Johnnie Patrick MW
Became an MW 1965, died 13 November 2023
It is with sadness that we share that Johnnie Patrick MW passed away on Monday 13 November aged 94.
Johnnie passed the Master of Wine exam in 1965 and served 58 years as a member. Johnnie spent 42 years of his career with IDV (International Distillers & Vintners) and was first responsible for wine and spirit producing companies in the UK and Europe before becoming the Assistant Director with responsibilities for overseas companies in the North American, African and Australasian continents. Johnnie had an extensive knowledge of Bordeaux wines, and a particular fondness for Chateau Loudenne (Haut Medoc) which he visited more than a hundred times.
Johnnie was an active member of the Institute and served as Chair of the Institute in 1991.
He was also a Director of the WSET between 1997 and 2002 and was delighted to appoint Ian Harris as CEO in 2002.
Johnnie was a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers and a life-long J&B Rare Scotch whisky drinker.
Johnnie was a true gentleman and inspired huge loyalty in those who worked with him. It was very fitting that Paul Brandon gave the eulogy at Johnnie’s funeral. Paul, now a Deacon, worked for Johnnie in the 1980’s when he was the local MD in Kenya for IDV.
Above all, Johnnie was a family man, and he ranked his sixty-eight-year marriage to his wonderful wife, Jennie, as his greatest achievement. She pre-deceased him by only two months. They leave behind three children, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.