James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition

Halliday's 2014 guide to Australian wine is a good one!

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James Halliday, wine expert and author

James Halliday, wine expert and author [©VisitVineyards.com]


Keenly anticipated each year by winemakers, collectors and wine lovers, the Australian Wine Companion is recognised nationally as the industry benchmark. The 2014 edition has been completely revised to bring you up-to-the-minute information.

In his inimitable style, Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine through detailed tasting notes, each with vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking as well as each wine’s closure, alcohol content and price. He provides information about wineries and winemakers, including vineyard sizes, opening times and contact details.

The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion is an indispensable reference from the country’s leading wine authority and a must-have guide for anyone visiting a winegrowing region, or wanting to replenish their cellar or wine rack.

Features of the book include:

  • Full tasting notes for 4009 wines
  • Ratings, drink-to dates and prices for a further 2207 wines
  • 94 new wineries
  • 1396 winery profiles
  • Best of the best wines by variety
  • Section on varietal wine styles and regions
  • Vintage rating charts for each region
  • Regional index showing availability of food, accommodation, music events and cellar-door sales
  • A full-colour map of the wine regions of Australia

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards

2013 also introduces the inaugural James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards. The glittering VIP event will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday, July 24 – the night before the 2014 Wine Companion goes on sale around Australia.

Set to become an annual highlight, the night will see Wine Companion’s founder and author, James Halliday AM, announce the winners of four major awards, while guests will enjoy a selection of the year’s best wines matched to a four-course degustation.

The four major awards are:

  • Winery of the Year (supported by Liebherr Cellaring Solutions)
  • Wine of the Year (supported by Zagame Official Maserati Dealer of Victoria)
  • Dark Horse (supported by Zagame Official Ferrari Dealer of Victoria)
  • Best New Winery (supported by Kennards Wine Storage) 12 varietal awards will also be announced on the night.

Look out for these every July!

About the author:

Respected wine critic and vigneron James Halliday has a career that spans over forty years, but he is most widely known for his witty and informative writing about wine.

As one of the founders of Brokenwood in the Lower Hunter Valley, and thereafter founder of Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley, James is an unmatched authority on every aspect of the wine industry, from the planting and pruning of vines through to the creation and marketing of the finished product. His winemaking has led him to sojourns in Bordeaux and Burgundy, and he is constantly in demand as a wine judge in Australia and overseas.

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