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Schoonmaker Frank

The American Frank Musselman Schoonmaker (1905-1976) is considered one of the most influential wine writers in the world. He first worked as a travel guide author and became aware of several French wine regions during his travels in Europe through his acquaintance with Raymond Baudoin (editor of La Revue du vin de France). After lifting the American prohibition In 1933 he wrote in the "New Yorker" article about wine, which were published in 1934 in a collective form under "The Complete Wine Book". His later work "Schoonmaker's Encyclopedia of Wine" is one of the classics. He founded a wine import business, in which was a few years the later wine author Alexis Lichine (1913-1989). In collaboration with Baudoin, he opened the American market for smaller businesses in Burgundy. He criticized the then usual wine names with grape variety names (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, etc.) and introduced together with Lichine Semigeneric names such as Burgundy, Chablis, Rhine, etc., which then led to export problems in the European market (2005 in connection with the Wine trade agreement between the US and the EU adjusted, see below wine law ). In California, Schoonmaker worked as a consultant for wineries. He also made a name for himself as a connoisseur of German wines and as wine critic,

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