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Ray Cyril

The English journalist and wine writer Cyril Ray (1908-1991) was a war reporter during World War II and became famous for his extraordinarily witty and precise style, his art of formulation and his accuracy down to the last detail. His great passions were first military history and later (as a passionate beer drinker only in theory) wine. His interest in wine was awakened for the first time during the Italian campaign and he then deepened his knowledge of it in later UNESCO commissions in Italy, Greece and Africa. He became wine correspondent among others for the magazines and newspapers Director, Oberver, Punch and Wine Spectator,

His numerous wine articles motivated many people to enjoy wine and led to increased wine sales figures. Cyril Ray founded the British "Circle of Wine Writers" and was also the first president of this association. In 1956 the first volume of "The Compleat Imbiber" came out, a 16-volume work with stories, commentaries and verses, which is considered his most important contribution to wine literature. Other books worth mentioning are "The Wines of Italy", "Wine with Food", "Cognac" and "Vintage Tales". His absolute specialty were historical studies of famous wineries, for example Bollinger. Château Lafite-Rothschild. Château Mouton-Rothschild and Mondavi, He has received numerous awards for his wine publications, including: B. 1985 as "Chevalier Ordre pour le Mérite". In 1979 he acted as President of the International Wine & Spirit Competition,

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