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September 5, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Tributes are pouring in for Kent Rosenblum. He's really going to be missed. 

Kent Rosenblum, CEO of Rockwall Wine Company, the good-natured veterinarian from Minnesota who co-founded Rosenblum Cellars in 1978 and helped popularize super-premium Zinfandel, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday night.

Based in Alameda, Rosenblum Cellars grew to become a stalwart producer of Zinfandel and Rhone Varietals, producing 200,000 cases each year, and was known as one of the "three Rs of Zinfandel" (Ravenswood, Ridge, and Rosenblum) before it was sold to Diageo in 2008 for $105 million (the brand is now owned by Bronco Wine Co).

After purchasing Rosenblum Cellars, Diageo moved production to Napa while Dr. Rosenblum started up Rock Wall Wine Co. ... with his daughter, Shauna as winemaker.

Dr. Rosenblum received an award for ‘Lifetime Achievement in Urban Winemaking’ from The East Bay Vintners Alliance in 2015.

One of the good guys. 

 






 

In the video below, Kent Rosenblum discusses the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


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