NY Times: "Burt Pugach, Protagonist of a Strange Tabloid Love Story, Dies at 93 In 1959, he had his lover blinded. When he got out of prison, he married her. He called their relationship 'a storybook romance.'”
The 2007 weird documentary about them, Crazy Love, (co-directed by Fisher Stevens) is worth seeking out.
Laurent Vaillé, founder of Grange des Pères, Friday April 30, apparently of an accident on the farm. He was only 57 years old. Apparently frosts with temperatures dropping to -12 resulted in the loss of this year's entire crop as well.
I've always loved Grange des Pères. I've always thought it was one of the purest definition of a cult wine there was. Small, under the radar, hard to get and wonderful.
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