Steven Spurrier, internationally-recognised wine expert, is chair of the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

Decanter’s consultant editor joined the wine trade in London in 1964.

Later moving to Paris, he bought a wine shop in 1971, and in 1973 opened L’Academie du Vin, France’s first private wine school.

In 1976 he staged the historic blind tasting between wines from California and France, the Judgment of Paris. In the 1980s he wrote several wine books and created the Christie’s Wine Course with then senior wine director Michael Broadbent MW, Decanter’s veteran columnist.

In 1988 he returned to the UK to focus on writing and consultancy for clients including Singapore Airlines. He has won several awards, including Le Personalité de l’Année (oenology) 1988 for services to French wine and the Maestro Award in honour of California wine legend André Tchelistcheff (2011).

He is president of the Circle of Wine Writers, founded the Wine Society of India and hopes to make Bride Valley Brut from his own vines in Dorset.

Steven Spurrier has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge and chair of the competition since the launch of the DAWA in 2012.