The English publisher and journalist Edmund Penning-Rowsell (1913-2002) is considered the doyen of British wine authors. For more than 20 years he worked as a wine columnist for "Financial Times" and also wrote wine articles for the communist newspaper "Marxism Today". In 1967 he published the wine primer "Red, White and Rosé, a wine primer", followed by his most famous work "The Wines of Bordeaux" in 1969. It is considered to be the most profound and complete work on this region, including producers and their wines, grape varieties, vine diseases and statistics. It experienced its sixth edition in 1989. Penning-Rowsell specialised in Bordeaux wines and visited the Bordeaux vintages every year as well as the Hospices de Beaune auction in Burgundy. In 1991 "Château Latour: the history of a great vineyard 1331-1992" was published. From 1964 to 1987 he was chairman of the British Wine Society purchasing association.
In collaboration with the famous wine critic Michael Broadbent, he was a wine consultant at Christie's auction house and regularly reported on the results of the wine auctions. Due to his publishing achievements, he was appointed "Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole" in 1971 and "Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite National" in 1981. Penning-Rowsell also built up an extensive wine cellar and kept detailed records of each bottle tasted in several cellar books, as well as his annual visits to many famous wine-growing regions. He continued these journeys until shortly before his death. See also a list of the most important wine authors under literature.