RIP Diane Teitelbaum

Memorial services announced for Dallas wine pioneer Diane Teitelbaum

Memorial services announced for Dallas wine pioneer Diane Teitelbaum

Memorial services will be held on December 15 for Dallas wine professional Diane Teitelbaum, who died December 7 after a brief illness; she was 68.

Teitelbaum was a major figure in the hospitality industry, serving as a writer, educator and consultant to restaurants and airlines, including American Airlines, where she selected wines for in-flight consumption.

She was a columnist for the Dallas Times Herald and the Wine Spectator, wrote the "wine of the week" column for the Dallas Morning News, and was a contributor to Jancis Robinson's The Oxford Companion to Wine. Recognized for her discriminating palate, she was a frequent judge at international wine events such as the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

She became immersed in wine in the '70s while working for The Grape, then ran her own wine store called The Winery.

A founding member of the Dallas chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international organization of female professionals in the food and beverage industry, Teitelbaum was cherished for her pioneering role as a woman in a male-dominated industry and for her quiet fearlessness.

Les Dames will host her "celebration of life" on Monday, December 15, from noon-4 pm. The service will take place at 3015 at Trinity Groves, 3015 Gulden Ln. For information, call 214-939-3015.

Diane Teitelbaum
Diane Teitelbaum, 1946-2014. Courtesy photo