As many of you already know, our dear friend, long time partner and California wine Titan, Koerner Rombauer passed away on May 10, 2018 at the ripe old age of 83.
Koerner leaves us with a strong family, enormous group of friends around the world, and a tremendously impactful, successful personal and professional legacy that will no doubt continue on for generations. Over the past weeks there have been many stories and moments remembered and shared by the Cream Team, our customers, and Rombauer drinkers. Thank you for the kind words, thoughts, prayers and positive energy for the Rombauer family.
Cream and Rombauer have worked together in Illinois since our inception. We certainly could not have grown and evolved the way we have over 16+ years without this iconic, cornerstone producer in our portfolio. Always the risk taker, Koerner took a shot on our start up representing his family winery in a tumultuous big liquor market, just weeks after 9/11/2001. The rest, as they say, is history.
Thank you Koerner for all you have done for Napa Valley and American wine as well as your strong sense of family, ethics and philanthropy. Thank you for all you have done for Cream, our customers and the Illinois wine community. We raise a glass in your honor and hope you enjoy the view from your flight.
Cheers, The Cream Team