The Englishman Michael Broadbent (1927-2020) was one of the most famous wine tasters and wine authors in the world. In 1948 he began to study architecture, but he finished it and started working for the wine merchant Tommy Layton in 1952 as an apprentice in the wine trade. In 1955 he joined the company Harvey's one where the famous wine specialist Harry Waugh (1904-2001) was his teacher. Here he made it to the sales director for Great Britain. In 1966 Broadbent moved to the auction house Christie's in London and became director of the wine department. Here he was and still is for countless people Auctions responsible.
In 1970 he became chair of the "Institute of Masters of Wine", the title Master of Wine he already won in 1960. He was also an honorary member of the "Académie du Vin de Bordeaux". In 1984 he received the "Grand Prix de l'Académie Internationale du Vin". His famous wine book "Check, know and enjoy wines" (Wine Tasting 1960) is an international classic and long-seller and has already had over 40 editions in ten languages. For the British magazine Decanter he wrote monthly articles. From 1986 he was president of the International Wine & Food Society and since 1991 chairman of the board of the "Wine & Spirit Trades Benevolent Society".
Broadbent tasted over 70,000 wines and meticulously recorded them in over 110 notebooks. In it, he not only recorded wine notes, but also the occasion, the people present, the food and also visual and atmospheric impressions. These notes are a remarkable historical document describing great wines from around the world dating back to the early 18th century. In 2004 the German edition of the summary book "50 Years of Tasting the World's Finest Wines" was published .
He almost never swallowed at the tastings. According to himself, he was with Wine enjoyment very moderate and very rarely drunk. He said: “For me, every tasting is a revelation. It's actually the wine that talks. I just do the translation. I see myself as a chronicler and communicator, not as Wine critic " . In the area of Wine rating and when asked "which wine goes with which food" Michael Broadbent has achieved a true mastery (see also under Wine with food ). However, it is not rated using one of the common point systems, but in the form of one to five stars.