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#1 Post by Jayson Cohen »

I just heard she passed away last night.

She was a pioneer and leader in bringing high quality Burgundy to the US. She had a great interview with Levi I recommend listening to.

RIP.

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Damn. RIP . . .
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A terrible loss.
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#4 Post by CJ Beazley »

What a shame. She has a great episode on Levi’s podcast.
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#5 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f »

Wow. Major loss. RIP and thank you for your life's work.

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#6 Post by billnanson »

As a (much younger) writer, Becky always took people like me under her wing and had done so for a generation, or two, of writers. There was never anyone like her before and there still isn't - she opened a lot of doors for a lot of people... RIP
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#7 Post by Vince T »

Wow, a true legend and groundbreaker. RIP.
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#8 Post by Jonathan Favre »

Horrible news. To imagine all of the experiences she would have racked up as such an important part of burgundy expansion and history is impressive - RIP. There's probably lots of history still resting in her cellar(s).

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#9 Post by William Kelley »

Such sad news! First met her when I was a student and most recently saw her for lunch the day before I left France for the summer. What a big-hearted, generous, and kind spirit she was!
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#10 Post by Mel Knox »

I was in business with her for many years. So many things I could say.
As Wm Kelley points out, she had a big heart and a kind spirit.

For so many she was the bridge between the West Coast and the Cote d Or. Clendenen is the best example.
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#11 Post by Brent C l a y t o n »

I had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of times, including a dinner with Sandy Block MW up in Boston. Condolences to Peter, Paul and the rest of the family.
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#12 Post by Kevin Sidders »

For someone so prominent, she was incredibly generous in meeting with me on a couple of different occasions to discuss my ideas for VinConnect. An icon, but so open, kind and patient in explaining the business of Burgundy to an outsider. I can only imagine how helpful she has been to so many others over decades.

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#13 Post by Dennis Borczon »

It would be fitting if there were a vineyard, or at least a cuvee named after her in Burgundy. She touched many lives there. Never had the pleasure of meeting her in person. A legend.

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RIP.

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Bummer

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#16 Post by G. Greenbaum »

Ugghhh, can this year get any worse....don't answer that. So sorry to hear of Becky's passing. A true pioneer and talent she had for finding the right vingerons. And as a woman in this industry, she likely faced more challenges, yet so successful. My deepest condolences to her kids (especially Paul who is a friend), Russel and all those that knew her.
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#17 Post by maureen nelson »

I learned of this this morning but could not bring myself to post it as it seemed like it would make it real and I wanted to avoid that. She was a dear, dear friend and I along with thousands of others will miss her warmth, wit and intelligence. She provided me with most of my great burgundy experiences, from supplying the Bachelet wines that I cut my teeth on to seating me next to Denis at her dinner table to taking me with her and Russell to a crazy party celebrating the new cuverie at Domaine Cathiard.

Such a great person and such a loss to the wine community!

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the good angel sitting on my left shoulder...

took great pains to show me around Burgundy when i first turned up;
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I envy those of you who knew her. I just admired her and her career from afar.

The wine world just got noticeably smaller.
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#20 Post by Scott Brunson »

My wife, who doesn’t really pay much attention to the stickers on our bottles, even recognized the name and made a sad noise.
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#21 Post by Keith Levenberg »

Ugh. Condolences to her family and many friends. I was lucky enough to get connected to her for our first Burgundy visit and she spent a whole day taking us around to her various projects. What a lady and what a character.

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#22 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

A great person, an important contributor, a generous and enthusiastic sharer or time and knowledge. This is a great loss for the wine world. One that deserves much deeper expression than "bummer."
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#23 Post by dcornutt »

Sad. A wonderful lady. Wishing her husband Russell and her sons peace and comfort. One of the truly great personalities in all of Burgundy.
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#24 Post by Hal Blumberg »

RIP Becky, a true maverick who touched so many people.

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#25 Post by Jim Cowan »

She lived 82 years, over 50 of them in Burgundy. She did what she loved, influenced many, opened so many doors for associates and clients and was a success in any meaningful definition of the word.
Were that we are so fortunate.
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#26 Post by D. W i l l i g e r »

Sometime in the late 1990's my wife and I spent an afternoon visiting with Becky when we were in Beaune (arranged by Paul). After tasting through a ton of wines, Becky, a very nice young lady from Texas who worked there, and the two of us went to lunch at a casual bistro. While there, Pascal Marchand showed up, then Hubert de Montille, and the whole group had a fantastic lunch!! And yes some very good wines. But the people were what made this memorable afternoon.
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#27 Post by Jorge Henriquez »

Condolences to the Wasserman clan!
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#28 Post by Noah C »

Very sad indeed. I also want to recommend the Levi Dalton interview of her for those who haven't heard it. It's been a little while since I listened, but I seem to recall a wonderful description of a meal with Aubert de Villaine that ended with La Tache poured over fresh strawberries! Now that is pure class.
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#29 Post by Matt Latuchie »

A terrible loss - never had the chance to meet her, but have heard so many wonderful stories of her generosity and knowledge over the years. Have a lump in my throat…sigh.
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#30 Post by Vincent Fritzsche »

Such a sad day. Think of all the Becky Wasserman selections we’ve enjoyed over the years. The knowledge provided by her work. And yet what about her pioneering work as a barrel broker back when nobody was bring Burgundy barrels to the US. She talks about it in the Levi Dalton pod interview. Our debt as American makers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is enormous, incalculable. Long live Becky Wasserman.
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#31 Post by Doug Ackerman »

Deepest condolences to Russell and her sons. A maverick, a visionary. The world is a better place because of her. I'll never forget a tremendous lunch at her house, prepared by Russell. Such joy.
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#32 Post by dcornutt »

I am going to raise a glass of Michel Lafarge's Volnay on Monday after call is over to toast her. Her bringing in the Lafarge wines was one of my greatest finds.
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#33 Post by Peter Chiu »

Brady Daniels wrote: August 20th, 2021, 3:09 pm I envy those of you who knew her. I just admired her and her career from afar.

The wine world just got noticeably smaller.

Plus one -----RIP - May God bless her soul.

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#34 Post by Alan C h a n »

Very sad about this - one of those people who made such a difference to those of us in the US who love Burgundy that we probably don’t realize the full scope of her contributions.
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#35 Post by Richard Albert »

Big loss.
We sold a lot of her wine through Diamond Wine Imports in Berkeley in the 80's.
On our honeymoon/grand tasting tour in 1986.we were invited to pend an afternoon at her amazing old farm home in Beaune. Fine time was had starting with my 1976 Dom and caviar.
She was a brave pioneer with a vision and drive succeeding in a male dominated wine scene, deserving of all the praise.
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#36 Post by Marshall Gelb »

A great loss indeed. Loved selling her wines in the early to mid 80's and unfortunately, missed an opportunity to meet her in Beaune way back in 1986. An amazing pioneer and innovator. She will be sorely missed.

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#37 Post by Marcus Goodfellow »

Very sad news. Both she and the wineries she represented were an inspiration.
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A little bit about Becky and barrels: when the Wassermans moved to Burgundy --they left the US. for France in May of 1968 for some calm...maybe not the greatest idea--and bought a farmhouse. etc in Bouilland. While the house was being renovated they rented a home across the street from the original Francois Freres cooperage in downtown St-Romain. So a great friendship was born.

Jean Francois' buddies were already selling barrels in the US so around 1975 he had the idea of sending Becky to California.At that time Sirugue was the only Burgundian cooperage sold in the the US, thanks to Dick Graf. He had imported a group of five cooperages, Tonnelleries de Bourgogne, decided he liked Sirugue the best, and got them to quit the group. When his winery business took off, he got Jim Boswell to sell the barrels. Jim's sister is married to Jacques Seysses. The marriage has lasted but Sirugue is now repped by a cousin of theirs, a woman named Francoise Gouges. She lives in Santa Monica, close to the Malibu wineries.

I met Becky and Jean on one of their first trips here...1975?? Becky sensed her marriage was not headed towards blissville and needed to earn money. Sirugue barrels were sold in a crazy manner. You paid three different invoices, one for each stage of the transit. Becky figured out a way to group barrels together so somebody could order less than a container load, assuming everything fit together. One invoice and you didn't have to order a container.

Not only could Becky charm birds out of the trees, they would ask her what they could do to help.

There used to be a series in the Readers Digest called something like 'the most unusual character I have ever met'. In my life the two qualifiers would be Clendenen and Becky. To think that Jim painted her office. Small world.
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#39 Post by Jeremy C »

Thank you for sharing that, Mel.
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#40 Post by Thomas Keim »

I first met Becky in the early 80s in Chicago - and she set me up for some of my first visits to Burgundy. I was an absolute Rabid customer for many years after. She was an absolute bad-ass, and one of the first people I met in the Wine Business that I was just in total awe of (she could have told me Burgundy was made from mud, and I would have believed her). RIP Becky, and thank you for making me a Burgundy whore.
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Condolences to the family. Such a major figure who made contemporary history, a life well-lived. RIP.

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#43 Post by Thomas Keim »

I am surprised that no one, or article has mentioned the partnership she had with Christopher Canon back in the early 1980s, one that really opened up the distribution networks in the US to her.
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#44 Post by Mark Golodetz »

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote: August 25th, 2021, 5:56 pm Nice reflection here.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2021/08 ... newsletter
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Thomas,
Becky s strength and weakness came from her heart and her loyalty to people she loved. In the case of Christopher Cannan and Becky the problem came from a man named Barry Bassin, a NY importer who stiffed Becky for over $100,000, a big sum in the ‘80s.
Becky thought he was great, got a bad jolt when he left her hanging. The relationship w Cannan was collateral damage.
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#48 Post by Tran Bronstein »

Very sad to hear this. I actually know of her because she also championed Alsace wines via her company's website. There is an acknowledgement of her passing on the website's front page which you can see at beckywasserman.com. What an incredible life and a sad loss for the wine industry. RIP.
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