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Trinchero Family Estates Announces the Passing of Vera Trinchero Torres

"She will be dearly missed by all of us. She was one of a kind"
by Press Release
July 25, 2014


St. Helena, Calif., July 25, 2014 — Trinchero Family Estates (TFE), the Napa Valley-based, family-owned wine and spirits company announced today that Vera Trinchero Torres, one of Napa Valley’s most generous wine pioneers, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2014. She was 76.

Vera was born in New York City to Mario and Mary Trinchero. In 1948, when Vera was ten, the family purchased the Sutter Home Winery and moved to St. Helena, California. After graduating from St. Helena High School, Vera began a career as a legal secretary. Later she joined the family business and held key roles at Sutter Home Winery, including company secretary and overseeing the company's charitable activities, while raising her two sons, Anthony “Tony” Torres and Robert “Bob” Torres with her husband, Ray Torres. Vera and her brothers Bob and Roger worked together to build Sutter Home into one of the top-selling premium varietal wine brands in the U.S., and one of the preeminent success stories of the wine industry. Vera’s two sons followed in the family footsteps, quickly becoming key executives in the organization.

As a breast cancer survivor and owner of the family-run business, Vera continued her dedication to the cause - helping raise more than $1 million towards the fight against breast cancer through the Sutter Home program. In recognition of her philanthropic efforts and service to the community, Vera was named Woman of the Year for the 2nd District of the California State Senate in 1996, and St. Helena Citizen of the Year in 1999. Trinchero Family Estates remains a family-owned, family-run business. Vera is survived by her sons Tony Torres, Principal and SVP Administration, and Bob Torres, Principal and SVP Operations; her brothers Bob Trinchero, Principal and Chairman, and Roger Trinchero, Principal and CEO; and her four grandchildren Laina, Michael, Mathew, and Julia.

“Our mother’s generosity to the community was legendary, as a supporter of many causes benefiting people young and old.” Her son Bob Torres noted, “She will be remembered for her philanthropy and for the way she lived life to the fullest – working, bringing up a family, and even dancing at winery and charitable events with her lifelong best friend, Mary (Torres) Scheel.”

Her brother Roger Trinchero added, “She will be dearly missed by all of us. She was one of a kind.”

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations are being accepted at the following websites:

Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga

We Care Animal Rescue

St. Helena Little League

About Trinchero Family Estates

Trinchero Family Estates is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. TFE’s diverse portfolio of more than 40 wines and spirits includes such brands such as Sutter Home, Ménage à Trois, Trinchero Napa Valley, SeaGlass, Fancy Pants, Napa Cellars, Terra d’Oro, Trinity Oaks, Folie à Deux, Sugar Island Rum, and the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre. Trinchero Family Estates also markets and sells Joel Gott Wines; The Three Thieves (Bandit, Newman’s Own, and The SHOW); Charles & Charles; Taken Wine Co.; Angove Wines from Australia; Carmen Wines from Chile; Shatter Wines from France; Sugar Island Rum from the Caribbean; and CRUZ and Tres Agaves Tequilas from Mexico. Visit to learn more.

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