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James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2008 [Paperback]

James Halliday

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1 Aug 2007 James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (Book 2008)
A guide to wine and wineries in Australia. It includes an indispensable reference.It reviews mailing to wine, food, travel, and lifestyle media.Keenly anticipated by wine lovers and winemakers too, this 10th anniversary edition (now published by Hardie Grant Books and distributed by Roundhouse Group) has been completely revised and updated to bring you up-to-date on Australian wines and wineries.Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine via detailed tasting notes, each of which includes vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking, alcohol content, price range, and more. In addition, he provides contact details of wineries, web addresses, opening times, plus biographies on each, and information about the winemakers.This is a must-have for anyone planning to visit a wine-growing region or replenish their cellar. It is the most authoritative and entertaining guide to Australian wine.

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books; Revised edition edition (1 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740665155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740665155
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,942,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Halliday, Australia's most respected wine critic and wine writer, has written or contributed to more than 50 wine books. He is the founder of Coldstream Hills Winery in the Yarra Valley, and before that of Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book (again) from James Halliday 5 April 2008
By Kim Nielsen - Published on
760 pages - with all relevant details about Aussie wines.
A full explanation first, on how to use the book.
Lists of best varietals.
Tasting notes of 5836 wines..! (phew)
Many other informative articles : best of best, best of the regions, statistical info, etc etc...(seek and thou shall find)
Description of the best of the most recent vintages - and/or other recommendables from (the not necessarily most recent vintages) - a good idea.
Well organized..
Ths is NOT a book you carry in your pocket..
I really cannot find any negative thing to write about, BUT I would have loved some pictures of labels too - which would most likely have brought the bokk over the 1K page-size :-)

Oh..One sort of complaint, I don't understand his idea of not rating any wines higher than 97 (when you have a 100-point scale it makes no sense, not to use it up to, at least 99. You may argue against using the top 100, because can a wine be PERFECT ?)

So anyway, the verdict : highly recommended..
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