Decanter has continued its 40th anniversary celebrations in style with a birthday party attended by top wine writers, masters of wine and senior figures from the UK wine trade.

Guests sipped Champagne Gosset poured from magnums as they caught up with wine world friends and colleagues at the Decanter 40th anniversary party in a private room at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on the Mall.

There was also a choice of two others wines, supplied by Louis Latour Agencies:

  • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2012

  • Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2012

Gosset’s winemaker, Hermine de Clermont Tonnerre, was among the guests who attended the party, which is part of a month of celebrations to mark Decanter’s 40-year milestone.

Also in attendance were Patricia and Georgina Parnell, the mother and daughter of the late Colin Parnell, who founded Decanter alongside Tony Lord in 1975.

Trays of canapés circulated as guests mingled in the main room and on the adjacent balcony.

Decanter’s content director, John Stimpfig, thanked all of Decanter’s in-house staff for their contributions across the magazine, Decanter.com, both editorially and commercially, and also including Decanter’s awards, events and panel tastings.

The guest list was also a roll call of the some of the best wine writers, including several masters of wine, such as: Lynne Sherriff MW, Peter Richards MW, Greg Sherwood MW, Stephen Skelton MW, Rosemary George MW, Sebastian Payne MW, Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, Philip Tuck MW, Simon Thorp MW and Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW; as well as master sommeliers Ronan Sayburn MS and Xavier Rousset MS, plus key contributors such as Anthony Rose and Decanter consultant editor Steven Spurrier.

Sarah Kemp, publishing director, said that she was proud of Decanter’s entrepreneurial heritage and that Decanter would continue to push boundaries internationally in the coming years, in digital and in print.

As well as the annual Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in London, next month will see the second Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter.

Kemp also thanked the wine sponsors for the evening, Champagne Gosset and Louis Latour Agencies, plus regular Decanter sponsors Belu Water and wine glass maker Riedel.