Last year Clare Valley masters Jim Barry chalked up 60 years in style, winning a swag of awards and continuing to dominate wine shows. But it’s their celebratory book, More Than a Lifetime’s Work, that piques interest – a must for any Jim Barry fan or those interested in the Clare Valley. Printed in large hardback format, the book can be personally signed upon request.
The opus is full of great yarns, quotes and historical photos, chronicling the history of
the Clare and the Barry family from the 1920s through to today’s fourth generation of winemakers. There are also detailed descriptions and analyses of their vineyards, including the legendary Armagh and Florita patches. Pour a glass of their Greek variety, assyrtiko – the current vintage is drinking magnificently – and settle in for a read.
To quote Peter Barry: “The most beautiful part of my life is knowing I am able to convey a sense of time, place and history through a single glass of wine to someone, somewhere in the world.”