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Percy Fox announces death of Blossom Hill winemaker, Carol Thorup

Published:  04 October, 2011

Percy Fox has announced the loss of Carol Thorup, wine maker for Blossom Hill, who has died from cancer.

Thorup who worked with Blossom Hill for 18 over years began her career with Almaden Vineyards in 1982 at the Almaden Facility on Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.

In 1983, she moved to San Benito County where she began working at Almaden Vineyards in Paicines.

Diageo purchased the Paicines Facility in 1987 and in 1993 it was renamed, "Blossom Hill Winery" at which time Carol took the position of wine maker.

Simon Lawson, Percy Fox General Manager, said: "Carol's passing has hit us all very hard indeed, she will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

"She was a very unassuming and modest person, greatly respected for her winemaking philosophy, a good friend to many in the Percy Fox team and has been pivotal to the development of Blossom Hill."

Thorup died on September 5, aged 57, family, colleagues and friends have chosen to have a private celebration in memory of her life at a later date.

Donations to her memory can be sent to the RSPCA or Hollister Pet Friends and Rescue.