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We were shocked to get an email earlier this week from the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association that Bob Nye, general manager of Goldeneye Winery in Philo, had passed away suddenly at the age of 48 on Monday, June 1. This is very sad news for this community and especially for his family and close friends. He is survived by his wife and young son. A special memorial fund has been set up for his son’s college education and a memorial service will happen this coming Sunday, June 15 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden at 1pm. More information about the fund can be found here.
While I didn’t know Bob that well, I can tell you what a stand-up guy he was. As new winemakers joining the Anderson Valley community, Bob was very supportive of us joining the association and getting involved. We are a couple of times removed from Anderson Valley, it seems, because we don’t have vineyards or a winery in Mendocino County, but we do make wine with Anderson Valley fruit and we’ve been going to Anderson Valley for many years and have gotten to know many of the people in the winemaking community. He chatted with us last year at Mary Elke’s open house and was very welcoming. When we poured at this year’s Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, Bob actively sought out members of the wine trade press to try Waits-Mast wines. Like I said, stand-up guy.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We know Bob will be sorely missed.
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