The English wine writer Henry Vizetelly (1820-1894) specialized in extensive descriptions of the history of champagne. port wine and sherry, His career began in 1869, when he reported on French wine on behalf of the magazine Pall Mall Gazette. He undertook extensive travels for his research. Among other things, he visited in the 1870s, the wine regions of Germany (where in the course of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 he barely escaped execution as a "spy"), France. Portugal. Madeira and the Canary Islands, He wrote several books about wine, which were characterized by many illustrations. These included "Wines of the World - Characterized & Classified by Henry Vizetelly" (1875), "Facts About Sherry" (1876), "Facts About Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines" (1879) and "A History of Champagne: with notes on the other sparkling wines of France "(1882). As one of the first recognized wine experts he was a judge and wine critic at the World Exhibitions in Wien 1873 and in Paris in 1878. He ruined himself financially English publisher of the French author Emile Zola (1840-1902). Vizetelly received the endowed by Emperor Franz Joseph I. Imperial-Austrian Franz Joseph Order.