Napa Valley pioneer Joseph Phelps – an ‘extraordinary and visionary leader’ in the fields of wine, construction and benevolence – has died at the age of 87.
. ‘Together with Robert Mondavi and others at the time, they place their hands in the soil and their souls in the wine, making what we have today.‘Joseph Phelps crafted a style of Napa Valley wine that can be loved for a long, long time.’Phelps was described as an 'extraordinary and visionary leader' by his own vineyard team this week. Phelps had an early interest in wine and linked this to the family business, the Hensel Phelps Construction Companionship, by becoming involved in winery construction projects in Napa and Sonoma Counties.Additional interests built-in flying – Phelps became a pilot at the age of 60 – the Oakville Grocery Companionship which he bought and helped run for many years, and a number of excellent
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