2022: In Memoriam

Remembering the pioneers, legends, friends and family of the wine industry who died this year

2022: In Memoriam
Clockwise from top left: Kim Marcus, Anthony Barton, Josh Jensen, Louis-Fabrice Latour, Ross Andrew Mickel, Sean Thackrey, Joe Rochioli Jr., Fred Franzia (Clockwise from top left: David Yellen, no credit, Chris Leschinsky, Michel Joly, no credit, Katrine Naleid, Melissa Barnes, Gabriela Hasbun)
Dec 30, 2022

As we prepare to ring in 2023, Wine Spectator's editors are taking a moment to toast the wine industry pioneers, innovators, leaders and chroniclers we lost this year, among them one of our dearest friends.

This year we said goodbye to California Pinot Noir pioneer and Calera founder Josh Jensen, charismatic Château Léoville Barton owner Anthony Barton, Napa vintner Jack Cakebread, Two-Buck Chuck innovator Fred Franzia, Burgundy’s Louis-Fabrice Latour, Sonoma’s Joe Rochioli Jr., restaurateur Tony May and our own Kim Marcus. We'll dearly remember these members of our community that we lost in 2022.


 Franco Allegrini brought a determined, precise focus to Allegrini's vineyards and cellars.
Franco Allegrini brought a determined, precise focus to Allegrini's vineyards and cellars. (Colin Dutton)

Franco Allegrini
One of three siblings who helped make their family winery and Valpolicella global names, he oversaw winemaking and viticulture.


Anthony Barton
A dashing figure for decades in the wine trade, he raised Bordeaux’s Châteaus Léoville Barton and Langoa Barton to iconic status.


 Jack Cakebread with his wife, Dolores, and sons Bruce, left, and Dennis, who help manage the winery today, at a 2019 winery event.
Jack Cakebread with his wife, Dolores, and sons Bruce, left, and Dennis, who help manage the winery today, at a 2019 winery event. (Courtesy Cakebread Cellars/Alexander Rubin)

Jack Cakebread
The owner of an auto repair shop and a freelance photographer, Cakebread found a second career helping define Napa Chardonnay at Cakebread Cellars.


Fred Franzia
The co-founder of Bronco Wine Company was known for launching "Two Buck Chuck" and for his outspoken opinions of the wine industry.


 Alain Graillot found winemaking greatness in the rocky soils of the Northern Rhône Valley.
Alain Graillot found winemaking greatness in the rocky soils of the Northern Rhône Valley. (Jon Wyand)

Alain Graillot
His Northern Rhône Valley domaine became the standard-bearer for the Crozes-Hermitage appellation.


 André Hugel in his family's storied wine cellars. He helped rebuild the company, founded in the 1600s, after World War II devastated Alsace.
André Hugel in his family's storied wine cellars. He helped rebuild the company, founded in the 1600s, after World War II devastated Alsace. (Courtesy of Famille Hugel)

André Hugel
The 11th-generation member of one of Alsace's top wine families helped rebuild the business after World War II.


Josh Jensen
Pioneering founder of Calera Wine Company turned his passion for Pinot Noir into one of California’s most recognized and celebrated wineries.


Louis-Fabrice Latour
Eleventh-generation president of Burgundy's Maison Louis Latour led one of Burgundy's most prominent and historic producers.


Kim Marcus
Longtime Wine Spectator senior editor helped shape the magazine's global coverage of wine for more than three decades.


Ross Andrew Mickel
The young vintner, who went from sommelier to boutique winery owner, was lost in a seaplane crash near Seattle.


 Polished, professional and passionate about Italian cooking, Tony May was a legend in New York restaurants.
Polished, professional and passionate about Italian cooking, Tony May was a legend in New York restaurants. (Jeffrey Holmes)

Tony May
Giant of Italian food and wine in the U.S. championed authentic Italian cuisine and mentored countless chefs at New York’s San Domenico, Palio and SD26.


 Paul Pender was winemaker at one of Niagara's top wineries for more than 15 years.
Paul Pender was winemaker at one of Niagara's top wineries for more than 15 years. (Courtesy Tawse Wine & Spirits)

Paul Pender
The longtime winemaker for Niagara's Tawse Wine & Spirits made gorgeous single-vineyard wines.


Joe Rochioli Jr.
California Pinot Noir pioneer saw potential for fine wine from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley.


Allen Shoup
As the head of Chateau Ste. Michelle, he was a guiding force in establishing Washington state's wine reputation.


 Lucio Tasca d'Almerita worked at his family's winery for six decades, expanding not just its sales but also the world's perception of Sicilian wine.
Lucio Tasca d'Almerita worked at his family's winery for six decades, expanding not just its sales but also the world's perception of Sicilian wine. (Courtesy of Tasca d'Almerita)

Lucio Tasca d’Almerita
At his family’s winery, he gained global respect for Sicily’s terroir by trying international grapes, then built on that with outstanding native grape wines.


 Claude Taittinger promoted great cuisine and modern art, while also selling his family's Champagne brand.
Claude Taittinger promoted great cuisine and modern art, while also selling his family's Champagne brand. (Benainous/Vandeville/Getty)

Claude Taittinger
Champagne icon managed the Taittinger Champagne house, investing in vineyards, modernizing marketing and co-founding Domaine Carneros in Napa.


Sean Thackrey
The art dealer turned maverick winemaker pursued wines of character over convention; he also amassed one of the world’s largest collections of historic wine books and manuscripts.

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