The following have been elected to the Wine Media Guild Wine Writers’ Hall of Fame for 2012:
Eric Asimov, Chief Wine Critic of The New York Times
Tony Aspler, Leading Canadian wine author and journalist
Terry Robards, Author of The Robards Report and long-time wine author and journalist
Posthumous: Maynard Amerine
Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of The New York Times. His weekly column appears in the Dining section of The Times, and his new book, “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto, ’’ will be published in October 2012 by William Morrow. He contributes to the Diner’s Journal blog on The Times’s web site. Naturally, he is on Twitter, too, @ericasimov. Before he started writing full-time about wine in 2004, Asimov wrote primarily about restaurants and food. He created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of five editions of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants, and published four editions of “$25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York.’’ Asimov is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and did graduate work in American Civilization at the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Deborah Hofmann, has two children, Jack and Peter, and lives in Manhattan.
Tony Aspler C.M.
Tony Aspler has been writing about wine for over 35 years. He was the wine columnist for The Toronto Star for 21 years and has authored sixteen books on wine and food, including ‘The Wine Atlas of Canada,’ ‘Vintage Canada,’ The Wine Lover’s Companion`, `The Wine Lover Cooks` and `Travels With My Corkscrew‘. Tony’s latest book is, ‘Tony Aspler’s Cellar Book’. In December 2007, Tony was awarded the Order of Canada.
In February 2001, Tony co-founded a charitable foundation with Arlene Willis. `Grapes for Humanity` raises money through the wine community for the victims of landmines and children with disabilities www.grapesforhumanity.com.
Tony is the creator of the annual Ontario Wine Awards competition. He writes for a number of international wine magazines, including Decanter, Wine Spectator, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Tidings, Post City Magazines, Lexpert, On the Go and Fine Wine & Liquor (China). Tony also writes fiction. He is the author of nine novels. His latest series is a collection of wine murder mysteries featuring the itinerant wine writer/detective Ezra Brant in `Blood Is Thicker Than Beaujolais`, `The Beast of Barbaresco`, and `Death On The Douro`. He is currently working on `Nightmare In Napa Valley.’
Terry Robards, one of the world’s foremost wine journalists, is recognized as an authority on wine in many countries and has written extensively on the subject for numerous publications.
Robards, a former New York Times wine columnist, is the author of the New York Times Book of Wine, published by Quadrangle Books in 1976. The paperback edition, published by Avon Books in 1977, became one of the largest selling wine books in print. He is also the author of Terry Robards New Book of Wines and The Californial Wine Lable Album. Robards was also the wine columnist of the New York Post, a columnist for the Wine Spectator and Senior Managing Editor and a colmunist for Wine Enthusiast magazine. He has written wine reviews for Sante’ – a restaurant trade publication and currently writes the Robards Report in digital format for his website www.terryrobards.com. His radio program, ” The Topic Is Wine, ” appeared regluarly on WQXR in New York and was nationally syndicated. He appeared frequently on radio and television as a guest commentator and lecturer on wine in this country and abroad.
Robards belongs to many wine societies. He is an Officier-Commandeur of La Confrerie des Chebaliers du Tastevin and is a member of La Commanderie de Bordeaux, Les Compagnons du Beaujolais, La Confrerie St. Etienne, L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, La Compagnia di Bacco and a founding member of L’Ordine Della Vite Italian Wine Society.
Robards, a lifelong journalist, spent 16 years on the staff of the New York Times as a reporter, editor, foreign correspondent and columnist, and worked previously for the New York Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor. Since 1983 he has been an independent freelance writer, lecture and consultant based in Lake Placid NY, where he owns and operates Terry Robards Wines & Spirits, Ltd – the foremost wine emporium in the Adirondacks.
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