviningrod. Limit one per person, per email address, per day.
Disclosure: The writer received bottles of Divining Rod wine to facilitate this story, no other compensation was and all thoughts and opinions are their own. See sweepstakes links for full rules and regulations.