Stephen Brook, Panel Chair USA
Stephen Brook became a freelance writer in 1982, specialising in travel and wine, after many years as a publisher’s editor, in both the US and Britain. His Liquid Gold: Dessert Wines of the World won the André Simon Award in 1987 while Sauternes and the Other Sweet Wines of Bordeaux (Faber, 1995) is now the standard work on the subject. His other wine books include Pauillac, and the Mitchell Beazley Pocket Guide to Sweet Wines (with John Radford). Other awards include the Wines of France award in 1995, the Bunch Award for wine writer of the year in 1996, and the Glenfiddich, Lanson, and Veuve Clicquot awards for his book The Wines of California (1999). His Complete Bordeaux is now the definitive study of the region, and the forthcoming The Finest Wines of California will be his third book on Californian wines. He has fully revised the last two editions of the Hugh Johnson Wine Companion. He writes for magazines in many countries, and has been a contributing editor to Decanter since 1996.