The last time I wrote about Tom Malloy was after I’d sat down to dinner with him and friends to drink the 2006 Wine of the Year, the 2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova.
A kind reader, Tim Johnson, of Portland, Ore., had given Tom a bottle of the wine since it was both expensive and hard to find.
Tom was a longtime wine lover and collector who lived most of his life in Napa and was, to my knowledge, our oldest reader.
In this line of work, there’s nothing more important than our readers, since subscriptions, circulation and readership are the cornerstone of our business. Needless to say we aim to please, and we hate losing readers—any readers—period.
Well, we lost Tom last week. He made it to 96, and his next-door neighbors—my dear friend Mary Jane Bowker, and her husband, Dennis—had talked about hosting a dinner again at their home. Mary Jane and Dennis made dinner for Tom most nights for nearly 20 years, sharing what they had prepared or making a special dinner when they were gone and delivered it to Tom with a glass or two of red wine.
Tom had a nice wine collection in his underground cellar, and he liked to clip wine reviews and tape them to special bottles so he could remember the price, or the review, when time came to drink the wine.
As Tom’s daughter wrote, “He turned those bottles in his basement a quarter turn four times a year until he was in his early 80s. Then he asked his grandson, Tim Malloy, to do it for him under his supervision. He's a big believer in keeping the corks even.”
Here’s a toast to Tom and the Bowkers. Great people and great friends.
Jordan Horoschak — Houston, TX — February 19, 2008 3:15pm ET
Jason Thompson — Foster City, CA — February 19, 2008 7:50pm ET
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