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Champagne – The Road to Recovery

Michael EdwardsMichael Edwards
Wine Man & Prize-winning Author

Born in Hertford in 1944, Michael went to the well-known local school, Haileybury College, where he was taught history by Tony Melville, a distinguished Cambridge medievalist, who instilled in him the art of essay writing. After studies in Etruscan antiquities at the University of Perugia, Michael read for the Bar at Gray’s Inn. Though useful to be a trained lawyer, he never wanted to practise – having found a new passion in Italy to last a lifetime- wine. In 1968, Michael joined Laytons, the London wine shippers, as a trainee. Then while living in Burgundy and Provence in the ‘seventies, he travelled widely on behalf of wine giants like Michel Laroche, Gerard Chave and Leonard Humbrecht, who are now household names in England and the United States.

Since 1990 Michael has been a full-time wine writer and journalist. As the author of the best-selling Champagne Companion (Quarto:Apple Press 1994) he is widely acknowledged as an authority on this most famous of sparkling wines. As a working journalist, Michael writes regularly on Champagne,Burgundy and Italy for a wide range of titles including The World of Fine Wine, Wine KingdomJapan, The Drinks Business , Cotswold Style and author of five books including Mitchell Beazley’s Pocket Champagne & Sparkling Wine, The Red Wine Companion, Chablis, and jointly with the Hon. Gerard Noel Vermouth. His latest work is the well received book The Finest Wines of Champagne published in autumn 2009 by Quarto & the University of California Press. Michael is a laureat of Le Prix Lanson. He hasa also been honoured by the growers of Champagne with their Diplome d’Honneur (1994) and by the Archiconfrerie St Vincent of Epernay asAmbassadeur d’Angleterre (2006).

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