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Louis J. Foppiano Dies at 101

March 26, 2012

Louis J. Foppiano, who managed Sonoma’s oldest family-run winery, Foppiano Vineyards, for much of its 116 years, died March 23 at the age of 101, reports Wine Spectator. Known as Lou Sr. to many, Foppiano was born on his family’s 167-acre farm on Nov. 25, 1910. He would live and work on the farm his whole life, becoming one of the region’s wine pioneers, helping shape Sonoma through Prohibition and its jug-wine days to being a leader in the wine industry. “What an amazing life,” said winemaker Pete Seghesio. “Imagine what the California wine industry has been through in his lifetime.”

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