DWWA 2012 judges
Decanter World WIne Awards Chairman
Steven Spurrier joined the wine trade in 1964 as a trainee with London’s oldest wine merchant. In 1970 he moved to Paris where he opened a small wine premises, which rapidly achieved recognition as one of the most highly regarded specialist wine shops in Paris. In 1973 he opened L'Academie du Vin, France's first private wine school, and went on to stage the famous Paris Tasting of 1976. He is also wine consultant to Singapore Airlines and consultant editor to Decanter, to which he contributes monthly. He has received several international awards for wine writing including the Bunch Prize and Le Prix de Champagne Lanson, for his articles in Decanter. He is the author of several books, his latest, The Clarke-Spurrier Guide to Fine Wine, was updated and reissued in 2001. That same year Spurrier was awarded Le Grand Prix de l’Academie Internationale du Vin and The Maestro Award in honour of André Tchelistcheff. In 1988 he was made Le Personalité de l'Année.