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Pat Fegan

Very sad news this past week that our old friend Pat Fegan had passed away.

Pat was an institution in Chicago. He taught classes, wrote about wine, and knew everyone who mattered. But more than that, Pat put his own stamp of the world of wine in Chicago, and frankly, the whole Midwest. That stamp is still there is so many ways.

Pat was among the most knowledgeable people in the world about grapevines and varieties, but he was the antithesis of the pedantic academic expert. Always ready with at least three of the latest jokes, always happy to say hello to his hundreds, maybe thousands of students, Pat made wine fun in every way. He made the world a better place, and we are much poorer for his passing.

Tonight I think I’ll raise a glass of Tempranillo in honor of Pat—and hear his voice reminding me of the many different names that grape has in Spain–much to his amusement. And then he’d move on to a joke told quietly out of the corner of his mouth…

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