Master of Ceremonies
STEVEN SPURRIER, Decanter (London, United Kingdom)
Decanter‘s consultant editor Steven Spurrier joined the wine trade in London in 1964 and later moved to Paris where he bought a wine shop in 1971, and then opened L’Academie du Vin, France’s first private wine school in 1973. Spurrier staged the historic 1976 blind tasting between wines from California and France, the Judgment of Paris, and in the 1980s he wrote several wine books and created the Christie’s Wine Course with then senior wine director Michael Broadbent, a veteran Decanter columnist.
In 1988, Spurrier returned to the UK to focus on writing and consultancy, with clients including Singapore Airlines. He has won several awards, including Le Personalité de l’Année (oenology) 1988 for his services to French wine and the Maestro Award in honor of California wine legend André Tchelistcheff (2011) and is president of the Circle of Wine Writers as well as founding the Wine Society of India. Spurrier is currently making his own wine, Bride Valley Brut, from his vines in Dorset. His latest book, Wine – A Way of Life, was released in the fall of 2018.