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Wine Expert and Wife Face Long Recovery After Accident

Daniel Sogg
Posted: November 19, 1999

California-based wine consultant Ronn Wiegand, publisher of "Restaurant Wine," and his wife, Brenda Boblitt, remain hospitalized after their automobile accident on Nov. 7.

Wiegand faces an extended convalescence after breaking his jaw and undergoing hip-reconstruction surgery. "Except for some grueling rehab, he'll be fine," said brother Jim Wiegand. "Within a year he should be well."

Boblitt remains in very serious condition in the intensive care unit at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. "Her doctors say she'll stay in ICU for six months to a year," said sister-in-law Carley Wiegand.

The couple's 15-year-old twin sons, Ehren and Hubert, are back in school. Ehren is on crutches with a broken hip, while Hubert separated his shoulder.

Friends and family members are raising money to help cover Wiegand and Boblitt's substantial medical expenses. Gifts can be sent to Carley B. Wiegand in Trust for the Wiegand and Boblitt Family, account number 094268174, c/o Bank of the West, 3300 Jefferson St., Napa, CA 94558. Contributions can be deposited at any Bank of the West branch.

To read the original news report:

  • Nov. 10, 1999
    California-Based Wine Expert and Family Injured in Accident

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