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Monday, August 20, 2007

Toad and Badger together again

Todd "Dr. Toad" Williams, the proprietor of Toad Hollow Winery, died last Tuesday. He was 69.

A former bartender, restaurateur and saloon keeper from Versailles, Kentucky, Williams founded Toad Hollow in 1993 with Rodney Strong, who had just sold his winery. Strong, a former Broadway hoofer whose nickname was "The Dancing Badger," died in March of 2006 at 78 years of age.

Together, Williams and Strong built Toad Hollow from a 3,000 to 100,000 cases per year business in a little over a decade, and earned a loyal following of fans of their unoaked Chardonnay. The brand also includes several other whimsical labels, including Cacophony, Eye of the Toad, Askew, Risqué and Le Faux Frog.

Williams is survived by his brother Robin Williams, the actor and comedian; another brother, McLaurin Smith; eight nieces and nephews; and his wines.
M. Zane Grey, 8:33 AM