Archive for the ‘Obituary’ Category

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Georges Duboeuf Has Passed on to Greener Vineyards ~ January 4, 2020

[PHOTO CREDIT: Portrait-FD-et-GD-Avril] Georges Duboeuf: Born April 14, 1933, Died January 4, 2020 Known as the “Pope of Beaujolais” Being asked to go to Beaujolais on a media tour in July of 2019, was just the beginning of a very intense, five-day sojourn into the world of Georges Duboeuf, and his life devoted to Beaujolais’s […]

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William “Van” Ballentine, Ballentine Vineyards, Passed Away on December 17, 2019

William “Van” Ballentine ~ Born March 15, 1927, Died December 17, 2019 It is very sad news, when such a dear person and friend passes on… Van Ballentine has passed onto the greener fields of his Irish ancestors. Reading the words from the family, processing them… my words don’t come easily to tell this story. […]

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Bordeaux and the rest of us are silently weeping for Denis and May-Britt Malbec

This blog story began on Thursday, April 14, 2016. I titled it: Bordeaux, You Can Bank On It, Partie Quatre. At the time, I had no idea that this story was about to take a very sharp 180 degree turn. [Denis and May-Britt Malbec at a reception for Respite Wines in Geyserville a few years […]

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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 […]