Hugel, Alsatian wine giant, dead at 84

 From SFGate.com

Jean Hugel, a leading force in resurrecting the Alsatian wine trade after the devastation of World War II and the longtime head of one of the best-known and oldest producers in Alsace, died Tuesday in Ribeauville, Alsace, France. He was 84.

The cause was cancer, his nephew Etienne Hugel said.

For people who began drinking wine in the 1970s and '80s, discovering the wines of Alsace, in their slender, fluted bottles, was no small pleasure. Thanks to Mr. Hugel's efforts to introduce his wines to the rest of the world, many of those bottles bore the name Hugel & Fils.

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