Terry Robards – Professional Wine Writer
Terry Robards is a career journalist who began writing about economics for the New York Times in 1967. He pioneered as the first New York Times wine writer when he began doing articles for the Wednesday Woman’s Section and NY Times Magazine in the early 1970s. While working in London as a foreign correspondent during the mid-70s, Robards spent a lot of time in the vineyards of France,Italy and Germany doing research. It was during this time that he authored THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF WINE, which was published in 1976. After his return to the United States he was well known for his book, and in 1979 became the NY Times Wine Critic.
In 1983, Terry left the NY Times to write the wine column for the New York Post, which gave him great freedom to travel the world of wine. As an independent journalist, he went on to author Terry Robards New Book of Wine, which was published in hard cover by G.P.Putnam’s Sons in 1984. Terry was also a long time columnist and feature writer for Wine Spectator Magazine and columnist and senior managing editor of Wine Enthusiast magazine. His store, Terry Robards Wines and Spirits, was established in 1988 on Main Street in Lake Placid, NY, and in 2012 it moved to a new location at 2047 Saranac Avenue. The store is now managed by Terry’s wife Julie, and his step-son Tim Robinson. In 2012 Terry was inducted into the Wine Media Guild – Wine Writer’s Hall of Fame. He currently lives in Upper Jay, NY with his wife Julie and his beloved Cocker Spaniel ~ Holly.
Terry Robards is a member of many wine societies including La Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Les Compagnons du Beaujolais, La Commanderie de Bordeaux, La Confrerie du Vin de Cahors, the Cofradia Pueurtorriquena del Vino. He is also a founding member of L’Ordine della Vite~Italian Wine Society. He is a believer in the axiom that a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine. His personal wine cellar contains Port dating back to 1909 and also many prized vintages from the world’s most renowned chateaus and estates.