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Napa Chronicler Passes

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On one of his many visits to his second home in Prague, Pierce Carson paused by a popular tourist spot to which hundreds of locks have been attached. On one of his many visits to his second home in Prague, Pierce Carson paused by a popular tourist spot to which hundreds of locks have been attached. Photo: Pavel Mincak

By Dan Clarke

L. Pierce Carson succumbed to cancer early Saturday at age 76.

When I began writing about wine in 1985 Pierce was already well-established. He had been working for the Napa Register about eight years by then. He would have marked his 50-year anniversary with the paper in two weeks.

Pierce seemed to be at every noteworthy wine gathering in the Napa Valley. He was there for the less significant events also. As a reporter for the city of Napa’s daily paper, he had a broader knowledge of the Valley than most of the rest of us writing about its burgeoning wine business. Pierce carried himself with that low-key confidence typical of people who knew they were competent and didn’t need to convince others of the fact.

We didn’t know each other well, but I respected him and liked him. Reading the many tributes in his obituary in the Napa Register, I wish I’d known him better.

 

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