Barry Brown, my cherished friend and founder and long-time president of the Spanish Wine Society in Toronto, was formally awarded the Officer’s Cross Order of Civil Merit of Spain at a small celebration in the city’s Mideastro Restaurant. The Consul-General of Spain, Francisco Pascual de la Parte, presented Barry with a certificate from the King of Spain and the regalia of his office. Barry is also entitled to the use of a coat of arms.
This recognition of Barry’s love of Spanish wine, art, culture and most of all the Spanish people proves that sometimes nice guys don’t finish last! The photo of Barry was taken by Tony Aspler, Canada’s most widely read wine writer.