As tributes continue from across the wine trade, the Chilean wine industry bows its head to honour one its greatest ambassadors, the highly admired and respected Michael Cox, European head of Wines of Chile who sadly passed away on Thursday from bile duct cancer.
Michael Cox, born in 1951, spent his entire career working with wine. Starting in wine wholesalers then negotiants, he soon became a highly respected and much admired member of the UK wine trade. During the last 10 years he has focused on building the image of Chilean wines in the UK as the European head of Wines of Chile. His achievements with this led to him receiving the honour of Commander of the Order of Merit of Chile (Comendador de la Orden al Merito de Chile) from the Chilean President Sebastian Piñera in 2010. This is the highest honour given to non-Chileans for their honourable contribution to the benefit of Chile. Furthermore, in 2013, he received a lifetime achievement award from Wines of Chile.
I first met Michael in 2011. Warm and witty, and a true gentleman, his experience and knowledge of the wine trade made him a real master to learn from.
A former trustee of the Wines & Sprits Educational Trust (WSET), Michael was extremely dedicated and a real inspiration. Despite undergoing chemotherapy, during the last year, he continued his role with Wines of Chile and completed his year as Master of the Vitners´Company. With his great sense of humour and apparent love for dancing, he will be warmly remembered by the entire wine industry.
He died peacefully at home with his wife Lynne, and close family including his twin brother David by his side.
Jane Nisbet Huseby, Chief Editor, Wine Source Chile
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