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Australian wine essentialsWine and food, a seasonal guide

A great wine is only accentuated by the addition of a perfect food pairing. James offers his suggestions for the perfect seasonal wine and food pairings. With spring almost upon us, consider pairing a young Riesling with a cold salad or sashimi or a young Pinot Noir with grilled quail.

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Your guide toUnderstanding Wine Ratings

What's the difference between an 89 and a 93 point wine? Which wines make the cut to appear in the annual Wine Companion? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this guide to understanding James Halliday's wine ratings.

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Australian wine essentials20 years of Australian vintage

The charts in the following pages show James Halliday's ratings for every Australian vintage over the last 20 years.

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Australian wine essentialsGrape variety plantings

The following charts show the grape variety plantings by tonne and hectares from 1996 to the present day.

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