The definitive guide to Australian Wines
James was recently interviewed by Today Tonight to celebrate with the release of the 2014 Australian Wine Companion. Watch the video to hear James talk about his selection of Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year, plus Best New Winery and Dark Horse Winery. You'll also discover James' selection of best value wines under $20
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The charts in the following pages show James Halliday's ratings for every Australian vintage over the last 20 years.
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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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.
The following charts show the grape variety plantings by tonne and hectares from 1996 to the present day.
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Alongside James Halliday is a dedicated team of tasters who review the wines in the Halliday Wine Companion guide.
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Whether you're after the most recent tasting notes, or you just want to browse through those from previous months, you'll find it all here in our tasting note archive.
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Wines considered to offer special value for money.