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Saturday 24 March 2018

Wine in print: a fascinating retrospective

The world of wine has changed dramatically since the 1950s - and nowhere more so than in the way the topic is covered by the media. 

Writer and communicator Michael Hince will take a look at the world of wine writing in a presentation at Armadale Cellars, in Melbourne, from 2pm on Saturday, June 30. 

Writer, broadcaster and historian Hince will take a thorough look at the history of wine in print in its various guises from the late 1950s to today.

The publication of classic books like Walter James's The Gadding Vine (1955) and Sam Benwell's Journey to Wine in Victoria (1960) to the birth of The Australian Gourmet and The Epicurean magazines in 1966 through to current writing by the likes of James Halliday, Jeremy Oliver, David Dunstan and Max Allen will be covered. 

Hince promises a fascinating look at the genesis of Australia's modern wine industry through the eyes, words and pages of those who wrote and spoke about it.

The late 1950s and early 1960s heralded the birth of contemporary wine writing and vinous literature in the guise of pamphlets, books and magazines. The likes of Oscar Mendelsohn, Dan Murphy, Max Lake, Len Evans and latterly James Halliday, helped popularise table wine and educate many a palate.

Now today's online and social media has spawned a plethora of wine bloggers. So much so there is almost as much written about wine as there are wine labels! Yes, I plead guilty, your honour!

The event will be part of Melbourne Rare Book Week 2018 and is also part of Armadale Cellars 21st birthday celebrations. Light refreshments will be served.

Admission is free however places are limited.

Book on…/1025975-a-glassful-…  or phone Armadale Cellars (03) 9509 3055.

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