After studying at Gerorgetown University, the US-American wine journalist and wine critic
Frank J. Prial (1930-2012) worked first for various newspapers and then for the "Wall Street Journal" and from 1970 for the "New York Times". From 1972 his column "Wine Talk" appeared there. From 1979 to 1984 he was a correspondent for his newspaper in Paris. After his return to the USA he continued the column. From 2001 his column "Decantations" with tasting notes appeared. His writing style or rather his approach to wine descriptions was characterized by a clear language without complicated expressions. He believed that you can enjoy inexpensive wines even if you are not an oenologist
. Many expensive wines with elaborate marketing and "beautiful labels" were not much better than their less expensive competitors (end of quote). Prial also wrote articles for the "Oxford Companion to Wine" (editor Jancis Robinson
). In an obituary he was honoured as follows: For the baby boomer generation Prial in particular was probably the authoritative voice on the subject of wine in America
. The French government appointed him a member of the "Légion d'Honneur".