My second presentation was 'The Changing Face of Wine Writing'. One of the books that inspired me to begin a voyage of discovery in the wine world was the first edition of The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson, which was published in 1971. My early forays into wine merchants and off-licences were certainly like a tour of Europe - there were so many different bottle shapes and types, and I wanted to touch, smell and taste each one. Writers such a Hugh, Edmund Penning-Rowsell, André Simon and Cyril Ray explained all I could wish to know. Many wines were not great in those days, but they certainly had character, as did the writers, and the content was insightful and inspirational.