His name was Douglas Warren Galloway (Doug for short), a farmer's son who wanted to be a veterinarian but at the tender age of 25 found himself running the family farm near Dannevirke
Well, that was his day job.
The others were in his spare time when crammed his inquiring mind with as much knowledge as it was possible to learn about just about anything -- especially music, literature, philosophy -- as well as beer, at first, then wine.
In the case of his favourite libations (he also had a taste for square gin) the knowledge he accumulated was put to the test when one of his farmer friends made some home brew.
"Ït was bloody awful,"said Doug and he proved the point by making some of his own, which, like the wines he also made, he showed with some success at amatuer beer and wine shows in the Manawatu..
He also wrote a very readable wine column for various local publications and was widely respected for his views and reviews, particularly by winemakers in the Hawke's Bay.
He will be missed.