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Waugh Harry

The already legendary Englishman Harry Waugh (1904-2001) was first a wine merchant in London and acquired great expertise in the selection and sale of top wines. In 1946 he joined the famous wine company Harvey's. During his twenty years of service, he devoted particular attention to the training of the next generation, among his students were Michael Broadbent and many other Masters of Wine. In 1950, in addition to Beaujolais wines, he imported the then still unknown red wine from Château Pétrus (Bordeaux-Pomerol) in cask and made it famous. In 1966 he retired, but remained attached to wine. Numerous lecture tours in the USA made him perhaps the most famous wine expert in the world. At the beginning of the 1970s he made Californian wine, at that time still relatively unknown in Europe, famous. For his services to French wine, he was awarded the "Pour le Mérite Agricole" order in 1984 and was named "Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite National" in 1988. Since 1989 Waugh was an honorary member of the Institute Masters of Wine. His famous answer to the question whether he had ever confused Bordeaux with Burgundy was: "Not since lunch".

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