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A Very Sad Time for Club Members

2017 June 29

 

 

 

The other day we received the unexpected news that our long standing club member Steve Marsiglia passed away.  Steve made wine with us since 2005.

He was with us year after year even on days when we were making vats he had no investment in.   Steve was a special winemaker.  He embraced biology and chemistry and often asked me questions which on occasion made me resort to research texts for answers.  He had a curious mind for the wine making process.   Never was there an occasion where he didn’t ask why or how.  Yet Steve, coming originally from the Old School, hardly was a disciple of that school. He was willing to adopt and adapt all the modern practices but still had a love for the “old ways” .   Often he longed to follow those methods even though I knew he truly knew it was not the best way to proceed.  Especially with the love for Science he possessed.  Yet I must say there were times when we had  conversations where I was challenged by Steve and would have to convince him.   Many times pulling my hair out doing so.

He had such respect for “old timers” in need his house was open for them.  When I was a bit upset with one of the old guys he lectured me.   I remember that lecture.  It changed my outlook.  I will thank him for that forever.

We are all going to miss him greatly.  He was our friend. He worked hard. He made us laugh. He cared deeply about us.  He is gone now.

We will miss him always.

7 Responses leave one →
  1. Phil permalink
    June 30, 2017

    Rest in peace Steve. You put up the good fight. We will raise a glass in your honor

  2. Dan Lodico permalink
    June 30, 2017

    I’m very sorry to hear this. Whenever I showed up to dinners, or on winemaking days on Kimball Ave., Steve was always very welcoming to me. I always enjoyed our conversations, which more often than not, were not about wine.
    We’ve lost a good man. God Bless you Steve, and God Bless your family.

  3. Al Battista permalink
    June 30, 2017

    Amen, Rest In Peace my friend.

  4. Al Battista permalink
    June 30, 2017

    Rest In Peace My friend and fellow winemaker.

  5. David M Brand permalink
    June 30, 2017

    Rest in Peace Steve – you looked at peace last night in your final resting place. I only knew you from 2008, but we’re kindred spirits. I’ll miss you as will we all. Please look over us at the club and visit when you can.
    THANK YOU Steve

  6. Andy W permalink
    June 30, 2017

    I only knew you for a few years, but it was always fun to make wine with you. You made “this new guy” feel comfortable when I had no clue what to do, and even helped me score the elusive carboys in crates us new (now old) guys have difficulty locating. It was fun watching you take the less popular and skeptical side of arguments with the crowd, but none of-our glasses were ever half-full. They were either empty in a need of refill, or brimming waiting to be tasted. Cheers my friend, and rest in peace (and pinot).

  7. Mike T permalink
    July 1, 2017

    Wine-making wont be the same without you Steve. Rest in Peace.

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