Archive for the ‘Obituary’ Category

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Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

Matriarch Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passed away, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. When asked if I’d help the family to distribute the news, my thoughts ran back to the days when I worked closely with the winery, and what a sweet person Evelyn was. She was always so gracious, and loved entertaining. The wine […]

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The loss of John Pedroncelli is deeply felt in wine country

John Pedroncelli was one of those quiet leaders; you know them, they’re the most in tune with harmony. [The Pedroncelli family photo is borrowed from their Website.] The title read, “John Pedroncelli, prominent Dry Creek winemaker, dies at 89,” and my heart sank… We’ve lost a great one from Dry Creek Valley and from PS […]

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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.

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 could […]

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

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 Estate […]

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The Lou I Knew ~ Louis J. Foppiano

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 wine […]

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

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, career, […]

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

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 event […]

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A Legend Leaves Us in 2010 ~ Edward Kean

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 when […]