Stephen Brook

Drink again. As Stephen Brook found on a recent trip to Friuli, there is a nucleus of winemakers crafting Pinot Grigios on the slopes of Friuli with more poise and…

Held in high esteem, Serralunga Barolos have at the same time earned a reputation as fierce and tannic beasts. Yet today's wines are more approachable than ever, finds Stephen Brook

While Argentinian Malbec may be stealing the limelight, the best producers in its homeland of Cahors are welcoming in an era of finesse and elegance. Stephen Brook highlights the stars…

Timing is everything – and never more so than when it comes to blending wines. So how do winemakers decide when to do it? And is it better to blend…

The workhorse reputation of the Montepulciano grape and the confusion of Trebbiano d'Abruzzo with its boring Tuscan cousin have done this region no favours, says Stephen Brook. But seek out…

Stephen Brook finds out how the new generation of energetic young winemakers in Bordeaux is rising to the daily challenges of managing the top estates...

Sashi Moorman

One of California's brightest talents, the winemaker for Stolpman in Santa Barbara has also found time to pursue other exciting projects, and to set up his own wine label. Stephen…

Comtes Lafon

Producer of some of the world's best white wines, owner Dominique Lafon remains ambitious, with ventures in Mâcon and Oregon. Stephen Brook visits the famous Meursault estate...

Burgundy, Burgundy cellar

Burgundy can seem intimidating to the uninitiated, so Decanter contributing editor Stephen Brook has compiled a foolproof guide to understanding the region, including recommendations that will help you build the…

Bergerac landscape

The region is familiar to many holidaymakers, but its wines are often all but forgotten, thanks a host of confusing names and sub-zones, not to mention its proximity to Bordeaux.…

Bordeaux 2012 En Primeur Philippe Dhalluin

The director of Château Mouton-Rothschild shuns the pomp and circumstance that goes with being at the helm of a Bordeaux first growth, preferring to remain immersed in the vineyards and…

Francois Lurton

Francois and Jacques Lurton broke away from Bordeaux to take in every corner of the wine world

When to open bottles?

Chardonnays should mature gracefully to a ripe old age. But many, less than 15 years old, are aged prematurely in such a random manner that experts cannot pinpoint the cause.…