How exciting that travel plans may now exist as something more than a figurative yo-yo, in our calendars one day and struck off the next. With that positive notion in mind, our annual 50 Wine Experiences is bound to inspire plenty of wanderlust, this year homing in on the world-class wine adventures across Australia and New Zealand.
Speaking of good things happening across the ditch, our NZ Winemaker of the Year judging panel has spoken and you’ll find the six exceptional finalists they have put forward. We can’t wait to announce the winners of our awards, once again supported by Vintec, in late January.
Of course, ‘tis the season for all things celebratory and sparkling; you’ll find our tasting panel’s pick of the top Tasmanian bubbles worth hunting down, while the GT WINE team and I showcase a dozen magnificent Champagne Blanc de Blancs we were lucky enough to shortlist from a blind tasting. It’s a tough gig sometimes.
For the nebbiolo fans, Tom Kline makes his feature debut, exploring the nuances of Alto Piemonte, while Split-based Jane Foster takes us on a journey across Croatia’s rugged Pelješac Peninsula. Back closer to home, Danielle Costley puts forward her itinerary for a leisurely few days in the Great Southern; Marcus Best tells us his must-visit ‘by appointment only’ producers in northern Tasmania and Toni Paterson MW shares the inspiring story of Jeffrey Grosset’s Polish Hill River Riesling.
Lastly, we were thrilled to receive a significant number of quality entries for this year’s New Wine Writer Award, including some from the US and the UK. You’ll find the winning piece here – I hope you enjoy reading it is as much as we did.
ON THE COVER
Worth leaving home for: sparkling and freshly shucked oysters, here at Moorilla Estate. Photography by Jesse Hunniford.