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Reaching a fine vintage

James Halliday, Australia's most successful wine writer, talks about his passion for top drops

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James Halliday, a lawyer turned winemaker, wine writer and wine judge, has certainly aged well. 

James Halliday, one of the world’s most respected wine writers, at work.

His annual compendium of Australia's top drops, the 2014 edition of the Australian Wine Companion, has just hit the bookshelves. Completely revised and updated each year, it is recognised as the industry benchmark for wines from Down Under and is eagerly awaited by vintners, collectors and oenophiles alike. The latest edition's 776 pages cover 1,396 wineries, with tasting notes for 8,039 wines. His iPhone app, on the other hand, offers over 79,000 tasting notes spanning 10 years of tasting _ translating into approximately 7,900 wines in a year, or almost 700 a month _ at the swipe of a finger. And all the while he is working on this laborious project, he still finds time to write other books and regular columns on the subject for a clutch of newspapers and magazines, judge at wine shows around the world, blog and consult.

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