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Monday Memories
Robert Lawrence Balzer, 1912-2011

By Charles Olken

Mr. Balzer was the first giant of winewriting in the United States. His invention made it possible for me to have a career as publisher of Connoisseurs’ Guide. A fitting tribute to his life as author, newsletter publisher, wine merchant, teacher, center of attention for decades appeared on Friday in Those of you old enough to have known or even to have known of Mr. Balzer should follow the link below. But, more importantly, those of you too young to have known of Mr. Balzer’s incredible role in the early days of the wine recovery post-Prohibition need to follow the link because the story needs to part of your understanding of our business.

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