Our team is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Debby Zygielbaum. We had the pleasure of collaborating with Debby during her time at Robert Sinskey Vineyards. She was one of our first advocates, testers, and advisors. We formed a special bond with Debby spending long hours in the vineyards and on the roads talking everything from irrigation to sheep to family. She was blunt, hilarious, and insightful with a refined palette for wine and an unfiltered personality. One of the most truly authentic and wonderfully weird people we’ve ever met. She is dearly missed.
Below is an interview with Debby from the end of the 2017 growing season. We release it now in her memory. For Debby, Love Arable.
We sat down with Debby Zygielbaum, Dirt Farmer and Sheep Wrangler at Robert Sinskey Vineyards, after what can only be described as a biblical season that started in floods and ended in fire. RSV is certified organic and known for what they call their ‘whole farming’ practices, which include a signature herd of sheep and lambs, as well as beehives, orchards, and even some chanterelles. They have been practicing biodynamic farming for nearly three decades, but this was a season for the record books.