Leading Australian Critics
James Halliday (JH) – Australia's leading wine critic, award winning wine writer and author of The Australian Wine Encyclopaedia and the Wine Atlas of Australia. As a former vigneron who was one of the founders of Brokenwood and also of Coldstream Hills, James is an unmatched authority on every aspect of the wine industry.
Halliday's website contains over 25000 reviews of Australian wines – you can subscribe for A$39.95 per year – go to www.winecompanion.com.au
Winefront (WF) – this is an impressive Australian site published by wine critics Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh. We like its comprehensive approach and detailed notes. Campbell Mattinson is wine columnist for Australia's SUNDAY Magazine; won the Wine Press Club Wine Communicator Award in 2005 and 2007 and was the founding editor of Australian Sommelier Magazine. Gary Walsh was the publisher of the successful internet review site www.winorama.com.au and is the former wine editor for Inside Out Magazine. Winefront is a subscription site and costs AU$43.95 for a year's membership. Go to www.winefront.com.au
Huon Hooke (HH) – Huon Hooke is a leading independent wine writer in Australia, who makes his living entirely out of writing, judging, lecturing and educating about wine. He's been writing about wine since 1983 and is best known for his weekly columns in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Living section, and regular articles and tasting notes in Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, for which he is contributing editor, a tasting panel member and a columnist. He was co-author of the Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide for 14 years and is a contributinh writer to Decanter and the World of Fine Wine.
Huon has a subscription website which costs AU$39.95 a year – go to www.huonhooke.com
Tyson Stelzer (TS) – Tyson Stelzer is the author and publisher of twelve wine books. He writes freelance articles for Wine Spectator, Decanter, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, WBM and Selector. He is a contributor to Jancis Robinson's The Oxford Companion to Wine Third Edition, winner of the Louis Roederer International Champagne Wine Writer of the Year in 2011 and a regular judge at wine shows in Australia.
Tyson has a subscription website which costs AU$26 a year – go to www.tysonstelzer.com
Ralph Kyte-Powell (RKP) - Ralph Kyte-Powell has more than 30 years' experience in the wine business and hospitality industry. He started writing about wine 11 years ago and has a regular column in Melbourne's Age and Sydney's Sun-Herald (Sunday Life) and judges at Australian regional wine shows.
Ray Jordan (RJ) - Ray Jordan is has been writing about wine for more than 30 years, with a focus on the wines of Western Australia. Ray currently writes two regular weekly columns in The West Australian and The West Australian Saturday Magazine, while also contributing to other publications.
Jeremy Oliver (JO) - Jeremy Oliver is one of Australia's foremost wine writers and presenters. In January 2005 he was named the inaugural Wine Writer of the Year by the widely circulated Australian Wine Selector magazine. He has since published fourteen books including the best-selling The Australian Wine Annual (now in its ninth edition). Jeremy is a regular contributor to Gourmet Traveller's Wine Magazine and has a subscription website www.jeremyoliver.com