The American wine journalist and wine critic
Frank J. Prial (1930-2012) worked after graduating from Gerorgetown University first for various newspapers and then for the "Wall Street Journal" and from 1970 for the "New York Times". From 1972 appeared there his column "Wine Talk". From 1979 to 1984 he was a correspondent for his newspaper in Paris. After his return to the US, he continued the column. From 2001 his column "Decantations" with tasting notes appeared. His writing style or his access to wine descriptions was characterized by a clear language without complicated expressions. He said that you can enjoy cheap wines even if you do not oenologist
be. Many expensive wines with elaborate marketing and "beautiful labels" are not much better than their less expensive competitors (end quote). Prial also contributed to the Oxford Companion to Wine (published by Jancis Robinson
). In an obituary, he was honored as follows: For the baby boomer generation in particular Prial was probably the authoritative voice on wine in America
. The French government appointed him a member of the "Légion d'Honneur".