BATW’s Suzie Rodriguez’s April article “A Tribute to Victor (VJB)” in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat was sparked by VJB, the new Kenwood winery, which hosted the BATW board of directors during their recent retreat.
Here’s the compelling lead:
“When two generations of the Belmonte family open the Tuscan-style VJB tasting room in Kenwood this month, it will be with joy tinged by sadness. The endeavor, years in the planning, is a tribute to son and brother Victor Belmonte, who died of an embolism in 2000 at age 34.
“The story behind the Belmonte family, the VJB wine label and the new tasting room is also a tribute to the cherished immigrant dream of finding success in America.”