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Julian Brind Passes Away
Waitrose consultant Julian Brind MW has passed away, reports decanter.com. He was 68.
Brind, who died of a heart attack on Sunday 19 December, was an integral part of the Waitrose wine buying team from 1971 until 2010.
He became involved in the wine trade as a management trainee at Brown & Pank, part of Watney Mann Breweries, and moved into buying wine under the guidance of Don Lovell MW. He was awarded the Vintners' Scholarship in 1967.
He passed the Master of Wine exam in 1970, and joined Waitrose in 1971. He played an instrumental role in evolving the wine department for more than 30 years. He continued to work with Waitrose on a consultancy basis even after his retirement.
Waitrose wine buyer Pierpaolo Petrassi MW said, “He will be sadly missed by many both at Waitrose and in the wider drinks industry as an an inspirational figure for the trade, a dedicated colleague, a fearsomely competitive racquet sports player, a wonderful mentor and great personal friend to many.”
Another senior buyer, Nick Room, paid tribute to Brind's “masterly direction” of the Waitrose wine department while “stoutly upholding the John Lewis Partnership's principles of integrity and fair play”.
In a statement Waitrose said, “Julian was a true gentleman and his incredible knowledge of wine combined with superb retail acumen made him a charismatic figure who was respected throughout the industry.”
He is survived by his wife Charlotte, four children and many grandchildren.