Meet the tasting team.
In addition to James Halliday, a dedicated team of wine authorities review a percentage of the wines for the Halliday Wine Companion guide. Their tasting notes are indicated in the book by their initials, and their names appear in full alongside notes on winecompanion.com.au
James Halliday AMWith a career in wine that 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 founded the Brokenwood and Coldstream Hills wineries. In addition to the annual guide, James is a regular columnist and the author of Varietal Wines, Wine Atlas of Australia, The Australian Wine Encyclopediaand A Life in Wine, as well as a contributor to more than 70 books on wine.
Steven CreberSteven started as a winemaker in the Yarra Valley in the1970s. Over the next decade he worked in north-east Victoria, the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra in various production roles. After 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. Now back in theYarra Valley, he consults to, and writes for, a number of wine businesses.
Ned Goodwin MWNed has worn many hats, including wine show judge, sommelier, educator, TV host, wine buyer, consultant, critic, writer and Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial. Born in London, raised in Australia, educated in France and 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.
David BicknellDavid is a Roseworthy college graduate with more than 30 vintages of experience in Australia and France. He is the co-founder of the Victorian Pinot Noir Workshop, a past Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial and has judged and chaired at many regional and capital city wine shows in Australia. David is chief winemaker at Oakridge in the Yarra Valley, and fills his spare time growing wine for his own family label, Applecross.
Campbell Mattinson Campbell is an award-winning journalist, author, editor and publisher. He has been a key reviewer for the Halliday WineCompanion guide for a number of years and was the founding editor of the Halliday WineCompanion magazine. He is also the publisher ofThe Winefront website, and author of The Big Red WineBook and The Wine Hunter.
Jane FaulknerJane is a respected journalist with more than 25 years’ experience. She has a special interest in Italian and alternative wine styles, 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.