Archive for the ‘Obituary’ Category

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Jack Roberts + Ray and Eleanor Heald (Jack passes away, the Healds are retiring)

Some days you just don’t want those Emails to come in. On March 3, I got this one from radiojack:

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Leo Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

On Sunday, January 5, 2014, at the age of 88 years old, Sonoma County vintner and World War II Veteran Leo Trentadue passed away.

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Harold J. Baer, Jr. ~ R.I.P.

Tweet Quietly, the wine industry lost one of its dearest advocates. Because Harold J. Baer, Jr. was working and living in Denver, Colorado, he wasn’t as connected to the rest of us living in California, or even New York City’s wine media group… He simply and quietly reported on wines for the Denver areas. I […]

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King Estate Winery ~ Edward J. King Jr. Aug 8, 1921 – Jun 3, 2012

Tweet In loving memory of an Oregon legend…  Edward J. King, Jr., August 8, 1921 ~ June 3, 2012 Edward J. King Jr. was a true rags to riches story. From humble beginnings on a dust bowl era wheat farm in Jetmore, Kansas he went on to become an avionics magnate, and to co-found King […]

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The Lou I Knew ~ Louis J. Foppiano

Tweet Louis J. Foppiano The Lou Everyone Knew Louis J. Foppiano, patriarch of Sonoma County’s oldest winemaking family and a man of firm ethics, never forgot his humble roots growing up in Healdsburg, California. He dedicated his life to farming his Russian River Valley vineyard, and promoting quality grapes. In the process, he became a […]

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Wine Writer/Critic Joe Pollack of St. Louis, Missouri Died on Friday, March 9, 2012

Tweet Joe Pollack dies at age 81 on Friday, March 9, 2012 ~ St. Louis Dispatch’s best-known food and wine critic. The memorial service for Joe Pollack’s family and friends will be on Saturday, March 17, 11:00 a.m., at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves. In his St. Louis, Misourri, […]

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Patty Bogle Passes Away ~ The Wine Industry Has Lost A Quiet Leader

Tweet Yesterday I learned through a news alert from Wine Business that my friend and colleague Patty Bogle has passed away. Patty was the matriarch of Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg, and she passed away this past Friday, February 11, 2011. This past Friday, as I was packing up Petite Sirahs for our Dark & Delicious […]

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A Legend Leaves Us in 2010 ~ Edward Kean

Tweet Image via Wikipedia This blog posting is inspired by my friend Steve Heimoff, and has nothing what-so-ever to do with wine, but is worth documenting SETTING THE STAGE: In my December 30 post that included CapaBunga (a new closure for wine bottles),  Steve wrote to me, “It’s not really relevant to your post, but […]

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Heaven Has Retrieved One of its Angels ~ Pamela Tompkins Hunter

Tweet [I have borrowed this image of Pam Hunter from Studio 707, her Website and agency.] Pamela Tompkins Hunter died Sunday, November 28, 2010, in the Napa Valley home she shared with her life partner Carl Doumani. Carl was at her side. I’m just devastated to learn this very sad news, as Pam Hunter was […]

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Remembering renaissance man and winemaker Art Finkelstein

Tweet As the song goes, “Only the good die young.” A more kind and gentle man can not be found, as Art Finkelstein was the quintessential prototype. Art died on Friday, May 28, 2010 in Napa Valley. His family was by his side, and I can’t imagine it any other way. Art’s wife, Bunny, their […]