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Living - October 5, 2007

Of note

Sam Abbott's friends held a memorial "salute" for him Sept. 15, including (l-r) Mac McCuskey, Hal Strunk, John Goerl, Nate Greene, Herb Johnson, Lee Halverson and Vern Neller. Proceedings were directed by VFW Commander Tony Carnemolla and Chaplain Hugh Keith. Speakers included Karen Stepper, David Miller, Tom Hawkins, Nate Greene (a fellow aircraft engineer) and his son Doug.

They said Abbott, 85, was a light-hearted part of the coffee group, always ready with a joke that was tongue in cheek, plus always ready with an opinion about Danville. He was a stalwart worker on the Veterans Memorial Building Development Committee of San Ramon Valley and loved to tell war stories, including to students in the Exchange Club History Club. More than 100 people attended the memorial.

After years of planning and development, Damian Rae Winery in St. Helena has officially been launched by Danville residents Sharol and John Tarabini. Damian Rae wines are handcrafted and available in limited quantities.

"We source fruit from California's top vineyards and then put it in the hands of talented professionals who nurture the grapes and patiently coax out their fullest potential," said John Tarabini, president.

The Tarabinis, veterans of the corporate world, say they have married the best practices of their business experiences with an uncompromising passion for quality winemaking.

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