Simon Loftus (former wine merchant, restaurateur and brewery chairman) has written extensively on wine, food, travel and social history. He is the author of Anatomy of the Wine Trade, A Pike in the Basement: Tales of a Hungry Traveller, The Invention of Memory: An Irish Family Scrapbook, and An Illustrated History of Southwold. Puligny-Montrachet was awarded the 1993 Glenfiddich Award for Wine Book of the Year.