The English wine author Henry Vizetelly (1820-1894) specialized in extensive descriptions of the history of champagne. port wine and sherry, His career began in 1869 when he was reporting on French wine on behalf of the Pall Mall Gazette magazine. He undertook extensive trips for his research. Among other things, he visited the wine-growing regions of in the 1870s Germany (where he narrowly escaped execution in the course of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870), France. Portugal. Madeira and the Canary Islands, He wrote several books on wine, which were characterized by many illustrations. These included “Wines of the World - Characterized & Classed 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 active at the world exhibitions in Wien 1873 and in Paris in 1878. He ruined the financially English publisher of the French author Emile Zola (1840-1902). Vizetelly received the Imperial Austrian Franz Joseph Order, donated by Emperor Franz Joseph I.