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.
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No one knows Dom Pérignon better than its experienced winemaker Richard Geoffroy, whose current assessment of the wine is that it’s ‘a superlative and most sought-after vintage - a classic wine that’s the quintessence of style at Dom Pérignon’.
These are the forgotten vineyards of the Côte d’Or, but produce some of Burgundy’s best value red wines. Stephen Brook acts as guide to the varied vineyards and wine styles of the large and extensive Beaune appellation
Timing is everything – and never more so than when it comes to blending wines. So how do winemakers decide when to do it? And is it better to blend early or later in the winemaking process? Stephen Brook reports.
Drink again. As Stephen Brook found on a recent trip to Friuli, there is a nucleus of winemakers crafting Pinot Grigios on the slopes of Friuli with more poise and persistence than its bland alter-ego ever had.