Bob Palmer died Friday at age 74 of a blood infection.
He founded Palmer Vineyards in Aquebogue, Long Island, in 1983, and built it into one of the most prominent wine labels from that sector of New York State.
Palmer, a past president of the Long Island Wine Council, had an extensive career in marketing and public relations before and after getting into the wine business.
His wife said he changed his surname from the original Prignano for business reasons because it was hard to spell.
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