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RIP board member Lou Kessler

#1 Post by Brad Kane » February 4th, 2019, 7:07 pm

Just wanted to relay the sad information that Lou Kessler passed away this morning. I know a number of folks here will know his name and may have interacted with him on this board and previously on the Parker Board, Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Discussion Group and on Wine Therapy/Wine Disorder.

Lou and I first got to know each other via the interwebz on the Wine Lover's Discussion Group around 1997 and met in NY for the first time in '98. He and BettyLu's yearly trips to NY after that were always a highlight of my year, as were the times they'd host and fete me with wonderful wine dinners when I'd visit them in Napa.

RIP, Lou. You were a real mensch and I know you'll be drinking well with Dressner, Dougherty and Coad at the great big jeeb in the sky. My condolences to BL and his family.

One of my favorite pics of him and fellow Berserker, Marshall Gelb, at a dinner for me at their house in 2007. We were making fun of Marshall's shirt and Lou said, "Hold on just a minute! I think I have that shirt in my closet!"
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#2 Post by Karl K » February 4th, 2019, 7:16 pm

RIP indeed.

Thanks for sharing.
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#3 Post by Rauno E (NZ) » February 4th, 2019, 7:37 pm

RIP from me too - recall his posts and exploits on WLDG.
You mentioned Coad at the big jeeb in the sky; I had no idea Chris had passed away too. One of the greatest TN writers / jeeb documenters.
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#4 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 4th, 2019, 7:40 pm

RIP Lou - this is sad...
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#5 Post by Brad Kane » February 4th, 2019, 7:43 pm

Rauno E (NZ) wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 7:37 pm
RIP from me too - recall his posts and exploits on WLDG.
You mentioned Coad at the big jeeb in the sky; I had no idea Chris had passed away too. One of the greatest TN writers / jeeb documenters.
Yes, Chris tragically had a heart attack on July 4th of 2017. Way too young and he was indeed one of the best wine writers out there.
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#6 Post by Victor Hong » February 5th, 2019, 2:38 am

So sorry.
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#7 Post by Neal.Mollen » February 5th, 2019, 4:25 am

A loss to the community. My thoughts are with his family.
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#8 Post by Kirk.Grant » February 5th, 2019, 4:26 am

Brad Kane wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Just wanted to relay the sad information that Lou Kessler passed away this morning. I know a number of folks here will know his name and may have interacted with him on this board and previously on the Parker Board, Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Discussion Group and on Wine Therapy/Wine Disorder.

Lou and I first got to know each other via the interwebz on the Wine Lover's Discussion Group around 1997 and met in NY for the first time in '98. He and BettyLu's yearly trips to NY after that were always a highlight of my year, as were the times they'd host and fete me with wonderful wine dinners when I'd visit them in Napa.

RIP, Lou. You were a real mensch and I know you'll be drinking well with Dressner, Dougherty and Coad at the great big jeeb in the sky. My condolences to BL and his family.

One of my favorite pics of him and fellow Berserker, Marshall Gelb, at a dinner for me at their house in 2007. We were making fun of Marshall's shirt and Lou said, "Hold on just a minute! I think I have that shirt in my closet!"

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Brad, I'm sorry to hear that you lost a close friend. It's hard to lose anyone that we care for, but it's even harder when they're someone that we share a common passion with. Hopefully there will be bottles you'll open from time to time that will remind you of Lou and the great memories you two had with others. While having never met Lou, he sounds like a special person and it seems like the two of you shared some great moments punctuated by a glass of wine or three. Wishing you and everyone that knew Lou all the best...
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#9 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » February 5th, 2019, 4:46 am

The tales of the dinners put on by Lou and BL were always highlights for the wine boards.

It's very sad to hear of Lou's passing. No matter when it's always too soon.
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#10 Post by Jim Cowan » February 5th, 2019, 5:14 am

Only the rocks live forever.
Therefore it matters not how long we live but how.

To a guy who knew how.

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#11 Post by Robert Dentice » February 5th, 2019, 7:31 am

One of the greatest things about Lou was how he could navigate through all of the factions of the wine world and seemingly get along with everyone. Something we could all learn from.

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#12 Post by alan weinberg » February 5th, 2019, 7:40 am

so sorry for your loss.

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#13 Post by David Glasser » February 5th, 2019, 7:42 am

I remember the tales of his dinners quite well and always enjoyed them. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP.

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#14 Post by Ed Gonzales » February 5th, 2019, 10:54 am

condolences to his family and friends.
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#15 Post by Ian Sutton » February 5th, 2019, 2:41 pm

Sorry to hear this and thanks for letting us know. If you are in touch with his family, please pass out condolences on, and that he'll be warmly remembered here.
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#16 Post by Eric Ifune » February 5th, 2019, 3:49 pm

RIP Lou. I'll open a Heitz for him. I know it was one of his and Betty Lou's favorites.

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#17 Post by p@ulbortin » February 5th, 2019, 9:22 pm

Sorry for your loss Brad.

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#18 Post by mike pobega » February 6th, 2019, 4:14 am

Sorry to hear this. I always admired Lou. Condolences to his family and friends.

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#19 Post by John Davis » February 6th, 2019, 1:56 pm

Sorry to hear this as well.

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#20 Post by salilb » February 6th, 2019, 2:31 pm

man, this is a bummer to read. RIP Lou.
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#21 Post by John Webber » February 6th, 2019, 7:26 pm

RIP Lou.

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#22 Post by Andrew Christiansen » February 6th, 2019, 10:07 pm

My thoughts go out to his family and friends. I didn't know Lou, but read many of his posts.

As for Coad, didn't know him either, but his posts, which were really long-form tasting notes, were unrivaled in their creativity. It's worth the effort to search the disorder board for some of his classics.

Here's one of Coad's best, and Lou provides an eloquent, if too prescient, first reply:

http://winedisorder.com/comment/56/9305/

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#23 Post by Vincent Fritzsche » February 7th, 2019, 9:17 am

He was a really good guy, RIP Lou.
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#24 Post by Jayson Cohen » February 7th, 2019, 7:12 pm

Andrew Christiansen wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 10:07 pm
My thoughts go out to his family and friends. I didn't know Lou, but read many of his posts.

As for Coad, didn't know him either, but his posts, which were really long-form tasting notes, were unrivaled in their creativity. It's worth the effort to search the disorder board for some of his classics.

Here's one of Coad's best, and Lou provides an eloquent, if too prescient, first reply:

http://winedisorder.com/comment/56/9305/
Both great guys. Lou was a generous sweetheart of a guy. Chris, a long-time good friend who passed suddenly and too young: the most talented and creative wine writer I ever met (or read).

The linked post is the resurrection of a classic post that was originally on the Garr board.

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#25 Post by ncostanzo1 » February 7th, 2019, 9:56 pm

RIP to another Berserker. Never crossed paths with the man, but sounds like he favored some good juice and great taste in shirts!
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