Meet The Tasting Team

In addition to the great man himself, James Halliday, we have a small, dedicated team of tasters who each review a percentage of the wines in the Halliday Wine Companion guide. The wines they have tasted will be indicated by their initials at the close of notes across the site. There are also a number of writers and experts whose voices are regularly part of the conversation. Meet the team below.


James Halliday AM

With a career in wine than spans nearly 50 years and a rich body of work, James is arguably Australia’s best-known wine critic. Before he was a commentator he was a vigneron, helping to found the wineries Brokenwood and Coldstream Hills. In addition to his definitive annual guide, James is the author of Varietal Wines, the Wine Atlas of Australia, the Australian Wine Encylopedia and A Life in Wine, as well a contributor to more than 70 books on wine and a regular columnist. 


Campbell Mattinson

Campbell is an award-winning Australian journalist, author, editor and publisher. He has been a key reviewer for the Halliday Wine Companion guide over many years, is the publisher of The WINEFRONT website, and the author of The Big Red Wine Book and The Wine Hunter.


Jane Faulkner 

Jane is a respected journalist with more than 25 years’ experience. She has a special interest in Italian and alternative varieties, chairs several wine shows and is chief of judges for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. Aside from her love of wine, Jane is an avid traveller and zealous environmentalist.


Ned Goodwin MW

Ned has worn many hats, including show judge, Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial, sommelier, educator, TV host, wine buyer, consultant, critic and writer. Born in London, raised in Australia, educated in France, Japan and now based in Sydney with continued business across Asia, his varied international experience brings a fresh perspective to the Halliday Wine Companion tasting team.


Steven Creber

Steven started out as a winemaker in the Yarra Valley in the 1970s. Over the next decade he worked in north-east Victoria, the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra in various production roles. Returning to Melbourne, he had a 20-odd year career with Dan Murphy’s as a taster, buyer and writer, retiring from there in 2012. He’s since returned to the Yarra Valley, where he consults to and writes for a number of wine businesses, as well as contributing to the Halliday guide.


David Bicknell

David is a Roseworthy college graduate with over 30 vintages of experience in both Australia and France. He is a co-founder of the Victorian Pinot Noir Workshop, a past Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial, a Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year and has judged, panel chaired and chaired at many of the regional and capital city wine shows in Australia. He fills his spare time growing wine for his own family label, Applecross.