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Broadbent Michael

The Englishman Michael Broadbent (1927-2020) was one of the most famous wine tasters and wine authors in the world. In 1948 he began to study architecture, which he completed, and in 1952 he started as an apprentice at the wine merchant Tommy Layton. In 1955 he joined Harvey's, where the famous wine expert Harry Waugh (1904-2001) was his teacher. Here he made it as far as Sales Director for Great Britain. In 1966 Broadbent moved to the Christie's auction house in London and became director of the wine department. Here he was and still is responsible for countless auctions. In 1970 he became chairman of the "Institute of Masters of Wine", the title of Master of Wine he already achieved in 1960. Furthermore he was honorary member of the "Académie du Vin de Bordeaux". In 1984 he received the "Grand Prix de l'Académie Internationale du Vin". His famous wine book "Tasting, Knowing and Enjoying Wines" (Wine Tasting 1960) is an international classic and long seller and has already had over 40 editions in ten languages. He wrote monthly articles for the British magazine Decanter. From 1986 he was president of the International Wine & Food Society and since 1991 he has been chairman of the board of the "Wine & Spirit Trades Benevolent Society".

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