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Schoonmaker Frank

The American Frank Musselman Schoonmaker (1905-1976) is considered one of the most influential wine authors in the world. He first worked as a travel guide writer and became aware of various French wine regions during his travels in Europe through his acquaintance with Raymond Baudoin (editor of the magazine "La Revue du vin de France"). After the repeal of the American prohibition in 1933 he wrote an article about wine in the "New Yorker", which was 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 the later wine author Alexis was a few years ago Lichine (1913-1989) employed. In collaboration with Baudoin, he opened the American market for smaller businesses from Burgundy. He criticized the then usual wine names with grape variety names (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir etc.) and, together with Lichine, introduced semigenic names such as Burgundy, Chablis, Rhine etc., which subsequently led to export problems on the European market (2005 in connection with the Wine trade agreement between the USA and the EU adjusted; see under 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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