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Spanish Winemaker Drowns in Vat of Well-Loved Red

An incredibly sad story.

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Nerea Pérez, a 25-year-old winemaker from the Spanish village of Salas de los Barrios, perished earlier this week in a pool of her own red wineAccording to Info Bierzo, Pérez was monitoring the fermentation process when she became overwhelmed by the fumes and toppled over into an enormous vat of wine.

Though emergency medics were called to the warehouse in Spain, Pérez could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead on the scene. Her uncle Raul Perez — who is described by the Daily Mail as a well-known wine maker — found her body in the vat.

The small town is overcome with grief. Local news media confirm that tributes have been paid to the family of Miss Pérez in and around the Northwestern town of Ponferrada, El Bierzo. As Gawker noted, the New York Times' wine critic Eric Asimov is a fan of wines from this region.

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