A delightful companion. Generous with his wines, but also with his thoughts and opinions. I learned much from him, sometimes on an inebriated train journey after a good lunch or dinner, and wish I had had the time to enjoy more meals with him. So delightful was his company that I once forgot to leave the train at my station in Yorkshire, as he was travelling home to Newcastle. A real loss to our band of North country wine lovers. We will raise several glasses to him at our next lunch on 28th October.