Our fes­tive edi­tion is even more cel­e­bra­tory than usual this year, with James Hal­l­i­day’s re­cent 80th birth­day our ex­cuse to go big.

Halliday - - Edit - Amelia Ball

James cel­e­brated his mile­stone birth­day in Au­gust, mark­ing al­most 50 years in the wine in­dus­try. Dur­ing this time he’s pretty much done it all – launched two in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful winer­ies with Cold­stream Hills and Brokenwood, writ­ten more than 70 books on wine, be­come a Mem­ber of the Or­der of Aus­tralia, and so much more. We chat­ted to him about his pas­sion for wine, his cel­lar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and also what he be­lieves are his great­est achieve­ments. Read more from page 22.

Stick­ing to this ‘80’ theme, we’ve asked top wine peo­ple from around Aus­tralia to share a col­lec­tive 80 wines for the party sea­son. Take your pick from their ideas, which will see you gift­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and drink­ing in style into the new year and be­yond. UK wine writer Jane Parkin­son also weighs in on the topic, dis­cussing the in­ter­na­tional styles that can make ideal presents, of­fer­ing 12 ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples to seek out. And if you’re still stuck for ideas, check out our spe­cial gift guide on page 33.

We also chat with wine­maker Emma Nor­biato from Cal­abria Fam­ily Wines in NSW, and delve into ries­ling with a twist. And if you need some travel in­spi­ra­tion, take our tours of Clare Val­ley, New Zealand’s Cen­tral Otago and Sonoma in the US.

We hope you have a won­der­ful fes­tive sea­son and en­joy shar­ing some great new wine dis­cov­er­ies with fam­ily and friends.

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