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