Lifelong oenophile Col. Jack E. Daniels died peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on July 25th from natural causes at the age of 96. Born in Salt Lake City July 7, 1920 he attended East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from Stanford University in 1944. He joined the Air Force and served in World War II as a supply sergeant climbing the ranks and retiring as a full bird Colonel. It was during his service time that he acquired the nickname Hot Lips, and his sense of fun(!) and derring-do, not to mention his ready access to scarce items like stockings, wine and chocolate, led him through many escapades in postwar Europe with intellectuals and artists of the time.
After the war he worked for Nation Association of Manufacturers and as a fundraiser for Westminster College. He became increasingly involved in wine education, joining the Chaine des Rotisseurs and becoming President of the local chapter. He was the Director of the Society of Wine Educators and traversed the country with his wife teaching about and enjoying wine and food. He continued to write and publish articles about wine and food until his death.