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Dallas Wine Guy Darryl Beeson Died Today

I just learned from Facebook that Darryl Beeson, former cellar master at the Mansion and other Dallas restaurants, passed away today. He was 54.  According to Savor Dallas co-founder Vicki-Briley White:

“We just received a phone call with the sad news that Darryl Beeson has passed away. We will update you as soon as Jim speaks with his cousin who left the message for us. Our prayers are with his family.

Followed by:

”Darryl had been in a minor car accident in University Park. The paramedics noticed that he was incoherent and took him to the hospital. He’s been in the hospital for several weeks. His liver and kidneys started failing him and he has been in and out of ICU during this time. The actual cause of death has not been determined.”

Darryl is survived by his two daughters. He was a great guy.

UPDATE: In 2001, Darryl, then cellar master at Voltaire, wrote a piece for D Magazine with a surprise ending. You can read his words here.

12 comments on “Dallas Wine Guy Darryl Beeson Died Today

  1. Dallas has lost another wonderful source and personality. Drat! Let us all lift a glass of the best wine in his honor.

    Thank you, Nancy, for sharing this very sad news with us.

  2. He was one of the people who improved the wine scene immeasurably in Dallas by teaching so many people so much that they demanded better wine.

  3. Very sad news. He had such a lively, mischievous spirit, always a lot of fun, and ever ready with a colorful tale or nifty piece of information to entertain and inform, no matter what the setting.

  4. I’m the girl who said “yes.”

    Please know that Vanessa and Allie — Darryl’s daughters with his first wife Roberta — will appreciate your kind words and remembrances of Darryl.

    Funny. Witty. Corny. Stubborn. Maddening. Romantic. Loved the hospitality biz.

  5. Thanks for sharing this article, Nancy. I remember how excited Darryl was when you and he were planning it. He was the ultimate romantic and will be missed.

  6. Patty,

    Bless you. What a wonderful man. The world is lessened. One of my favorite memories is sitting at a corner table with Darryl and Glenn Mitchell with warm wine reps surrounding us and snow falling outside. The reps were soaking us in samples in honor of your engagment.

  7. Jody reminded me this morning that Darryl helped make the French Room much less stuffier when she brought him aboard in the late 80′s to run the wine program. We both enjoyed working with thise Bon Vivant. Our prayers go out to Darryl’s family, God Bless.

  8. I am very saddened by the loss of a beautiful man . I met Darryl many years ago at the Mansion on Turtle Creek . I also had the great opportunity to spend time with him in Napa and Sonoma at the Sommelier Summitt for many years .My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones . He will be greatly missed .

  9. He will truely be missed here at El Centro. I really did enjoy working with him.

    Howard Finney
    Executive Dean Business and Public Service