Jonathan Waters, wine director of Chez Panisse, dies after a bicycle accident
A beacon of the Bay Area’s wine and restaurant industry, Jonathan Waters died Saturday, May 28, at the age of 60, following a bicycle accident. He was the wine director of the famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley for more than 30 years, influencing the rise in popularity of Californian and natural wine.
A van hit Waters as he was cycling home on Friday evening. He died of his injuries the following morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland, sending shockwaves through the Bay Area food and wine world.