We're looking forward to once again hosting the annual NSPCC's City Fine Wine Challenge this evening at the Royal Institute for British Architects on Portland Place. Alongside the interesting selection of wines we have chosen for the blind tasting, we are pleased to present the City Fine Wine Trophy dedicated to Patrick Sandeman who we sadly lost at the end of last year.
On Thursday 4th October, a Thanksgiving Mass was held for Patrick Sandeman at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. The last seat in this huge church was taken twenty minutes before the service began, a testament to the wide regard and affection in which Patrick was held.
Following the tragic death of Patrick Sandeman, his wife Katie, who has always been an integral part of the Lea & Sandeman, has been appointed a director of the Company. I am absolutely delighted that Katie has accepted to become my co-director. Katie joined Lea & Sandeman at the very start.
"As news filtered through of his tragic accident earlier this week, I called some of my old colleagues. As one said: "We already had in us a love of wine, but he showed us that it is possible to be successful, while treating everyone correctly, having fun and refusing to chase short-term success at the expense of one's beliefs and principles.
Our thanks to Tim Atkin who has published a lovely appreciation of Patrick on his blog - Patrick Sandeman: a life well lived .
Patrick Sandeman Many of you have heard of the terrible news from the weekend. Many have written and emailed and we and Patrick’s family are grateful for it. For those who have not yet heard, it is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Patrick Sandeman died in a skydiving accident on Saturday.