Brett, the Wine Maestro
Brett, the Wine Maestro spent over forty years learning about, working with, teaching others about, and – naturally – enjoying wine. His initial interest was kindled during training at the Swiss Hotel School in Lausanne in the 1960s. He soon learned that, as good as Swiss wines are, there was a whole wide world of wine to be discovered – and enjoyed.
Webber’s Wine Bar
After further experience in a number of top European hotels, where he was able continue his studies as well as having the opportunity to taste and learn more about wine, Brett opened his wine bar and bistro in Billericay, Essex. This was in 1976 and the British love of wine was in its infancy.
Customers and friends needed help and guidance in discovering more about wine and learning about the different countries and regions that produced it: Brett was more than happy to share his knowledge and was constantly extending his own research through visits to wine producing regions.
He organised regular wine tastings, both in the wine bar and at customer venues, in addition to offering an award-winning wine list. The growing interest prompted the formation of the wine club which ran for fifteen years.
In 2001 Brett joined the Association of Wine Educators, a UK group of independent, professional wine educators and teachers, as well as becoming a recommended tutor for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. He was also a member of the Circle of Wine Writers.
In 2002, after 26 years, he sold his wine bar to concentrate on lecturing, running wine tastings and organising the wine club.
Brett’s enthusiasm for wine was boundless and he was keen to demonstrate the extensive range of wines from across the world. The ever-increasing choice accentuated the need for help both in learning the basics of wine enjoyment and discovering hidden gems that only the experienced seem able to unearth.
Travel and research
As well as visiting most of the wine areas in Europe, Brett carried out thorough personal research among the newer producers: Australia, California, Ontario, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. His ‘special’ areas were the Rhône (both north and south), the Loire, Portugal, Northern Spain, Tuscany, California, New Zealand and Australia.
Brett enjoyed wine and took delight in sharing his enthusiasm.
For any further information, please contact Brett’s partner Wink Lorch.