WELCOME TO THE WEBLOG OF A GOOD NOSE.COM
Posted by David Eley on 29-07-2008
A 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.
Posted on 11-07-2009
So sorry to hear about Gerry Casey. A most entertaining man - with that glint in his eye and a great sense of humour! I remember vividly the day we had lunch with him in Pauillac in (?)1998. Very enjoyable, very amusing, very generous. P.