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Monday 27 November 2017

The one Australian book every wine lover should have

If you know a little bit about Australian wine, or even quite a lot, there is one book you should get your hands on.

Australian Wine: styles and tastes, people and places is a new-release collaboration between wine educator Patrick Iland, Penfolds' chief winemaker Peter Gago, wine writer and academic Andrew Caillard and viticultural scientist Peter Dry.

There is an awful lot of experience shared by that quartet, and their combined knowledge makes this a must for every serious wine lover's bookshelves. The perfect non-liquid Christmas present. 

Available both as a hard copy book ($59.95) or an e-book ($30) this is a book that offers much useful information regardless of the reader's level of expertise. 

It is being promoted as: "a book for anyone who enjoys wine and would like to know a little bit more about Australian wine", it covers topics including pruning, organic and biodynamic winemaking and different styles in no-nonsense detail. 

In one volume you have a comprehensive guide to the way grapes are grown, and how wine is made, along with sensory profiles of different grape varieties. A quick look through here will settle any number of wine arguments.

The 290 pages include text, maps, graphics and over 300 photographs. It would be most useful for staff training or as a wine course manual. Authoritative and highly recommended. 

Australian Wine: styles, and tastes, people and places is available through selected cellar doors, wine retail outlets and bookstores, as well as direct from

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