THE MOMENT he was handed a glass of Cockburn 1908 vintage port by his grandfather at 13 years old, Steven Spurrier knew he would make wine his career. He travelled Europe in his red sports car (fitted with a compact wine fridge in the boot), working the vintage in Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne, before embarking on the first of many extraordinary ventures: setting up shop to sell wine to the French. As an Englishman in the heart of Paris, this seemed a remarkably bold (if not foolish) project, but the plan worked. In 1976, he went on to mastermind the ‘Judgement of Paris’, the France vs California blind tasting that changed the wine world forever.
This memoir looks back on Steven’s life charting the incidents, adventures, ideas and discoveries that formed his wine journey. With tributes from Hugh Johnson, Miguel Torres, Oz Clarke, Jancis Robinson MW, Warren Winiarski and many more.
"Few people have so profoundly informed, guided and inspired generations through their journeys in wine." - Andrew Caillard MW
225 x 170mm, 288pp hardback