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The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Mourns the Passing of Bunny Becker

August 06, 2019



The staff and board of directors of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association expresses their sincerest condolences to the family of Mrs. Bunny Becker, who diligently worked for the betterment of the Texas wine and grape industry for over 25 years. Mrs. Becker’s dedication to quality in all she did contributed greatly to the success of Becker Vineyards and elevated the profile of the Texas wine and grape industry. She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Becker was remembered by Tanji Patton, Host and Executive Producer of Goodtaste with Tanji, in the following tribute:

As we travel through this amazing journey of life, we never truly know the difference we may be making in the lives of others. I just received the heartbreaking news that Bunny Becker passed away today from cancer. I wanted you to know she made a difference in my life.

You likely know Bunny because she and her husband, Dr. Richard Becker, founded Becker Vineyards near Fredericksburg, TX. I want to share some of my experiences with this delightful woman who was at different times a pioneer, a fighter and most of all a lovely soul.

Bunny was an optimist. Bunny and Richard were the first people Mike and I reached out to some 12 years ago when we were seeking advice on starting a wine business. We met for dinner, and I’ll never forget how encouraging and supportive she was--they both were.

Bunny was a giver... and gourmet cook. Once we launched, Bunny and Richard invited us to their home for dinner – an over the top wine pairing extravaganza with the most delicious Shepherd’s Pie I’ve EVER tasted. Every course was exquisite, and every dish was prepared by Bunny, the gourmet cook. Having someone as knowledgeable and influential in the wine world as the Beckers supporting our fledgling business was such a boost to our morale.

Bunny shared stories with me about how hard it was to sell their wines when they first started. With her wonderful sense of humor, she described how she loaded her dolly with boxes of wine and carted them around from restaurant to restaurant asking owners to sell Becker wines. I’ve always remembered these tales, and they were such an inspiration as we were launching our business.

I’ve had the pleasure and honor of interviewing Bunny on several occasions over the years, most recently this past fall. I’ll post the link
here. My heart goes out to the entire Becker family. No doubt the angels are trumpeting the arrival of this beautiful lady.

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