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Well-known Central Coast winemaker dies

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Dr. Stanley Hoffman, a man described as a Central Coast winemaking pioneer, passed away Wednesday morning. He was 96.

Dr. Hoffman was a cardiologist by trade before and after his foray into winemaking. He planted Paso Robles-area vineyards in the 1960s and won accolades for his Pinot Noir in the 1970s.

He's credited with putting Paso Robles wines on the map. Wine Spectator praised his Hoffman Mountain Ranch 1976 Pinot Noir and called him the godfather of the modern Central Coast wine industry.

"Stan was a pioneer, not just for the Paso Robles area for Pinot Noir and some of the other French varietals, but was a stimulus for the whole Central Coast," said friend Marc Goldberg, owner of Windward Vineyard.

The Hoffman family tells KSBY, "He lived a long and fruitful life."

Details on funeral services are still pending but Goldberg says there will be a public ceremony celebrating Hoffman's life later in June.

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