First of all we would like to congratulate to Mr Steven Spurrier, this real English gentleman, who has done so much for recognizing quality wines all over the world – regardless their origin. The Decanter Man of the Year awards have been running for over 30 years, recognizing excellence in the wine world. As Decanter wrote on 1 March: ‘Just some of the roles Steven Spurrier has taken on and excelled at over his wine career have been those of critic, journalist, buyer, entrepreneur, wine guide, vintner, visionary, mentor, restaurateur, author, educator, judge, communicator and consultant. But it wasn’t just what Spurrier did that counted. It was also how he did it – in his case with characteristic flair, style and élan.’ The Bordeaux-expert, creator of the legendary Paris Judgment, judge and chairman of Decanter World Wine Award – just a few things to mention from his rich carrier. ‘A youthful 75, he remains busy and active, especially now that he has his own Bride Valley sparkling wine estate in Dorset, southern England, which he runs with his wife Bella and daughter Kate.‘Given the roll-call of previous winners [of Decanter Man of the Year], I am completely over the moon,’ he said.
Steven Spurrier in Hungary
In 2012 Steven Spurrier held an unforgettable masterclass at VinCE Budapest, where he conducted a wine tasting of 12 Cabernet based wines. Some of them were Hungarians and he appreciated them a lot! The wine list of the masterclass was impressive, but his No3 favourite was Malatinszky Kövesföld, Villány! Read more about Csaba Malatinszky
‘I love Cabernet Franc, it’s Hungary’s strong card!’
Here is a short interview with Mr Spurrier at VinCE Budapest from 2012 (only the first few words are in Hungarian, the interview is in English):
“I was impressed by Hungary”
- wrote Steven Spurrier after his visit: