Very sad to learn today about the death of David Booth. A British expat, he turned to wine after a successful army career, and became a well known viticultural consultant in Portugal. His client list included Terras de Alter, Azamor, Vida Nova and Vale de Algares, and he also had his own project, Alentejo winery Fita Preta, which was a collaboration with winemaker António Maçanita.
I didn’t know David all that well, but whenever I spoke with him he was engaging and charming. His Fita Preta wines impressed, as did the lower priced second label ‘Sexy’. And he featured heavily in the ripeness chapter in Authentic Wine, explaining clearly the sorts of viticultural interventions that could help achieve full ripeness at sane alcohol levels.
David was just 47, and died of a heart attack. This is the only picture I have of him, which I took at the 2007 International Wine Challenge awards dinner.