2020: In Memoriam

Remembering the innovators, luminaries, friends and family of the wine industry who died this year

2020: In Memoriam
Clockwise from top left: Georges Duboeuf, Milla Handley, Taras Ochota, Sirio Maccioni, Gray Kunz, Tom Seaver, Floyd Cardoz, Barry Sterling (Courtesy of Duboeuf; Courtesy of Handley Cellars; Richard Humphrys; Patrick McMullan/Getty Images; Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Focus on Sport/Getty Images; Melanie Dunea; Courtesy of Iron Horse Vineyards)
Dec 31, 2020

We may never have looked forward to a new year as much as we do to 2021, but before we close the book on 2020, Wine Spectator's editors would like to remember the wine and restaurant industry pioneers, standard-bearers and loved ones we lost this year, some of them to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We lost some true titans of the wine industry in 2020, including Beaujolais icon Georges Duboeuf and three Wine Spectator Distinguished Service Award winners: Oregon vintner Ken Evenstad, Christie’s auction house legend Michael Broadbent and international producer and distributor Tony Terlato. And the pandemic has taken beloved vintners and chefs too soon as well, including Anderson Valley winemaking pioneer Milla Handley, Spanish wine innovator Carlos Falcó and chef Floyd Cardoz. We'll fondly remember these members of our community that we lost in 2020.

Michael Broadbent with his son Bartholomew
Michael Broadbent with his son Bartholomew (Kent Hanson)

Michael Broadbent
The father of modern wine auctions and longtime head of Christie's wine department inspired a love for rare, old wines with his lifetime of tasting notes.


Dolores Cakebread with her husband, Jack, and sons Dennis, left, and Bruce
Dolores Cakebread with her husband, Jack, and sons Dennis, left, and Bruce (Courtesy of Cakebread Cellars)

Dolores Cakebread
One of the original hosts of Napa Valley, the co-founder of Cakebread Cellars was known for her hospitality and food and wine pairings.


Floyd Cardoz
Floyd Cardoz (Melanie Dunea)

Floyd Cardoz
The 59-year-old chef, a victim of COVID-19, brought the Indian flavors of his childhood to fine dining at Tabla, Bombay Bread Bar and other restaurants.


Georges Duboeuf
Georges Duboeuf (Courtesy of Duboeuf)

Georges Duboeuf
The Beaujolais Nouveau legend first sold wine by bicycle; his discerning palate and knack for marketing built a wine empire that introduced millions to Beaujolais.


Denis Durantou
Denis Durantou (Deepix)

Denis Durantou
The owner of Pomerol's Château L'Église Clinet revitalized his family's estate with his dedication and intelligent attention to detail.


Ken Evenstad
Ken Evenstad and his wife, Grace (Courtesy of Domaine Serene)

Ken Evenstad
After building his fortune in pharmaceuticals, Evenstad and his wife, Grace, founded Domaine Serene, one of Willamette Valley's most prominent wineries.


Carlos Falcó
Carlos Falcó (James Rajotte)

Carlos Falcó
Aristocrat, engineer and entrepreneur, the Marqués de Griñón was a leader in Spanish wine and olive oil.


Milla Handley
Milla Handley (Courtesy of Handley Cellars)

Milla Handley
Anderson Valley pioneer and Handley Cellars founder was a leader for women in wine and a champion for her Mendocino home.


Gray Kunz
Gray Kunz (Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Gray Kunz
The pioneering chef and restaurateur forged a new path through his cuisine, with ripple effects still felt in dining rooms today.


Michel Lafarge
Michel Lafarge (Jon Wyand)

Michel Lafarge
Quiet, confident Volnay winemaker produced elegant Pinot Noirs from old vines.


Sirio Maccioni
Sirio Maccioni (Patrick McMullan/Getty Images)

Sirio Maccioni
Legendary restaurateur and ringmaster behind Le Cirque was a maître d' to the stars.


Taras Ochota
Taras Ochota (Richard Humphrys)

Taras Ochota
Beloved 49-year-old Australian winemaker swam against the current, making low-intervention wines and becoming a cult icon to the natural wine movement.


Lucie ‘Lulu’ Peyraud
Matriarch of France's Domaine Tempier helped put Bandol on the wine map; her Provençal cooking inspired Alice Waters.


Diego Planeta
Diego Planeta (Andrea Wyner)

Diego Planeta
As head of a vintners' cooperative and later as founder of his family winery, Planeta brought new ideas and boundless energy to Sicilian wine.


Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Tom Seaver
The strikeout king known as Tom Terrific spent his retirement years farming Cabernet Sauvignon on Napa’s Diamond Mountain.


Barry Sterling
Barry Sterling (Courtesy of Iron Horse Vineyards)

Barry Sterling
California sparkling wine pioneer founded Iron Horse Vineyards and positioned his winery among California’s top sparkling wine houses.


Tony Terlato
Tony Terlato (Shannon Sturgis)

Tony Terlato
From working in his dad's retail store to building a leading wine distribution and import firm to producing wines in four countries, the U.S. wine giant focused on bringing quality to consumers.


Renato Vacca
Renato Vacca (Takuji Shimmura)

Renato Vacca
The 51-year-old Barbaresco native was driving force behind his family’s Cantina del Pino winery.


Alain Voge
Alain Voge (Jon Wyand)

Alain Voge
As a young farmer, Voge began bottling his own wines and cultivating his Cornas and St.-Péray vineyards at a time when development threatened the hillside vines.

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