Wine Companion Bookshop


Discover James' fabulous range of books at Readings online store today. Titles include the annual Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday: A Life In Wine, 1001 Wines under $1000, the Wine Atlas of Australia and The Wine Encyclopoedia.

  • James Halliday's Wine Companion Book 2014 edition

    The 2014 edition of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion has now sold out. The 2015 edition will be released on 30 July 2014.

    Keenly anticipated each year by winemaker, 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 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.


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  • James Halliday’s Top 100 Australian Wineries

    Arranged alphabetically and representing wineries from many regions, James profiles each winery revealing the background on the winery’s establishment, plantings, production and winemaking styles. He also provides tasting notes for each winery’s selected two most representative wines. Extensive introductory material includes a brief history of the Australian wine industry, climate, terroir, regions, and geographic indications.

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  • James Halliday: A Life In Wine

    James Halliday is Australia's most respected wine writer and wine judge. Over the past 40 years he has been a lawyer, winemaker and grape grower, wine judge, wine consultant, journalist and author. He established Brokenwood winery and Cricket Pitch vineyard in the Hunter Valley with Tony Albert and John Beeston in 1970, before founding Coldstream Hills winery (with his wife Suzanne) in the Yarra Valley in 1985.

    James has written or contributed to over 60 books on wine including Collecting Wine. You and your cellar; the award winning Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand, the Wine Atlas of California and an annual companion to Australian and New Zealand wines.

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  • James Halliday's 1001 Wines Under $20

    Good wine in Australia doesn't have to cost a fortune, and it's about to become even easier to choose the right bottle at the right price. For the first time ever, the country's leading wine authority has compiled his pick of the best Australian wines under $20. With tasting notes, rankings, drink-to dates and food matches for 1001 top-notch wines, James Halliday's 1001 Wines under $20 is the most comprehensive guide to value wines in Australia. The wines in 1001 Wines under $20 are grouped by variety, with chapters on the best shirazs, chardonnays, pinot noirs and other popular Australian varieties. Each chapter has an introduction explaining the key drinking qualities of the variety and the grape-growing regions that are associated with it. The book also features a comprehensive index to help you find wines in a hurry. Written with his trademark candor and wit, James Halliday's 1001 Wines under $20 is the one book you will need to help choose a fantastic bottle of Australian wine without blowing your budget.

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  • The Australian Wine Encyclopedia

    For the first time, James Halliday's unrivalled knowledge about all aspects of wine has been channelled into The Australian Wine Encyclopedia, published by Hardie Grant Books.

    More than 800 meticulously researched, authoritative entries cover everything from the personalities involved in the evolution of wine and the great estates that have filled the country's cellars to the viticulture, climate and natural challenges posed by our wine regions. The Australian Wine Encyclopedia investigates, articulates and ultimately celebrates all that makes up the Australian wine landscape.

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  • James Hallidays Wine Atlas of Australia

    Here is the award-winning and definitive book on Australian wine, with information on more than 550 wineries from over 70 regions. James Halliday analyses each region, looking at the types of grapes grown, the soil, the climate and the winegrowing history. He also introduces the most respected Australian wineries and their signature labels. The 2008 edition has been fully updated to include new wine regions, and features stunning photography and detailed maps throughout.

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