Carl Kanowsky: A fitting tribute to a wine icon

Carl Kanowsky: A fitting tribute to a wine icon

Tom Shelton was a pillar of the Napa wine scene and of the wine world in general. A legend, leader, and visionary for California’s most prestigious wine region, Tom passed away from brain cancer at the tender age of 55 in 2008.

He worked for two notable wineries, Franciscan and Guenoc, before being named President and CEO of Joseph Phelps, a name recognized by any serious wine connoisseur. According to James Laube, longtime wine columnist for Wine Spectator, Tom and Craig Williams, Phelps’ winemaker, were responsible for Phelps’ renown Cabernet-based Insignia being named Wine Spectator’s 2005 Wine of The Year. A significant accomplishment – with a retail price of $150/bottle, the 2002 Insignia cost degrees more than most WOTY winners.

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