Connecticut founder of DiGrazia Vineyards in Brookfield Dr. Paul V. DiGrazia died peacefully at his home on July 21, 2019. He was 86. DiGrazia was a graduate of the University of Maryland, received his medical degree and PhD from University Lausanne, Switzerland, and was board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. A well-respected physician and surgeon, DiGrazia brought more than 6,000 lives into the world and aided patients with reproductive health and genetic counseling. In 1978, Dr. DiGrazia realized a lifelong dream of establishing a vineyard, planting 40 acres of fine wine grapes. By 1984, those grapes produced award-winning wines; the vines continue to produce to this day, with the day-to-day operations still run by the family. DiGrazia crafted a wide variety of wines, from fine white and red varietals to several without sulfites. He ventured into creating a line of wines with antioxidants, of which he wrote about in periodicals as well as speaking to a variety of audiences across the country. A previous feature outlines his wine legacy: thebeveragejournal.com/digrazia-vineyards-profile/.