Alexis Lichine

Wine Writer and Vintner
Born Feb 17, 1913

Alexis Lichine was a Russian wine writer and entrepreneur. He played a key role in promoting varietal labelling of wine, was a masterful salesman of wine, and owned Château Prieuré-Lichine and a share of Château Lascombes in the Médoc. He was married to actress Arlene Dahl from 1964 to 1969.… Read More

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1913 Birth Lichine was born in Moscow in 1913.
1917 4 Years Old His family fled to France during the Russian Revolution of 1917, going on to the United States in 1919. … Read More


1932 19 Years Old In 1932 Lichine moved back to Paris and accepted a sales position with The New York Herald Tribune.


1933 20 Years Old In 1933 he continued in sales for The New York Herald Tribune in Algiers, and in 1934 moved back to New York as Prohibition ended.
1935 22 Years Old He attempted to start his own import wine company but failed, and in 1935 worked for the Cork and Bottle retail store in New York, and became a US citizen.
1938 25 Years Old He then went to work for Saccone and Speed, a New York wine importer, and in 1938 he was hired by wine merchant Frank Schoonmaker as his national sales manager. … Read More


1946 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He was released at Fort Dix, New Jersey on April 18, 1946. … Read More
1947 34 Years Old In 1947 he purchased a cotton farm in Jacks Bay in St. Croix. … Read More
1948 35 Years Old In July 1948 he was hired by Claude Phillipe of the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel to buy wines in Europe for them. … Read More
1949 36 Years Old In 1949 Alexis hired Pierre de Wilde (from Château du Tertre) as his assistant wine buyer.
1950 37 Years Old In 1950 Lichine became the export manager for Château Haut-Brion. … Read More
1951 38 Years Old In 1951 Lichine purchased Château Prieuré-Lichine and in 1952 also became part owner and manager of Château Lascombes. … Read More


1953 40 Years Old In 1953 he purchased Latricieres in Chambertin and Bonnes Mares in Chambolle-Musigny.
1955 42 Years Old In 1955 Alexis Lichine married Gisele Edenbourgh. … Read More
1959 46 Years Old In 1959 Lichine was a member of a committee that unsuccessfully launched a bid to revise the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
1962 49 Years Old Undeterred, Lichine published his own Classification des Grands Crus Rouges de Bordeaux in 1962 and made several revisions in the following years while campaigning for changes to a classification he contended was outdated. … Read More


1964 51 Years Old …  He was married to actress Arlene Dahl from 1964 to 1969.


1973 60 Years Old Lichine served as an expert taster in the New York Wine Tasting of 1973.
1987 74 Years Old In 1987, Lichine was chosen the "Man of the Year" by the wine magazine Decanter.
1989 76 Years Old Alexis Lichine died of cancer at Château Prieuré-Lichine on June 1, 1989, aged 76. … Read More
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