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Frank Woods dies at 81; helped make Sonoma County a winemaking center

Frank Woods, whose Clos du Bois vineyard helped to establish Sonoma County as a center for world-class winemaking, has died. He was 81.

He collapsed and died May 8 of unknown causes at a gym near his San Francisco home, according to his daughter, Alexis Woods.

A former Procter & Gamble Co. advertising and marketing employee who went on to help introduce the Shell No-Pest Strip insect repellent and other products, Woods co-founded Clos du Bois to make wine of the caliber he had fallen in love with on trips to France.

More a marketer than a winemaker, Woods set out in the early 1970s to emulate the success of Robert Mondavi, whose Napa Valley winery helped establish...

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