New Home for Brett’s Posts
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by Wink Lorch
1M ago
This is Wink, Brett’s partner. It’s now more than four years since Brett died, but I still believe it’s good for the world to keep his entertaining blog posts and wonderful photographs. So, I’ve moved Brett’s content onto this more inexpensive WordPress site. You should find most of his posts below and there is a search box in the header. The photo quality and layout are not always as good as before, and I have not been through all the links, so some will be outdated. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy what is here. You can read about Brett’s career and life in wine here. The photo below was taken ..read more
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Brett’s Funeral and Celebration plus Donations In His Memory
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by Wink Lorch
1M ago
Brett’s funeral will be on Friday 25th May at 12 noon at St. Marylebone Crematorium in Finchley, North London. All friends are welcome. There will be a celebration of his life afterwards where food will be served and wine will flow. In order to help with catering arrangements, please contact Wink Lorch for more details and to confirm attendance. In lieu of flowers, we request donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, London, where Brett spent the last weeks of his life and who looked after him so well. Please donate through the on-line Just Giving page linked to above. Thank you for the ou ..read more
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The Last Cheers
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by Wink Lorch
1M ago
Rather too soon after the last post, Wink is sad to report that Brett died this morning, Monday 30th April 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, London. He was 73. Wink, his children and his sister were by his side. For funeral details in due course, please contact Wink directly. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, please donate to St. Joseph’s Hospice, who cared for him so very well for the last couple of months of his life. Wink asks you to share a good wine in his honour ..read more
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From the Wine Maestro Bedside
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by Wink Lorch
1M ago
These past few months have provided a rather unpleasant rollercoaster ride both for me and for Wink and all my family. As we seem to have reached the end of the road, I have asked Wink to write this blog post to bring you, my loyal readers, up to date. The chemotherapy treatment, which I mentioned in my New Year post, was too much for me and the pains associated with my metastatic (advanced) prostate cancer continued to worsen. Finally, in the second week of February I was admitted into Lourdes Ward at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, not too far from home, for them to help manage the pain. I ..read more
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Victoria Park Market
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by Wink Lorch
1M ago
It was Sunday, sunny and we were hungry. Having missed visiting the Victoria Park Market over the last few weekends, I was envious of Wink’s weekly foray a couple of miles north of us but always excited as she returned with a selection of delicious foods. As we unloaded the bags I was reminded of unpacking Santa Claus’ stocking early, too early, on Christmas morning. Having taken some prophylactic painkillers, and a pillow to make the raked car seat more comfortable, we drove ten minutes to park near the entrance to the handsome Victoria Park, crossed the Grand Union canal to reach the ma ..read more
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A Personal Update
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by Wink Lorch
1M ago
Some of you may remember that nearly eight years ago on 18th September 2009, I spent an hour on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square where I was one of the 2,400 individuals who participated in Antony Gormley’s splendid One and Other Project. Resplendent in gold pants and gold cape I was able to talk about two things close to my heart: raising awareness of prostate cancer and the enjoyment of wine. Everyone knows of my love of wine but not everyone knows that in 2005 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, discovered by taking regular PSA blood tests.  I was given a 2-month radiotherapy c ..read more
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Kickstarting Wines of the French Alps Book
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by Wink Lorch
1M ago
The last few months I have been very busy concentrating on research and photography for Wink’s new book, her second about the wine regions that are near to where we live part-time in France. Following the success of her award winning book, Jura Wine, Wink will continue in the same thorough vein to explore not only the main French Alps region of Savoie but the other neighbouring regions of Bugey, Isère, Die and the Hautes-Alpes. The wines from these regions have become more delicious as the years pass and are truly wines for today – light, flavourful and often from refreshingly obscure grapes ..read more
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Resolutions for 2017
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by Wink Lorch
1M ago
Looking back to this time last year I see that I have managed to keep some of my new year resolutions. As they were quite broad and not overly optimistic, it made the task easier. Although 2016 turned out to be a year of unpleasant surprises, upsets and many disappointments it wasn’t all bad. So with a backward glance here are my resolutions for 2017, in no particular order of importance. Be happy Aspire to great heights Enjoy great heights Relax at great heights Chill at great heights Keep taking the tablets Relish the caresses Love without measure Grow a beard? Love wine Embrace wine Enjo ..read more
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Lake Festival in the Aravis
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by Wink Lorch
1M ago
Le Lac de la Cour, Chinaillon In the meadows above us in Chinaillon there are a couple of man-made lakes which store the water which is used, in the winter, to make artificial snow. However in the summer one of the lakes is put to good use for recreation, fishing and sailing. And for La Fête du Lac – a Lake Festival in the Aravis. Although you can walk up to the lake it is fun to take the chair lift. Keen mountain bikers take their bicycles with them on the chair lift and use the special bike tracks. As with skiing there is a blue run and the gentler green track – however watch out for cows! T ..read more
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Brett’s Funeral and Celebration plus Donations In His Memory
Brett, the Wine Maestro
by brett
2y ago
Brett’s funeral will be on Friday 25th May at 12 noon at St. Marylebone Crematorium in Finchley, North London. All friends are welcome. There will be a celebration of his life afterwards where food will be served and wine will … The post Brett’s Funeral and Celebration plus Donations In His Memory appeared first on Brett, the Wine Maestro ..read more
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