Robert Lawrence Balzer: 1912-2011

James Laube
Issue: February 29, 2012

Robert Lawrence Balzer became America's first wine journalist, an unabashed cheerleader for California wine as the industry matured, and one of the country's preeminent wine educators. Balzer died Dec. 2 at the age of 99 at his home in Orange, Calif. Wine Spectator's James Laube reports.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands January 31, 2012.

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