Bob Cabral of Healdsburg’s Williams-Selyem hailed as world’s best winemaker...

When Bob Cabral, winemaker extraordinaire at Healdsburg’s Williams-Selyem Winery, learned he was the winemaker of the year – for the world – he confesses near shock while experiencing emotions that ranged from exhilaration to regret.

The regret was that his father and mentor, the late Robert Cabral, a farmer and agricultural leader in the San Joaquin Valley, wasn’t alive to share the glory of the global honor bestowed by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Cabral was selected the winemaker of the year from a list of nominees that included winemakers from premier wine regions throughout the world. Not bad for a farm boy from Escalon who grew up watching his grandfather make jug wine in the barn.

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