The Decanter Power List 2013
13 Steven Spurrier (13)
Consultant editor, Decanter, 71
Whenever the Power List is mentioned, Spurrier asks to be demoted. But he continues to wield huge influence, and refuses to rest on the laurels he earned as the instigator of the 1976 Paris Tasting. A constant traveller, he gave up his chairmanship of the Japan Wine Challenge only to become co-chair of the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (he has chaired the London-based Decanter World Wine Awards since the beginning). He’s also chair of the Wine Society of India’s wine selection committee, and consults for Singapore Airlines. His knowledge of Bordeaux is unrivalled, but he’s an indefatigable champion of emerging wine regions. Spurrier is greatly respected: when he has anything to say, the wine world – from sommeliers to the press to winemakers and proprietors – sits up and listens.