Just heard from a friend yesterday that Paloma matriarch Barbara Richards passed. I only had the pleasure of meeting her once, but my wife and I spent a very pleasant mid-morning with her and my buddy in her kitchen and back porch.
It was the complete opposite of the normal Napa visit and was quite literally a visit with an old friend in their home.
Unfortunately all my Paloma Merlot is gone or I'd open a bottle and enjoy it in her memory. She definitely left an impression on me and her passing brings a bit of sadness this morning. RIP Barbara.