This morning we got the sad news that one of the true legends of the fine wine world – Steven Spurrier has passed away. A true gentleman & a great wine lover has left us. Our thoughts goes out to his family.
On numerous occasions both me & Richard had the opportunity to taste the award winning champagnes at Decanter World Winer Awards with him. Staven Spurrier shall be missed with the gentleman ship & witty humor.
His international status & fame was assured in 1976 when self-employed as a Paris wine merchant, he organized and led the ‘Judgement of Paris’, a blind tasting for the French trade and media pairing some of the best Bordeaux and Burgundy along side California Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. The news that some from California triumphed over some from France led TIME magazine to run it as a cover story, assuring Spurrier’s place in wine history. He’s authored several wine books, founded France’s first private wine school and later Christie’s Wine Course which he now directs. Since 1993 Spurrier has been a columnist, since 1998 additionally consulting editor to Decanter magazine for which he chairs its World Wine Awards.