Meet the tast­ing team.

Halliday - - Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2019 -

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.

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