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.