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July 7, 1961 - December 21, 2015 Chris Bradford, 54, passed away in Los Angeles after a 4-year fight with ampullary cancer. Chris grew up in Claremont, and attended Foothill Country Day School and Webb School ('79). Chris graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1983 with a degree in history and minors in philosophy and political science. Chris started his career in residential real estate development. After 10 years in real estate, Chris, took a wine class at Irvine Valley College that would change the course of his life. In 1995, Chris started his career in the wine industry; he worked in distribution, retail sales and at the winery level. In 2002, he became a wine captain at The Sardine Factory in Monterey while it still had a Wine Spectator Grand Award wine list. He went on to become a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers in London, and served as a wine director and sommelier at several restaurants including Bouchee and L'Auberge Carmel (Carmel), Cetrella (Half Moon Bay) Crustacean (Beverly Hills) and An Qi (Newport Beach). At the time of his death, Chris was the wine director at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and sommelier at Culina, which was awarded a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence under his direction of the wine programs. Chris is survived by his wife Carol, his mother Amber Bradford of Claremont, brothers Clint Bradford and Steven Clete Bradford, his mother-in-law Jackie Stickels of Claremont, various nieces and nephews, and his beloved Great Pyrenees Edie and Ray. A memorial service is planned for February 2016. Donations in Chris' memory can be made to his favorite organization, the Monterey Jazz Festival for the Youth Jazz Education programs, www.montereyjazzfestival.org, PO Box JAZZ, Monterey, CA 93942. Chris was a long time supporter of the festival, served as a MJF jazz ambassador for the Los Angeles area, and attended the festival for over 25 years.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 28, 2015 to Jan. 2, 2016
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