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The Wine Journal 2023


A new book from Andrew Caillard MW and wine writer Angus Hughson has hit the shelves ready for your holiday reading. Quite a different take on a traditional "wine book", this journal is precisely that - a collection of stories and tasting notes. With the intention of releasing a new edition each year, this will prove to be a serious reference collection as time goes on.

There is no rhythm or pattern to its delivery. The first few chapters take you on a journey starting with an exploration of Leeuwin Estate then a dive into the Barossa covering its history including that magical variety Grenache (you don't need me to tell you how much I loved that chapter!!). Be whisked away on a trip to Bordeaux to explore the 2021 vintage then be immersed into what made Minchinbury & Seppeltsfield so successful. A vertical tasting of all the Jim Barry The Armagh follows - quite a bit of ground covered early on you must admit. 

If that's not enough to get the juices flowing, there are another 14 chapters that follow to digest including the history of some old friends such as Tyrrells and Penfolds (with tasting notes of some impressive verticals), plus a sweep through some wineries on the rise such as Frankland Estate, Cloudburst as well as the ever impressive Ten Minutes By Tractor. Like Chapel Hill? The Gorge Block Cabernet is covered from 2009 to the current 2019. Heading to Margaret River? There is all the info you need to know when planning an upcoming trip. But just like a good Demtel advert, you can be assured there is more.

For $30 RRP (including postage), it's a great insight into so many pockets of the wine world and the collection of journals over time will sew all the bits together for the ultimate collector. 

Check it out on Booktopia or head on over to The Wine Journal.

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