Stephen Brook has been a contributing editor to Decanter since 1996 and has won a clutch of awards for his writing on wine. The author of more than 30 books, his works include Complete Bordeaux, now the definitive study of the region and in its second edition, and The Wines of California, which won three awards. His most recently published book, The Finest Wines of California, is his third on Californian wine. Brook also fully revised the last two editions of Hugh Johnson’s Wine Companion, and he writes for magazines in many countries.
Stephen Brook reports from Piedmont’s Nebbiolo Prima tastings, picking the best of the new releases as well as riservas from Barolo 2013 and Barbaresco 2014
Stephen Brook delves into the fascinating history of 10 of the most recognisable labels from Bordeaux châteaux
A wine with 'brilliant focus and balance...'
Where can you find Nebbiolo made in countries other than Italy...?
Things change, even in stately Burgundy, and producers in the region are free to apply for a vineyard’s status to be upgraded, if the quality justifies it. But what are their chances? Stephen Brook assesses the promotion prospects of the seven most likely premier cru candidates, north to south, recommending two wines from each.
Stephen Brook reports on the latest vintage releases from Barbaresco...
It may be a bit tricky to pronounce, but Blaufränkisch has made a name for itself, as Austrian producers explore its potential for quality wines. Stephen Brook introduces a native grape that deserves to have global recognition...
What makes it a wine legend?
Thirty years after its first vintage, this 100% Merlot continues to stand apart from its Bolgheri neighbours as an exceptional single-vineyard expression. The key is in the individuality of the terroir, explains Stephen Brook...
How does the ageing of half bottles differ from full sized...?