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Loss of an Icon
Michael Broadbent, MW, died on March 17, 2020, at
age 92. Born in Yorkshire in 1927, Broadbent trained
as an architect. Then, after the interruption of national
service at the end of the Second World War, his career
took a turn into the London wine trade, when he landed
at Harvey's of Bristol. He went on to earn his Master
of Wine credential in 1960 and, later, to start the Wine
Department of Christie's in 1966.
His role at Christie's, and the books that he wrote
while there, would make Broadbent one of the most famous wine personalities in the world. He was
also one of the most decorated, appointed Chevalier of France's Ordre National du Mérite, chairman
of the Institute of Masters of Wine in 1970 and president of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust
(WSET), among many other titles he held over his life.
His legendary tasting ability was widely chronicled; last year saw the republishing of his iconic
Wine Tasting by the Académie du Vin Library, updated with anecdotes, memories and drawings-
Broadbent was a great draftsman and a great lover of music as well. He will be remembered
as a renaissance man, from a past world where high culture, courteousness and commercial
acumen could be mixed with great wit, the occasional salacious, off-the-cuff remark, outrageous
flirtatiousness and a wonderful sense of fun. He's survived by his children, Emma and Bartholomew
(who runs the wine-importing company Broadbent Selections in Richmond, Virginia) and Valerie
Smallwood, the widow of a fellow MW, Simon Smallwood, whom he married last year; his first wife,
Daphne, died in 2015. -Fiona Morrison, MW

NEWS
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JUNE 2020
Carlos Falcó, Marqués de Griñón, died on
March 20, 2020, after contracting covid-19.
Born in Seville of a noble family, he became
a central figure on the modern Spanish wine
scene for his work at Dominio de Valdepusa,
the family's wine estate in Castilla-La Mancha, as well as at El Rincón, an estate in the
DO Vinos de Madrid.
Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg,
California, has promoted Maggie Kruse to
winemaker and appointed Dana Grande,
who worked for Jordan from 1999 to 2012, as
grower relations manager. Devonna Smith,
formerly Chappellet Winery's chief financial
officer for seven years, has also joined the
team, under the same title.

Château Beauregard in Pomerol has
acquired the 27 acres of Château Petit-Villages, which had been owned by AXA Millésimes since 1989.
Larkmead Vineyards in
Napa Valley has announced
Jay James, MS, as its new
vice president and general
manager. Prior to joining
Larkmead, James had been
the director of sales for
Chappellet Winery since
2013.
John Ware has been named president of
Rocky Pond Estate Winery, founded in Washington's Columbia River Valley in 2013. Ware
comes to Rocky Pond from Quilceda Creek
Winery, also in Washington.
Phantom Creek Estates in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley has partnered with
winemaking consultant Philippe Melka, who
will work with winemaker Francis Hutt on the
winery's red wine program.
Canadian vintner-billionaire Anthony von
Mandl has purchased British Columbia's
Liquidity Wines for $12.5 million. It joins a
portfolio that includes BC wineries Mission
Hill, CedarCreek, CheckMate, Road 13 and
Martin's Lane.


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