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D. Michael 'Mike' Tilch; Ran Family Wine Shop

Mike Tilch, at Silesia Liquors in 2005, ran the store with his brother, Ray. Their Fort Washington shop had a reputation for stocking hard-to-find wines.
Mike Tilch, at Silesia Liquors in 2005, ran the store with his brother, Ray. Their Fort Washington shop had a reputation for stocking hard-to-find wines. (By Robert A. Reeder -- The Washington Post)

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

David Michael "Mike" Tilch, 57, who co-owned and operated Silesia Liquors, his family's longtime business in Fort Washington that became known for rare and specialty wines, died Sept. 5 at George Washington University Hospital. He had a form of cardiovascular disease.

Mr. Tilch and his brother, Ray, took over the business in 1975. He was often quoted in the press when reporters went in search of fine wines as well as bargains on quality wine.

He told one interviewer of the Napa Valley cabernet sauvignons from the 1970s that he kept stored: "I buy wines and raise them from pups."

He was born in Washington and raised in Fort Washington. He was a 1967 graduate of Oxon Hill High School.

He was a member of the International Food and Wine Society and Les Cent Chevaliers du Vin, a wine-tasting organization. He also was a season ticket holder for the Washington Concert Opera and Washington National Opera.

He was a former chairman of the Prince George's County library board and had a major role in building a branch in Accokeek.

He lived in Washington and Fort Washington and traveled worldwide for his business.

Survivors include his mother, Frances C. Tilch, and his brother, Ray Tilch, both of Fort Washington.

-- Adam Bernstein


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