The Decanter timeline: 1975 – 2015

Image: The first cover of Decanter

1975Decanter is launched by Colin Parnell and Tony Lord

1977Michael Broadbent writes his first column on vintage Port

1978 Decanter holds the first blind tasting of its type in the media: red wines under £1.50

1984 The first Decanter Man of the Year award is given to Serge Hochar of Chateau Musar in Lebanon

1989 The first Sunday Times/Decanter Wine Show is held

1992Hugh Johnson pens his first column

1993Steven Spurrier joins Decanter as consultant editor

1996 Colin Parnell steps down and Sarah Kemp takes over as publishing director

Image: Steven Spurrier joins
Decanter as consultant editor

1997 The first Decanter Fine Wine Encounter is held is launched

2004 The first Decanter World Wine Awards are held

2012 The Decanter Asia Wine Awards and are launched

2014 The first Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter is held

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