James Halliday's Wine Companion is Australia's number-one guide to wineries and wines in this country. In it the writer, judge, winemaker, and grape grower shares his considerable expertise-gathered over 30 years in the industry.
Comprehensively updated and exhaustively researched, with over 400 new wineries rated, it is a must for all lovers of Australian wine. With tasting notes, vintage-specific star ratings, background information on particular wines, advice on optimal drinking, and suggestions for complementary food dishes, anyone planning to visit a wine-growing region or to replenish their cellar or wine rack will find James Halliday's Wine Companion utterly indispensable.
The 2006 edition is Halliday's most complete and exhaustively researched yet. With new, up-to-the-minute entries, it is an essential tool for all lovers of Australian wine and a must-have for anyone who is passionate about good drinking and the finer things in life.
James Halliday is Australia's most respected wine critic and wine writer. He has written or contributed to more than 50 books on wine since he began writing in 1979 (notable contributions include those to the Oxford Companion to Wine and the Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine). His books have been translated into Japanese, French, German, Danish, and Icelandic and have been published in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as Australia. His works include Pocket Guide to the Wines of Australia 2005-06; Varietal Wines; Wine Odyssey: A Year of Wine, Food and Travel; and Collecting Wine: You and Your Cellar. He was the founder of Coldstream Hills in Victoria's Yarra Valley and before that, of Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley. He regularly judges at wine shows both in Australia and overseas and is an unmatched authority on all aspects of the wine industry. James Halliday lives in Victoria.