Archive for the ‘Obituary’ Category


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Heaven Has Retrieved One of its Angels ~ Pamela Tompkins Hunter

[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 one […]


Remembering renaissance man and winemaker Art Finkelstein

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 son, […]


Letting Go of A Childhood Icon ~ Fess Parker

Thursday, March 18, 2010, Fess Parker died of natural causes, at his Santa Ynez home near his winery. Fess was 85 years old. It’s taken me a while to write about Fess Parker’s passing away. I grew up watching Fess Parker on Television during the 1950s with his signature coonskin hat as ‘Davy Crockett, King of […]


Napa Valley Wine Icon Aldo Biale Passes Away

Born: October 24, 1929 It’s with great sadness that I’ve just learned that Aldo Biale has just passed away ~ Saturday, December 12, 2009 ~ in his home after a short illness. My friend and passionate Petite Sirah producer, Aldo has been at every Petite Sirah event, since I started working with the variety in […]


European Wine Bloggers Conference ~ Strangers in a Not So Strange Land

Here’s the schedule: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  ~ Alternatives: to participate in the workshops of the EWBC or to visit the Saint Jorge Castle and the old town of Lisbon 1:00 p.m. ~ Lunch at IBO Restaurant 2:30 p.m. ~ EWBC Yesterday, Delfim Costa, João Costa, Luis Ribeiro (all from Enoforum Wines of the […]


European Wine Bloggers Conference ~ Hitting the Ground Running in Lisbon

Arrival in Lisbon, Portugal. WinePredator arrives tonight. Just spent the morning in a social media seminar led by Ryan Opaz (Catavino) and André Ribeirinho (Adegga). With the help of my new Blackberry and tutorials from Jose, I was ready to Twitter myself into oblivion. I pretty much kept up with all things being discussed, which […]


Wine Writer Jack Heeger Passes Away, Wine Writer # 23 ~ Posthumously

With Walter Cronkite’s passing, I was reminded of how – somewhat quietly – the passing of Jack Heeger, another writer in my world, had just happened. Jack’s final words to us all: Tonight when you open that bottle of wine, make a toast to life, good health and love of family. Those are the things […]