2023: In Memoriam

2024 awaits, but before we turn the calendar, Wine Spectator‘s editors would like to remember the wine industry trailblazers, innovators and history makers we lost this year.

In 2023, we said goodbye to longtime California wine industry leaders Paul Dolan, Mike Grgich, Donald Hess and Michael Martini, as well as Oregon Pinot Noir legend Dick Erath. Star chef, restaurateur and vintner Michael Chiarello passed suddenly at age 61. From France, charismatic Château Lynch Bages winemaker Jean-Michel Cazes, d’Yquem owner Alexandre de Lur Saluces and Alsace’s Hubert Trimbach were all lost this year after long and distinguished careers. We’ll remember them all as we celebrate the new year to come.


Jean Baumard

The longtime winemaker at Domaine des Baumard brought new acclaim to Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley.


Giuseppe Benanti

Founder of his family’s winery on the slopes of Sicily’s famed volcano helped spark Mount Etna’s wine renaissance


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Michael Benedict

Co-founder of Sanford & Benedict helped pave the way for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara’s Sta. Rita Hills


Jacky Blot

Considered one of the Loire’s most talented winemakers, Blot set a new standard


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Jean-Michel Cazes

The Bordeaux icon and revered winemaker behind Château Lynch Bages revitalized his family’s winery and then helped rejuvenate the entire region


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Michael Chiarello

Napa Valley culinary star and Bottega restaurateur made his name at Tra Vigne before venturing into cookbooks, winemaking, olive oil and TV shows


Michele Chiarlo

The enterprising Barolo and Barbera maker learned the best way to produce great wine was to use the right grapegrowing techniques


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Paul Dolan

As a longtime leader at Fetzer and other projects, he pushed wineries and growers to adopt organic, biodynamic and regenerative farming


Dick Erath

Oregon Pinot Noir pioneer helped lay the groundwork for Willamette Valley’s success


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Mike Grgich

The longtime Napa Valley winemaker was best known for crafting the famed 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the Paris Tasting of 1976


Donald Hess

The Swiss businessman and art collector built a wine corporation starting in Napa Valley before moving to the Andes to focus on…


Source : https://www.winespectator.com/articles/the-winemakers-and-chefs-we-lost-in-2023

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