Jefford is a columnist for both Decanter magazine and www.decanter.com. Jefford has been writing and
broadcasting about wine (as well as food, whisky, travel and perfume)
since the 1980s, winning many awards – the latest for his work
as a columnist. After 15 months as a senior research fellow at
Adelaide University between 2009 and 2010, Andrew is currently writing
a book on Australia’s wine landscape and terroirs. He lives in
the Languedoc, on the frontier between the Grès de Montpellier
and Pic St Loup zones. He is the Regional Chair of
Languedoc-Roussillon at The Decanter World Wine Awards.
45 years in wine. Steven Spurrier joined the wine trade in 1964 as
a trainee with Christopher and Co, London's oldest wine merchant. In
1970 he moved to Paris where he opened Les Caves de la Madeleine,
which rapidly achieved recognition as one of the most highly regarded
specialist wine shops in Paris. In 1973 he opened L'Academie du Vin,
France's first private wine school, and went on to stage the famous
Paris Tasting of 1976, when a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from
California scored more highly than some of the most prestigious wines
of Burgundy and Bordeaux.
In 1988 Spurrier returned to the UK where he became a wine
consultant and journalist. Today his roles include a director of The
Christie's Wine Course, which he founded with Christie's Education in
1982, wine consultant to Singapore Airlines and consultant editor to
Decanter, to which he contributes monthly. He has received several
international awards for wine writing including the Bunch Prize and Le
Prix de Champagne Lanson, both for his articles in Decanter. He is the
author of several books on wine including The Clarke-Spurrier
Guide to Fine Wine (Websters International Publishers).
Spurrier has also been awarded Le Grand Prix de l'Academie
Internationale du Vin (only the third time the award has been made
since its creation in 1982) and The Maestro Award in honour of
André Tchelistcheff. In 1988 he was made Le Personalité
de l'Année (Oenology) for his services to French wine.
He is a regular judge on the international wine tasting circuit
and currently holds the position of chairman of the Japan Wine
Challenge and The Decanter World Wine Awards.