Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Monday, 26 March 2012

John Avery MW: 27th December 1941 – 23rd March 2012

John Avery MW at the André Simon Awards on 15th March 2012
Befittingly with glass in hand as I'm sure he would wish to be remembered 

Very sorry to hear that John Avery MW died in his sleep on Friday 23rd May following a heart attack on Wednesday 21st March. I had heard of the attack but it was not until this morning that I was aware he had died on Friday. John was one of the last of the grand old personalities of the old UK wine trade – not that he confined his interest and enthusiasm to the classic areas. He was a pioneer in many regions outside Europe. 

I last saw John on the evening of 15th March at the André Simon Memorial Awards at the Goring Hotel in London. He appeared to be in fine form and full of his customary good humour as these two photos show. My condolences to his family.    

An obituary and appreciation of John Avery MW by Jancis Robinson MW is here

John Avery MW at the André Simon Awards on 15th March 2012


John@the Decanter Wine Awards Regional Chairs' lunch: April 2009 

He was the Regional Chair for South Africa


Patrick Farrell, MW said...

Thank you for the photos. John was a good friend who will be dearly missed. Your photos captured his wonderful smile and warm essence. Seeing the photos brought a smile to face.
Patrick Farrell, MW

Jim's Loire said...

Many thanks Patrick. Jim