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Stephan, born 1967 in Düsseldorf, is a German journalist who began to specialize in wine in 1999/2000 after a decade of studying and teaching theatre science at Münch University in the morning and selling wine in a wine shop in the afternoon. Initially he wrote about theatre and music but after the translation of Oz Clarke's Wine Encyclopedia, Stephan started to write about wine daily for, the online platform of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Stephan has since published numerous articles for renowned daily and weekly German newspapers such as Süddeutsche Zeitung and Welt am Sonntag as well as for monthly German, Austrian, and Swiss wine and lifestyle magazines such as Der Feinschmecker, Falstaff, and Fine – das Weinmagazin.

In 2008 Stephan became chief editor of the Swiss/German newsletter Weinwisser; four years later he took the same position at Vinum, whose 10 issues per year are published in Zurich/Switzerland but distributed also in Germany and Austria. Besides this he has contributed to The World of Fine Wine regularly since 2004.

Stephan is co-author of Wein spricht deutsch, a 720-page monster book on the wines of Germany, Austria, Alsace, Alto Adige and Switzerland that was edited by Stuart Pigott in 2007. In 2012, Stephan's book The Finest Wines of Germany came out in the UK and the US and was soon shortlisted as "Best international wine book of the year 2013" by the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Award. The book was translated and published in Japan and China in 2013.

Stephan has a passion for Riesling, Port and Pinot Noir and all the people who craft serious and authentic wines, regardless of which grape variety or in which style they are made. Besides wine, Stephan loves music (especially jazz), good food and football (soccer). He lives with his family near Hamburg in Germany and joined the Robert Parker's Wine Advocate team in May 2014.

Stephan covers the wine regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as Alsace, Champagne and the Loire valley.