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Last Port of call for popular trade figure Tim Stanley-Clarke

Published:  26 June, 2017

The Harpers team joins many in the trade in expressing our sadness at news of the passing of Tim Stanley-Clarke, a much liked figure best known as a highly knowledgeable champion of Port, whose face was a long familiar and respected presence on the British wine scene.

Tim had a long career, always with an eye on the finer end of the wine market, spending the last 30 years with John E Fells where he consulted and was the public face of the Symington Family Estates Port portfolio, including Dow’s, Graham’s and Warre’s, along with the later addition of Blandey’s Madeira.

Tim had also been responsible for the agency business of Burgundy negociant Bouchard Pere et Fils and William Fevre from Chablis, and was instrumental in launching Sir Cliff Richard’s Vida Nova from the Algarve in southern Portugal.

In addition to those responsibilities, he was an avid educator and frequent judge of fortified wines in leading competitions, sought after for his expertise and enthusiasm.

Whether presiding over an impromptu white tablecloth picnic washed down with vintage Port on Eurostar, digging into a shared Poulet de Bresse over a glass or three of Burgundy, or relating a wry anecdote at the Fell’s stand at many a trade show, Tim was a both a gentleman and generous-hearted stalwart of the UK wine trade and will be much missed.