Honoring and Remembering Hanzell Vineyard’s Bob Sessions

In tribute to the recently passed Hanzell Vineyard’s Emeritus Winemaker Bob Sessions and his family, FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog will be static until Monday, May 19. No new posts will be placed here. Our thoughts are with Mr. Hanzell’s wife Jean Sessions and son Ben Sessions. Tom Wark will only be blogging during this time at http://www.ciderjournal.com

13 Responses

  1. Bill Mciver - May 14, 2014

    One of the wine greats gone!

  2. Bob Henry - May 14, 2014

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Bob Sessions . . . but I had the distinct and continuing pleasure of meeting his talents in every glass of Hanzell I have savored over the years.

    For the benefit of your readers, this recent tip of the hat to Bob in the pages of The Wall Street Journal:


    And this hour-old tribute from the Los Angeles Times:


    And let me proffer this admiring 2006 profile from The New York Times:


  3. Frank Melis - May 15, 2014

    Dear Jean and Ben,
    My sincerest condolences. We will miss Bob! I fondly recall my visits and long talks with Bob and Ben. He really opened up my eyes! It was over a bottle of Hanzell that I got engaged many years ago. So tonight my wife and I will pull a cork on an old Hanzell and toast to Bob! Hanzell and Bob will always have a soft spot in my heart and his legacy will continue.
    Frank Melis

  4. Michael A. Venezia - May 15, 2014

    We all mourn one of the great wine growers in California history. A toast to his hand print on the wines Hanzell. Michael A. Venezia

  5. Frankie Williams - May 15, 2014

    Dear Jean & Ben – Bob was a sweet and amazing man. I know that my late husband Todd loved him dearly and was proud to do national sales for Hanzell for a period of time. He treasured his time with Bob. RIP. Best – Frankie

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