Terry Robards, 84, dies; lifted fine wines in America as a New York Times critic

In columns and notably 'The New York Times Book of Wine,' he introduced Americans to European and premium domestic varieties in the 1970s and ’80s


Terry Robards, a former wine critic for The New York Times whose writing in the 1970s and ’80s helped Americans move beyond jug Chablis and cheap Chianti to explore regions and styles as far away — and, at the time, as exotic — as Burgundy and Tuscany and as close as upstate New York, died on May 23 at his home in Upper Jay, New York, near Lake Placid. He was 84.

His wife, Julie Robards, said the cause was heart failure.

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