Tim Patterson, a long-time Berkeley resident who carved out a second career for himself as a home wine maker and wine writer when he was in his 40s, died May 17 of brain cancer. He was 68.
Patterson was a familiar sight in front of his garage on Derby Street, where he often could be seen crushing or pressing grapes or transferring wine between carboys and oak barrels. The garage was headquarters for Subterranean Cellars, the name Patterson gave to his wine-making efforts.
While the name of his operation was light-hearted, he achieved real success, winning numerous first place awards in state and regional wine competitions.
Patterson was also the author of numerous books on wine and wineries and wrote for many national magazines. Berkeleyside wrote about Patterson in November 2012.
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