Doing a special Cork Dorks episode paying respect to the passing of Kent Rosenblum. He was a Wine pioneer, zinfandel pioneer, and actually supported and lifted the central coast in its wine game over the years as well.
Kent Rosenblum, a pioneer winemaker in the modern California Zinfandel movement, died unexpectedly Sept. 5 from complications following knee replacement surgery. He was 74.
“He was still so full of life,” said Shauna Rosenblum, his daughter and business partner. “He was so excited to get back out there — to start skiing again and to get back in the vineyard.” He had undertaken the voluntary knee replacement surgery so that he could continue skiing.
In the 1980s, Rosenblum Cellars helped launch a new era for California Zinfandel. Although Rosenblum Cellars sourced grapes from all over Northern California, its wines were always made in Alameda County, close to where Rosenblum lived and worked as a veterinarian. When he sold his wine brand to the global corporation Diageo in 2008, many assumed that Rosenblum and his wife, Kathy, were ready for retirement. But it was the start of a new chapter for their family: Kent and Shauna Rosenblum launched a new winery, Rock Wall Wine Co., in Alameda.