The English professor George Saintsbury (1845-1933) was the most influential English literary historian and critic of the early 20th century. From 1895 to 1915 he held the chair for rhetoric and English literature at the University of Edinburgh and then settled as a journalist in London. He wrote a total of 35 biographies and was praised for his lively style. Saintsbury was a great connoisseur and loved to eat and drink well with friends. following Quote comes from him: A good wine delights my senses, cheers my mood and improves my moral and intellectual powers .
He wrote a now legendary private cellar book in which he kept the inventory of two wine cellars. These were obviously very well stocked, because he mentioned sherry. port wine. Madeira (one of his preferences), Claret. Margaux, Burgundy (e.g. La Tâche ) chablis. Château d'Yquem, Champagne (e.g. Pommery ) and Riesling ( Marcobrunn 1880 Jesuitengarten 1890 Karthäuserhofberg 1893). In doing so, too vintages judged, he expressly praised 1840 and described 1841 as very bad. There is also information about the market: 1868 fine quality & very high prices, 1869 very fine quality at relatively low prices . But it is also about spirits and beers, as well as many interesting details such as basement furnishings and accessories such as bottles and glasses. Last but not least, the guests are also mentioned with the food and drinks served, including the guest list. This widely published work was first published in 1920 under the title "Notes of a Cellarbook" and was then considered an important and future-oriented work on wine and drinking culture,
In honor of him, the “Saintsbury Club” was founded in London in 1931, which is considered the most famous Diners Club in connection with wine. Saintsbury never took part in any of the biannual events due to illness. The club of these wine lovers consists of a maximum of 50 members. The famous wine dealer and wine author André Simon (1877-1970) was the first treasurer and cellar master of this club.