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The Best Nose: Gerry Casey 1928 - 2008

Posted by David Eley on 29-07-2008

g.casey_blogA Good Nose.Com was established in 2003. It is a name inspired by a distinguished and valued friend, Gerry Casey. As Berry Bros & Rudd's man in Bordeaux for nearly a quarter of a century, Gerry had an excellent ‘nose' in every sense. Wellingtonian in proportion and so finely tuned, it seemed he could identify a bad wine before its cork was lifted. Fifty years in the wine trade had honed his senses, sharpened his wits and evolved an invaluable capacity for simply knowing good wine. The launch of this new weblog and gastronomic portal owes a great deal to my dear friend, who tragically passed away in May this year, after a short untimely illness. His bravery at the end of a very complete life was exemplary. He faced the conclusion of his time on earth by sharing the same directness, pragmatism and humour with which he had lived... just ten minutes short of precisely four score years, a miniscule ‘shortcoming' of which he undoubtedly would have seen the funny side. Gerry Casey was a unique Englishman, an over-used adjective I know, but entirely apposite for a gentleman who knew ‘something about everything' and wanted to share it. He entertained and filled the lives of so many with incisive thought, commonsense and above all, love and conviction. When we lose someone this precious it is important to mark the loss, however inadequate the words.


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Posted by David Eley on 07-07-2008

As many of you will know, building a website can take over your life and for the last year or so, A Good Nose.Com has done just that. As a writer and artist I enjoy the idea of discovering new and original concepts within fine wine and gastronomy, through the construction of AGN I have met so many wonderful people, encountered so much that is new and have hardly known where to begin when choosing the first dynamic subjects to upload in time for our much postponed launch.

I hope visitors to A Good Nose.Com will understand it is something of a work in progress, and though many elements are complete, there is much more to be done. Therefore, I seek the indulgence of first time visitors and hope you will value and support our objectives in presenting innovative and exciting new chefs, winemakers and food producers alongside the well established Michelin stars, great chateaux and domains. Through the privileged access, creative prose and special images I hope you will find our pages entertaining and informative. I am not a critic and intend only to present those whose work I admire and respect, I hope you might recognize the inspirational qualities of those featured within our diaries and online features and communicate your own thoughts, criticisms and comments to the Nose Blog. In order to receive regular updates on brand new Micro-sites, diaries, features and paintings, do please register for our e-Newsletter ‘Picture Post'.


I believe what will be particularly interesting to wine lovers is the rapidly expanding Micro-site ‘The New Douro’ – for me this is a truly exciting wine adventure. The Douro valley in northern Portugal is a place unlike any other and the new classic table wines from this region provide an authentic vinous snapshot of great terroir and an amazing people, underpinned by a noble wine heritage. In addition, we plan to bring you new stories from modern gastronomy, including the youthful Ducasse protégé Cédric Béchade - pushing the boundaries of the French New wave in the Basque country, to the world’s most enigmatic chef Yoshiaki Takazawa in Tokyo, we will launch our Micro-site ‘Going Dutch’ in the autumn/winter and the modern Indian movement will follow soon after – it is a busy year ahead!

Finally, I must mention ‘The Wine Spy’ (please see navigation box on the right), this section of AGN will bring regular news and inside stories of wine discoveries from around the vinous world, sourced from local experts. This cumulative knowledge will, I hope, enlighten and inform readers, while placing great emphasis on value for money fine wines – our dedicated section launches online July 2008.


Thank you for visiting A Good Nose.Com


David S. Eley

St Jean de Luz, July 2008.


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