Some sad news has hit the Long Island wine community today in the form of a report that Christian Wolffer, entrepreneur and founder/owner of Wolffer Estate has died in a boating accident in Brazil.

I haven't heard any details beyond that yet, but this is obviously a terribly sad day for the Long Island wine community. As Charles Massoud, co-owner of Paumanok Vineyards (who emailed me about Wolffer's passing) said "Christian was one of our early wave wine producers who has committed himself to quality and excellence. And I think he has

accomplished what he set out to do, with Roman's and Richie's help. He will be missed."

As more information becomes available, I'll pass it along. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Wolffer family.

Update: Jared over at Vine Views found some local news coverage in Portuguese and here is a (very) rough translation into English via Google