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Napa Winemaker Williams Leaves Pinot Noir Legacy

By January 18, 2020Top News, VIPs

Burt Williams, founding winemaker of Williams Selyem Winery in Healdsburg, California, died from complications related to Parkinson’s disease on December 11, 2019. He was 79. Williams was considered a winemaking pioneer, helping turn pinot noir into Sonoma County’s famed varietal – moving away from “jammy” flavor to the balanced style that helped bring the region esteem. In the early 1980s from a garage in Fulton, Williams and partner Ed Selyem turned their winemaking hobby into one of California’s most sought-after wine labels. The winery is credited with elevating Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley to count among the best wine-growing regions in the world after winning the top prize for a red wine at the 1987 California State Fair.





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