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Philip Tuck MW dies in cycling accident

Philip Tuck MW, who co-founded and served as the director of wine for Hatch Mansfield, died in a cycling accident in France yesterday.

Image credit: Hatch Mansfield

Born in 1963, Tuck graduated from Sussex University and went straight into the wine trade, joining Avery’s of Bristol in 1986, where he remained for five years – “probably far too long”, in his words.

He would then spend time abroad working in wineries in the South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, California and Tuscany, a decision motivated by, in his words, “the drive to pass the MW exams”.

He would return to the UK shores in 1993 and help to establish the “New” Hatch Mansfield the following year alongside Mark Calver and Patrick McGrath MW.

In 1999 he did indeed pass his exams and became a Master of Wine. He would also later sit on the MW Council.

He was also an accomplished sportsman, being an active member of the Wine Trade Sports Club, and was noted as a keen cricketer and squash player.

A statement from Hatch Mansfield CEO McGrath issued yesterday evening read: “‘It is with great sadness that we report that Philip Tuck MW, wine director at Hatch Mansfield has passed away this morning. Philip was involved in a cycling accident abroad and suffered a major injury from which he did not recover. More details at this early stage are not known and we ask that his family’s privacy is respected at this time.”

A spokesperson for the Institute of Masters of Wine wrote: “Phil touched so many people’s lives both within the IMW and the wider world of wine. Since becoming an MW in 1999 Phil was actively involved in the IMW. Many will remember him from his regular attendance at study programme seminars, as the practical panel chair from 2014 – 2018 and as a member of Council.”

Tributes to Tuck from various leading figures in the wine industry have been also paid via social media:

Tuck is survived by his wife, Kate, and son, Felix.

*An earlier version of this article incorrectly gave Tuck’s age as 60, not 59.

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