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Obituary: Bryan Buckingham
Thursday 18 July, 2019
It is with deepest sympathy the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino announce the death of member Bryan Buckingham, who has died aged 90. This obituary was kindly written by GOCV members Graham Hines and Jeremy Watson.
After serving in the RAF, Bryan became a journalist, eventually to have his own named column in the News of the World during its heyday. He moved to work with Smees, the advertising agency which had the Sherry Exporters as a customer, and later worked directly for Jerez, eventually starting on their behalf, “The Sherry Institute”.
From the mid 1960’s, Bryan became pivotal in promoting Sherry in the U.K. He instigated and executed some significant events, amongst them “The Sherry Motor Rally” based in and around Jerez, bringing the horses from the Spanish National Riding School in Jerez to the Royal International Horse Show at Wembley, as well as a special one-off show for H.M. The Queen at Windsor Great Park polo ground.
He also organised the Segovia Spanish Guitar competition held at Leeds Castle in Kent. At this last event, he met distinguished and internationally recognised pianist, Jennifer Partridge, who later became his wife.
In 1982, responsibility for Sherry promotion moved to the Spanish Embassy Commercial Office as ‘The Sherry Institute of Spain‘ where Bryan worked until retiring in 1989.
He continued to give generic Sherry talks and tastings all over Britain for wine societies and students studying for WSET qualifications up to his 80th birthday in 2008.
In June 1990, Bryan was awarded the ‘Encomienda del Merito Civil‘ (Commander of the Order of Civil Merit of Spain) for his work over 26 years promoting Sherry throughout the U.K. He was made a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino in 1998 to honour his contribution to the promotion of Sherry generically in the U.K. and will be sadly missed by those who knew him.
Bryan was very well known, liked and respected in the trade for his professionalism, unfailing courtesy and good humour.
35th Annual Investiture Dinner
Wednesday 6 March, 2019
The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino annual dinner event, held on Tuesday 5th March, welcomed members and their guests to honour two new Caballeros who were officially inducted into the order: Pierre Mansour and Paul Shinnie.
The ceremony was officiated by His Excellency, the Ambassador of Spain, Don Carlos Bastarreche Sagües, and the CEO of ICEX, María Peña Mateos.
Hosted at The Dorchester Hotel, guests dined on a menu inspired by Spain and prepared by chef Mario Perera, paired with — unsurprisingly — a superb selection of Spanish wines.
New 2019 Caballeros announced
Wednesday 6 March, 2019
The Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino is delighted to announce two new members have been elected in 2019; Pierre Mansour, head of buying, The Society; and Paul Shinnie, buyer, Alliance Wines.
Mansour is an industry veteran and is currently the head of buying for The Wine Society. He sources the Spanish wines and, during his tenure, sales of those wines have increased notably. As he has a close relationship with many top winemakers from Spain, he has special access to some of their best and most unusual wines.
Shinnie has extensive experience in importing and retail and he used to run wine import company Vinites UK. His focus there was on providing the UK market with top quality wines from Spain, especially ones from lesser known regions. He eventually sold it to Alliance Wine and joined their team as a buyer.
Following these two appointments the GOCV currently has 66 active members.