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Rod Phillips is a wine author, writer and historian based in Ottawa. He is a professor of history at Carleton University, where he teaches courses on the history of alcohol, food, and Europe.

He was wine columnist for the Ottawa Citizen for 16 years, and is currently the wine writer and Contributing Editor for NUVO Magazine. He contributes to Vines Magazine (Canada), The World of Fine Wine (UK), and (US), and he is the Canada consultant for the next edition of Jancis Robinson’s World Atlas of Wine.

Rod has judged in wine competitions in Canada, the US, France, Italy, Chile, and New Zealand, and is a regular judge at Intervin (Canada) and TexSom (US). He frequently travels to wine regions around the world, and his recent and forthcoming destinations include Italy, Germany, France, Australia, California, South Africa, New York state, and California.

His recent books on wine include Wine: A Social and Cultural History of the Drink that Changed our Lives (Classic Wine Library, 2018), The Wines of Canada (Classic Wine Library, 2017), 9000 Years of Wine: A World History (2017), French Wine: A History (2016), and Alcohol: A History (2014). From 2008 to 2017 he wrote the annual 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO, and in October 2018 he will publish a Canada-wide wine guide.

These books have been widely translated into languages such as French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, as well as in audiobook form.

Rod is currently writing two books. The first is on the wines of South-west France and the second is on Cabernet Franc around the world. He has tasted Cabernet Francs from Niagara extensively, and in the next few months will visit other Ontario regions as well as important Cabernet Franc regions in New York, Australia, France (Loire Valley and Bordeaux), and South Africa.