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By Jeff Pack

Drake inducted into winegrowers association Hall of Fame


Last updated 5/16/2019 at 5:02pm

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association photo

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association President Phil Baily, right, stands with the family of Ben R. Drake who was inducted into the TVWA Hall of Fame during the 36th annual Grape Day conference, April 18.

When Ben R. Drake lost his battle with cancer in November 2018, the loss greatly impacted his family, friends and colleagues near and far.

In Temecula Wine Country, his death left a giant hole that many in the grape growing and winemaking industry said will never be completely filled.

Drake was president of Drake Enterprises Inc., which he owned and operated for more than 37 years, and managed hundreds of groves and vineyards in the Temecula Valley and beyond.

He spent decades serving on boards and commissions both locally and statewide that provided him the opportunity to have an impact...

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