Alexis Lichine
Wine writer and vintner
Alexis Lichine
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.
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1950s encounter with French wines shaped a photographer's life - BurlingtonFreePress.com
Google News - over 5 years
I photographed mostly at Chateau Lascombes, at that time owned by Alexis Lichine, Chateau Tour des Mons, a small unknown vineyard, and at Chateau Margaux, a premier cru and the best known of the Bordeaux reds. When I went to Chateau Margaux,
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The top 8 wine TV ads, Part One - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Alexis Lichine was a legend in the wine industry, “the pope of wine” by some telling and along with Frank Schoonmaker probably responsible for introducing an enormous swath of America to French wine. But like many wine figures he also used his name to
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VINEXPO 2011 - Château D'Esclans, le rosé le plus cher au monde - Bordeaux actu
Google News - over 5 years
Sacha Lichine (fils d'Alexis Lichine) est l'heureux propriétaire de ce rosé exceptionnel. En effet le Château D'Esclans est le rosé le plus cher du monde. Il est élaboré à la façon des Grands Crus Classés sur les conseils du réputé oenologue Patrick
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La segunda juventud del sherry - Diario de Jerez
Google News - over 5 years
Hay una referencia especialmente célebre del escritor y especialista en vinos Alexis Lichine, quien en clave de humor inglés afirmó a finales de la década de los sesenta que “los españoles ponen mucho más cariño al Jerez que los portugueses al Oporto
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Pick of the Vine: Pink wines perfect for summertime - Florida Today
Google News - over 5 years
This property is run by the family of the famed Bordeaux negotiant Alexis Lichine. The 2010 d'Escalans now is available in our area. With just the slightest tint of pink and the Anglicized name of Whispering Angel, this dry, crisply styled rose may
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Author Amy Stewart to speak at Conservatory of Flowers - San Francisco Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
[6 pm, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., SF] Leslie A. Hennessy Jr.: The biographer examines the life of wine enthusiast Alexis Lichine, the man credited with creating the American market for French wine. [6 pm, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.,
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Quand des Libanais rejoignent le club très exclusif des producteurs de vin ... - L'Orient-Le Jour
Google News - over 5 years
Pour révéler ainsi tout le potentiel de Biac, qui se trouve dans les Côtes de Bordeaux, appellation moins glamour que les autres, les nouveaux propriétaires se sont associés à l'œnologue Patrick Léon, qui fit la gloire des vins d'Alexis Lichine puis
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Food & Wine Events: South Bay and Beyond - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
In honor of the 60th anniversary of Alexis Lichine's "The Wines of France," author Leslie A. Hennessy Jr. will discuss the life of the man credited with introducing Americans to French wine and his "Pope of Wine" biography. Admission, $20
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关闭我们的眼睛 学习品味 - 酒之园
Google News - almost 6 years
波尔多葡萄酒生产商和Alexis Lichine曾经说,最好的方式来学习葡萄酒开瓶的。 我想补充一点,就是最好​​的学习方法,良好的葡萄酒很快就经常品尝葡萄酒是由“盲”,不知道什么判断在眼镜里,直到你做出你的笔记,并宣布你
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William E. Massee, 87, Author Who Championed American Wines
NYTimes - over 10 years
William Edman Massee, one of the first American wine writers in the post-World War II era, died on Aug. 5 at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 87. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his son, John. Mr. Massee was a prolific writer, and much of his work in the 1950's, 60's and 70's coincided with the beginning of America's postwar preoccupation
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WINE TALK; Wining and Dining, the Bordeaux Way
NYTimes - about 14 years
THE wise old men of Bordeaux, whoever they were 60 or 70 years ago, made a remarkable discovery: the press. Not the kind that crushes grapes; the Romans knew about those presses. I mean the press that tells the world about Bordeaux wine. It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that few business groups anywhere are as astute as the Bordelais
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The Impossible Job And Its Survivors
NYTimes - over 14 years
HIGH-FLYING chefs and burned-out owners are endemic to the restaurant business. Broken relationships, crushed egos and financial ruin are their eternal stories. The grueling hours, staffing headaches, infinite opportunities for employee theft and supplier deception, obnoxious customers and reams of regulations should be enough to make any sane
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WINE TALK; In America, Growing Pains and Gains
NYTimes - over 14 years
I PLAN to open a couple of bottles of Château Léoville-Barton 1970 in a few days for a little celebration: the 30th anniversary of this column, on July 7. Yes, I know, 30 years ago was 1972. Well, 1972 was a terrible year in Bordeaux, and 1970 was a good year. Can't be too rigid about these things. In fact, that's what this column has been about
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It Is to Blush: Rosés For Summer Sipping
NYTimes - almost 15 years
THINK of rosé as the Côte d'Azur -- or the dazzlingly bright Jersey Shore --in a glass. The summer sun, piercing rosé bottles, paints white china, sand-colored table linen and silver flatware with chromatic shades of pink, coral, salmon, copper, orange and red. Your table becomes a perfumed gallery of Fragonard doodles. For decorative pleasures,
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WINE TALK; Travels in the Land of Vino
NYTimes - almost 15 years
NOBODY reads wine books. People read parts of wine books, and they look things up in wine books, and they display wine books prominently on their bookshelves. But cover-to-cover absorption? Slam it shut and exclaim, ''Wow, what a great read''? Forget it. It's O.K. I understand. Wine books are essentially textbooks, and who reads a textbook -- who
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WINE TALK; A Historical Chateau, Again Fit for Kings
NYTimes - almost 15 years
CHÂTEAU LAFITE is an old country home; Château Palmer is a fortress. Mouton-Rothschild could be an estate in the hills above Santa Barbara. But Château d'Issan? Issan is the original gingerbread castle. It could well be the most beautiful chateau in the Médoc, the storied wine country north of Bordeaux. I hadn't thought about Château d'Issan,
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WINE TALK; The Ratings Game Gets Simpler
NYTimes - about 15 years
MY friend and fellow scribbler Steven Spurrier has changed his life around. After decades buying, selling, writing about and, yes, drinking wine, he has abandoned that pillar of English wine criticism, the 20-point scale. ''I find the 20-point scale, which I have been using for 30 years, and on which I relied utterly, has increasingly less meaning
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WINE TALK; A Jug of Prose, a Loaf in the Wilderness
NYTimes - over 15 years
THE languorous days of August are no time to read new books. Fresh intellectual challenges, the latest must-read novel -- all that can wait for September. This is the time for old acquaintances, books you once loved and then maybe forgot about. Not Proust, which you never really started anyway, but Galsworthy, perhaps, or Jane Austen or even John
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alexis Lichine
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1989
    Age 76
    Alexis Lichine died of cancer at Château Prieuré-Lichine on June 1, 1989, aged 76.
    More Details Hide Details He was succeeded by his son Sacha (then aged 28), who later moved to Switzerland and sold Prieure-Lichine in August 1999. In 2008, he was posthumously inducted into the Wine Writers' Hall of Fame by the Wine Media Guild of New York. Starting around 1940, Lichine and Schoonmaker promoted the idea that California producers should label their wines by the grape variety or varieties from which they were made. The standard practice among New World producers was to give their wines semi-generic labels. That is, they named them after the regions whose wines they resembled. For example, full-bodied red varieties might be labeled "Burgundy", whereas crisp whites might be labeled "Chablis". California's Wente Vineyards was the first winery to adopt the practice. After calling its Sauvignon blanc by its varietal name rather than labeling it "Graves," Lichine and Schoonmaker found its sales volume to increase several-fold. More important, they were able to sell it in the important east coast U.S. market. Others, such as Robert Mondavi, soon adopted the practice, which has become the standard for New World (and, increasingly, some Old World) wines.
  • 1987
    Age 74
    In 1987, Lichine was chosen the "Man of the Year" by the wine magazine Decanter.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 60
    Lichine served as an expert taster in the New York Wine Tasting of 1973.
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  • 1964
    Age 51
    He was married to actress Arlene Dahl from 1964 to 1969.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1962
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His efforts led him to be referred to as "the doyen of unofficial classification compilers".
  • 1959
    Age 46
    In 1959 Lichine was a member of a committee that unsuccessfully launched a bid to revise the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
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  • 1955
    Age 42
    In 1955 Alexis Lichine married Gisele Edenbourgh.
    More Details Hide Details Their first child Alexandra was born in 1957. Their second child Alexis Andrew Serge (Sacha) was born in 1960.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 40
    In 1953 he purchased Latricieres in Chambertin and Bonnes Mares in Chambolle-Musigny.
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  • 1951
    Age 38
    In 1951 Lichine purchased Château Prieuré-Lichine and in 1952 also became part owner and manager of Château Lascombes.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year he started billboard advertising of his wine tasting room at the Prieure. This was the first time in the wine industry that professional wine tasting rooms were set up for the general public.
  • 1950
    Age 37
    In 1950 Lichine became the export manager for Château Haut-Brion.
    More Details Hide Details In 1955 Lichine founded Alexis Lichine Negociants in Long Island City, New York. He moved to Margaux to set up a shipping organization, Lichine & Cie., which became a leading exporter of first quality wines.
  • 1949
    Age 36
    In 1949 Alexis hired Pierre de Wilde (from Château du Tertre) as his assistant wine buyer.
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  • 1948
    Age 35
    In July 1948 he was hired by Claude Phillipe of the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel to buy wines in Europe for them.
    More Details Hide Details The same year he was divorced from the Countess.
  • 1947
    Age 34
    In 1947 he purchased a cotton farm in Jacks Bay in St. Croix.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year he married the Countess Renee de Villeneuve in New York.
  • 1946
    Age 33
    On his return from the war, Lichine asked for full partnership in the company. Schoonmaker declined and Lichine left. In 1946 he went to work for the import wine division of United Distillers of America.
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    He was released at Fort Dix, New Jersey on April 18, 1946.
    More Details Hide Details He was awarded the Order of Leopold, the Belgium Bronze Star and the World War II recognition from the French Legion of Honor. (see The Pope of Wine- the biography of Alexis Lichine in the sources book section).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1938
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On the outbreak of World War II, Lichine caught the last American ocean liner out of Bordeaux, the S.S. Manhattan. During the war he served in the United States Army Military Intelligence, in Europe and North Africa and was discharged as a Major. He was given the rank of Major by the commanding headquarters of the Delta Bar Section of the US Military Intelligence.
  • 1935
    Age 22
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1933
    Age 20
    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.
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  • 1932
    Age 19
    In 1932 Lichine moved back to Paris and accepted a sales position with The New York Herald Tribune.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Age 4
    His family fled to France during the Russian Revolution of 1917, going on to the United States in 1919.
    More Details Hide Details He studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania but dropped out because he felt he wasn't learning anything.
  • 1913
    Age 0
    Lichine was born in Moscow in 1913.
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