Decanter Magazine, Wine Writer & Historian
Julian Hitner is a Toronto-based wine consultant, critic, cellar manager and purchaser. He formerly worked as a collector at WineAlign, which provides expert wine ratings and reviews. He has a special interest in wine history and he has written numerous articles on the subject. For Decanter, he has covered topic such as ‘How Britain shaped the wine world’, as well as ‘California and Prohibition: Collateral damage’.
Decanter travel guide: Niagara Peninsula, Canada
Perfect for a winter getaway, this scenic region within easy reach of Toronto offers friendly welcomes and impressive wines...
24 hours in Niagara
From winery tours and tastings to fine dining, Julian Hitner plans out the ideal day in Niagara...
Niagara: Restaurants, hotels and shops
Plan your trip to Niagara with Julian Hitner's guide to the best restaurants, hotels and shops...
How Britain shaped the wine world
The British Isles has influenced certain wine styles more than any other nation. Julien Hitner looks back at the history of claret, Port and Champagne, and explores Britain’s enduring love for these styles
Champagne during WW2: From vines to victory
The German army's official surrender in Reims on 8 May 1945 - Victory in Europe (VE) day - tasted particularly sweet for the canny, local Champagne winemakers and workers who spent much of World War Two outfoxing the occupying forces, writes Julian Hitner.
Montreal collector sues Canada's SAQ for $1m
A Montreal wine collector is suing the Societe des Alcools du Quebec for nearly CA$1m after his collection was allegedly exposed to harmful bacteria.