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05.2013

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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OBITUARY: Jim Barrett 86

The founder of Napa Valley’s infamous Chateau Montelena passed away on March 14.  Barrett founded the Calistoga winery in 1972, and shot almost immediately to world renown when critics famously favored his 1973 Chardonnay over four white Burgundies at the 1976 Paris Tasting – is often credited with elevating the status of Napa Valley wines in the international marketplace and laying the foundation for the success they are today. Barrett, a former attorney and veteran of the Korean War, rescued the historic winery, which was originally completed in 1888, from neglect and dilapidation.  Chateau Montelena will remain in the family with Jim’s son Bo Barrett, who has been the Director of Winemaking since 1982, assuming the role of CEO.

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