As Decanter celebrates 40 years of fine wine, see the key moments of Decanter's history and expansion over the years...

A brief history of Decanter 1975 – 2015

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The first cover of Decanter

1975 Decanter is launched by Colin Parnell and Tony Lord

1977 Michael Broadbent writes his first column on vintage Port

1978 Decanter holds the first blind tasting of its type in the media: red wines under £1.50

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Serge Hochar: Man of the Year 1984

1984 The first Decanter Man of the Year award is given to Serge Hochar of Chateau Musar in Lebanon

1989 The first Sunday Times/Decanter Wine Show is held

1992 Hugh Johnson pens his first column

1993 Steven Spurrier joins Decanter as consultant editor

1996 Colin Parnell steps down and Sarah Kemp takes over as publishing director

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Steven Spurrier joins Decanter as consultant editor

1997 The first Decanter Fine Wine Encounter is held

2000 Decanter.com is launched

2004 The first Decanter World Wine Awards are held (below)

2012 The Decanter Asia Wine Awards and Decanterchina.com are launched

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Decanter holds the first Decanter World Wine Awards

2014 The first Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter is held