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Robert Rue for almost 30 years they sold Russian River Valley grapes to well-known wineries: Martini & Pratti, Cline, Ravenswood and Mark West Vineyards.  In 2001, he produced the first bottles that wore the Robert Rue Winery label. In 2010, the Rues opened their own winery and tasting room.  His daughter said a cancer diagnosis led to removal of his prostate, and after the surgery he contracted sepsis, then developed the onset of dementia.  “After he woke up from surgery, my dad was never the same.  Robert Rue lost himself to Alzheimer’s disease.  He died back on July 17 at the age of 73.
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Demetrio Zema, the founder of Zema Estate, died in May. He was 87.  Zema, originally from Calabria, Italy, moved to Australia at age 27.  He was originally a house painter before he switched careers to become a winemaker.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-19/coonawarra-honours-demetrio-zema-one-of-regions-great-characters/12374004

 

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Claude Tattinger, of the eponymous champagne brand, died last week aged 94. Took the name from a niche label to internationally known brand, and instigated the Pierre Tattinger International Culinary Prize, named after his father, the founder of the label.

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Here is the full release from Tawse Winery:

 

‘It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our colleague and friend Paul Pender, who passed away on February 4, 2022. Paul died unexpectedly under tragic circumstances. We will all miss him more than words can express. He was not just our manager but our good friend as well.

Paul Pender joined the Tawse team in 2005 and became head winemaker in 2006. Under his leadership, Tawse achieved Ecocert organic and Demeter biodynamic certification and was named Canadian Winery of the year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. He earned the title of Winemaker of the Year at the Ontario Wine Awards in 2011.’

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10 hours ago, Sir Creep said:

Here is the full release from Tawse Winery:

 

‘It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our colleague and friend Paul Pender, who passed away on February 4, 2022. Paul died unexpectedly under tragic circumstances. We will all miss him more than words can express. He was not just our manager but our good friend as well.

Paul Pender joined the Tawse team in 2005 and became head winemaker in 2006. Under his leadership, Tawse achieved Ecocert organic and Demeter biodynamic certification and was named Canadian Winery of the year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. He earned the title of Winemaker of the Year at the Ontario Wine Awards in 2011.’

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Those tragic circumstances may be homicide.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/man-charged-with-murder-after-popular-ontario-wine-maker-found-dead-1.5771535

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