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Wine Pioneer 'Dr. Dan' Dies on Long Island

August 21, 2014

Herodotus Damianos, known in the wine industry as Dr. Dan, passed away Aug. 18 after a long illness. A pioneer in grapegrowing and winemaking on Long Island, he purchased 30 acres of land on the North Fork in 1979; the following year he planted Chardonnay vines and founded Pindar Vineyards. While he continued his medical career as an internist, he added acreage to his vineyard and promoted the winery. By the late 1980s, the quality of Pindar wines was established, and his wines were served at the inauguration of U.S. President George H.W. Bush.