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Australia and New Zealand Wine Companion 2002 [Paperback]

James Halliday
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1 Nov 2001
James Halliday's "Wine Companion" has long been regarded by many as the definitive guide to wines and wineries in Australial and New Zealand. Halliday shares his insider's knowledge of wines, with tasting notes, vintage-specific ratings, advice on optimal drinking and suggestions for complementary food dishes. There's also information on wineries, such as opening times, contact details, short biographies, and summaries of each establishment's product range and prices.

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  • Paperback: 567 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street; Revised edition edition (1 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902304942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902304946
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,671,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The five star rating would assume that you have bought this in a bid to expand your buying of Australian wine. This book along with Jeremy Oliver's Wine Annual should become your bible. There is a brief guide to the way the author's ratings are awarded and the format of the entries. They themselves are concise but always informative, rating the winery overall but also its best wines individually, thus acknowledging that a winery can sometimes raise its game with certain varieties. The usual stars of the Australian firmament are well catered for but so are less well known but equally worthy entrants. I appreciated the advice as to anticipated maturity and details of previous successes although frustrated by the fact that these older vintages are often nearly impossible to come by. As an added guarantee of non-bias in his reviews, the author declares his interests in wineries and declines to offer rating points for these wines. All in all an invaluable buying guide and reference work which I have found myself dipping into at increasingly regular intervals over the past few months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still THE reference-book on Australia and NZ 9 Mar 2000
By Kim Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
So, what's the difference to the '99 edition ? Well, not much... The pro's : - 127 new vineries included and still written in the same Parker'ish style
The con's : - still no vintage charts (neither regional nor individually, which is a shame) - Also a listing (classification) of the best producers would be nice
It would also be nice to have some sort of description of the various regions, (eg for advise of where to get the best varietals/grapestyles)
Some pictures (labels) would be nice also, by the way..
But, nevertheless...this is still a good book, so if you need those updates (like I do !) , then you gotta have this issue.
Final word: I give this book 5 stars, basically because there's no competition - there's still room for some improvements...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You have to be an expert 11 Feb 2002
By Brendan B. Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Being an avid 'winey', and an Australian, I was excited to receive the bible on Antipodeon wines. Well I was a little disappointed; If you are thoroughly versed with the regions in Aus and NZ, then this is perfect for you; But being 8 years removed from my country, I discovered that the lack of info on specific regions was a negative for this publication. I find Hugh Johnson's guide a far more useful tool(although he does not reference the wineries as thoroughly).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book but needs an index by region 6 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
an essential travel and buying guide for oz wines. arranged alphabetically by producer but wish there was also an index by region. for that purpose check out the pocket-sized wines of australia by the same author
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