Michael Broadbent

Michael Broadbent
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Michael Broadbent MW is a British wine critic, writer, auctioneer and Decanter columnist.

Following a career with John Harvey and Sons of Bristol, Michael Broadbent became a director of the Wine Department at Christie’s, co-founding the Christie's Wine Course with Steven Spurrier in 1982.

As well as being an author of several books, Broadbent is Decanter magazine’s longest-serving monthly columnist. His first column appeared in Decanter in the February issue, 1977, entitled Michael Broadbent's Tasting Notes. His 400th monthly column appeared in the September 2011 issue.

Michael Broadbent tribute lunch

Gallery: Michael Broadbent tribute lunch

2nd January 2014

In honour of his 36 years and 433 columns at Decanter, an intimate tribute lunch was held for Michael Broadbent. Guests included Michael and Daphne Broadbent, Count Gelasio Gaetani d'Aragona...

The Billionaire's Vinegar

Brad Pitt to star in The Billionaire's Vinegar

8th May 2012

The Billionaire's Vinegar, the controversial book about the Jefferson bottles affair, is being made into a film starring Brad Pitt.

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Wine luminaries out in force as Pol Roger UK celebrates 21 years

10th October 2011

Last week the good and the great gathered to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the founding of Pol Roger UK at Vintners' Hall.

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Michael Broadbent immortalised in comic opera

12th July 2011

Michael Broadbent has been immortalised in song – in the form of a comic opera which one critic has described as 'extremely entertaining and delightfully staged'.

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Michael Broadbent's 400th column dinner

Gallery: Michael Broadbent's 400th column dinner

27th September 2010

Pictures from a dinner to celebrate Michael Broadbent's 400th Decanter column held at the Blue Fin Building in London

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Michael Broadbent celebrates 400th Decanter column

24th September 2010

A delightful evening here at Decanter HQ this week saw a select gathering to commemorate the 400th contribution of our doyen of columnists, Michael Broadbent.

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Jancis Robinson, Michael Broadbent and Hugh Johnson to feature as charity pantomime Vinderella hits the London stage

15th January 2010

Theatregoers are being promised a 'witty, outrageous and colourful show' as members of the wine trade meet on stage next week in a specially written pantomime to raise money for charity.

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Broadbent wins Jefferson Bottles libel case

13th October 2009

Michael Broadbent has won a libel victory against Random House, publishers of The Billionaire’s Vinegar.

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Broadbent celebrates with Mouton 1990, ponders film injunction

13th October 2009

Having won his libel case, Michael Broadbent now has to decide whether to try to block a Will Smith-produced film of The Billionaire’s Vinegar.

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Broadbent to sue over Billionaire’s Vinegar

27th July 2009

Michael Broadbent is suing the publishers of The Billionaire’s Vinegar for defamation of character.

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Decanter writers shortlisted for Roederer awards, Raymond Blanc honoured

8th July 2009

Three Decanter writers have been shortlisted for the prestigious Roederer Awards 2009.

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Michael Broadbent’s bicycle stolen – reward

12th June 2009

Renowned wine writer Michael Broadbent has had his bicycle and Decanter safety helmet stolen.

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Michael Broadbent MW on Madeira

1st December 2008

Michael Broadbent MW discusses Madeira after tasting at Christie's in London.

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Broadbent and Parker go head to head in London

11th July 2008

Decanter columnist Michael Broadbent was pitted against Robert Parker in a head-to-head ratings battle last night at a London tasting of some of Bordeaux’s top chateau.

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Jancis Robinson

Robinson launches award-winning series on dvd for charity

6th December 2007

Jancis Robinson MW and husband Nick Lander have released a dvd ‘best of’ collection from their popular 90s series, Vintners Tales, all in aid of Comic Relief.

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Broadbent and Clarke: Bordeaux all tastes the same

30th November 2007

Veteran wine critics Oz Clarke and Michael Broadbent have accused top Bordeaux producers of making wines that are indistinguishable from one region to the next.

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Broadbent takes WSET post

8th June 2007

Veteran taster and Decanter columnist Michael Broadbent MW has been appointed Honorary President of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

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Broadbent celebrates 80th with old friends Lafite and Cockburn's 27

3rd May 2007

Michael Broadbent, one of the international wine industry’s most admired figures, celebrated his 80th birthday last night with a handful of old friends.

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