Death of Julian Brind shocks the wine trade

07 January, 2011

The trade is mourning the sudden death of Julian Brind MW, who played a pivotal role in shaping the Waitrose wine department from 1971 onwards.

Brind earned the respect and friendship of countless people in the trade with his combination of knowledge, good humour and gentlemanly manner.

Despite retiring from his full-time role at Waitrose, he was acting as consultant to the retailer until his death on December 19, apparently from a heart attack.

In 1967 he won both a Bourse de Voyage Scholarship and the Vintners’ Scholarship. He passed his Master of Wine exam three years later.

He was vice-chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and chairman in 1993. He was also chairman of the Institute’s examining panel for many years and president of the Wine & Spirit Association in 2002.

He was also the recipient of an OLN lifetime achievement award.




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