Community advocate, winemaker and Lompoc resident Steve Arrowood, of Montemar Wines, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, according to an announcement by the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance.
He was 60.
The Wine Alliance posted on social media that Arrowood's energy, commitment and zest for life would be missed.
Arrowood quietly fought cancer for several years without the knowledge of many of his friends and fans, preferring to instead focus on what he loved most.
"He loved Family, the Grateful Dead, music, life, wine, and our community," the Wine Alliance wrote. "He had the most positive attitude and energy even though he was battling a fight that most of us were not aware of. That is how he wanted it, that is how he lived it. Our hearts go out to his family."
Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News.
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