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{Giveaway} Win 1 of 10 Subscriptions to James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine

“Image above is a mock-up of the first edition as it is in production at the moment. This is purely a example of the look and feel of the magazine. So, how much do you know your wine? Want to know more about it, and upcoming varities to try? I know bugger all about wine....”

Dining | September 12, 2011
Wine Companion
{Giveaway} Win 1 of 10 Subscriptions to James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine

{Giveaway} Win 1 of 10 Subscriptions to James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine

Image above is a mock-up of the first edition as it is in production at the moment. This is purely a example of the look and feel of the magazine.

So, how much do you know your wine?

Want to know more about it, and upcoming varities to try?

I know bugger all about wine. My parents don’t drink, so I only got my first experience when I was of legal drinking age…. and here is what I know:

  • I like a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc
  • I don’t like dry wines like Chardonnay; I’m drinking to quench a thirst, not make myself more thirsty
  • I’m not much of a red wine drinker, unless it’s a sparkling Shiraz which I only discovered recently at Foxey’s Hangout
  • I love Moscato
  • I couldn’t tell you the difference between a $2 bottle of wine and a $100 bottle if you make me taste the difference
  • Goon bags make great pillow toys when you are a little kid

If you have about the same knowledge as me, then perhaps it’s time to learn a bit more so you can sound more sophisticated at dinner parties and the like.

Hardie Grant are taking the success of James Halliday’s Wine Companion and launching a magazine extension of the title in the Australian market this October. Along with the expert advice of James Halliday, award-winning wine critic Campbell Mattinson is the editor of the new Wine Companion Magazine.

The launch issue of Wine Companion will kick start regular features and content approaches from well known contributors and new voices including:

  • Tasting tips and tuition from James Halliday, Campbell and many more
  • 100 new tasting notes from James Halliday
  • 50 International wines tasted and rated by Ben Edwards
  • Travel through the great wine regions of Australia and the world
  • Stunning recipes for specific varietals, great advice on food and wine matching plus recipes from Ben O Donohue and Gay Bilson
  • Lunch interviews with wine makers, cheese makers, cider makers, coffee roasters and brewers

An iPad version will also accompany each issue, with extra content and functionality. The cover price of the new magazine will be $9.95 and on sale from October 28, 2011.


You could win 1 of 10 subscriptions

How to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what your favourite wine is
  2. ‘Like’ Iron Chef Shellie’s facebook page or follow Iron Chef Shellie on Twitter

Competition is open to Australian residents only.

One entry per person.

Entries close 10th October, and winners will be chosen at random. Successful entries will be announced and notified on Wednesday 12th October 2011.

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{Giveaway} Win 1 of 10 Subscriptions to James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine

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32 comments on “{Giveaway} Win 1 of 10 Subscriptions to James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine
  1. Clarissa - September 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    My level of knowledge and tastes are pretty much the same as yours, but I would love to know more.

    My favourite wine is the Innocent Bystander pink moscato, lovely and fresh for summer.

    I don’t have facebook, but I follow you on twitter, I hope that counts!

  2. Erwin@TheLearnerChef - September 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I very new to wine and haven’t tried a lot but I do love my red wines, especially a good shiraz!!! It’s hard when you’re always the taxi driver :(

  3. Samantha - September 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Being a student and all, anything that is not out of a cask is always a delight! But in all seriousness, I would love to win this for my Dad who continues to make valiant efforts to improve my palate- it’s something we really love to have fun with together.

  4. Bri - September 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    My favourite wine variety is gewurztraminer – it’s nicely fruity and goes well with most foods that I eat! It can be harder to find, though.

    I have many favourite wines, my latest new find is Te Whare Ra “Toru” GRP, which is a blend of gewurztraminer, riesling and pinot gris. I had it at a restaurant in Melbs last week, and am trying to find out if I can buy it anywhere down here in HObart! No luck so far…,.

  5. Bianca @ The Cooking Capers - September 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I’d have to say that my favourite wine is Cabernet Sauvignon! I never used to be much of a red wine drinker, either! I would only drink sweet white wines, however, after an abundance of wine tastings and actually getting into wine a lot more, I now appreciate reds a lot more and find that they have more depth and an interest that whites don’t. I was in the same boat as you, too! My mum doesn’t drink at all, so my first experience with wine (not alcohol in general.. haha) was only two or so years ago! I’ve learnt a lot since then but definitely have a long way to go :P!

  6. Alana - September 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’m entering on behalf of Laurie! His favourite wine is a fine Shiraz! I love a cold sav blanc or a glass of moscato like you!

  7. JSYL - September 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Champagne all the way!

  8. Erin@TheFoodMentalist - September 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    What a wonderful prize! My favourite wine is Pinot or a sweet sticky :) yum!

  9. Lianne - September 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    My favourite wine is Brown Brother’s Moscato! Makes me smile with the slightly bubbly and sweet finish! (: Perfect wine for desserts which is of course one of my favourite courses!

  10. Andrew billington - September 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I love wine.
    I love Victorian wine.
    We have some of the finest cool climate Pinot noir and Chardonnay around, created by some very talented winemakers with love, passion and attitude. This is wine to drink, enjoy and taste a little bit of the place it came from, the weather it grew in and the love that went into creating it.

    Some of my favorite wines (not by vintage but by producer and varietal) include:

    1. Curley flat Chardonnay (their 2nd cheaper williams crossings label is also good)
    2. Dexter pinot noir
    3. Yabby lake Chardonnay (their 2nd cheaper red claw label is also good)
    4. Moorooduc estate

    I am also very fond of grinner vetlinger and very approachable, good food white wine from austria.

    If you like sav blanc, then try drinking a French sancerre, for a totally different taste from the same grape, showing how much wine is influenced by where it is grown, but most of all try some different, theres a wonderful world of wine out there and enjoy :-)

    – Oceans eight
    – Dexter
    – Curley flat
    – yabby

  11. Lisa @ Blithe Moments - September 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    In white, I love a sauvignon blanc, and while I tend to try to stick to the many great Australian wines, I do find myself drawn to the NZ Marlborough region for them.

    In red, I go for a cabernet sauvignon or a shiraz. I adore Australian reds, we have such amazing depth of flavour.

    And in sparkling, the dryer the better in my opinion! I love the Chandon ZD but you can win my heart with a bottle of Bollinger Brute de Brute.

  12. Roxanne - September 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    After a few years being just like you I started working at a winery restaurant and discovered so many different flavours and options!! I’d say your best option is to go do a few winery tours and do lots of tastings, that way you’ll start to recognise the different flavours and what you like! My personal favourite wine I tasted lately was the 2008 Paringa Estate Shiraz! Liquid gold!!

  13. leaf (the indolent cook) - September 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I don’t know enough about wine and would love to learn more. My favourite is Pedro Ximenez – it’s lush!

  14. Daniel - September 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I have to pick just one … hmmm … OK. Tarrawarra “Tin Cows” merlot. Any year, really, but it needs a few years in the bottle to be its best.

    A great red because it’s light enough to be drinkable all year round, complex enough to match with red meat but not over powering if you want to match it with pork or even pasta (though that’s more of a stretch). And it’s well-priced – usually in the $25-$30 range from a bottle shop or the cellar door.

  15. Isobel - September 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    My favourite wines is Aria reisling from pegasus bay in New Zealand. so delicious! All of the pegasus bay wines are very good! very excited about the launch of this magazine!!

  16. Kathy Mason - September 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I like anything that is sweet and chilled.

  17. Tracy Boulter - September 20, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Lindemans Early Harvest white or red both suit my palette as only a light drinker.

  18. Linda Hynson - September 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    jacobs creek unwooded chardonay:-)

  19. Kiri - September 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    2006 Tapanappa “Whalebone Vineyard” Cabernet Shiraz. Great Australian blend from Wrattonbully near Coonawarra!!

  20. tricia - October 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Semillon is my favourite at the moment, but it’s always changing!

  21. Josie - October 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    After spending last weekend in the Barossa and tasting lots of wines I hadn’t tried before, my new favourite is Saltram’s Shadowood 2007 Semillon

  22. Tess Howard - October 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I love the Janz sparkling; (I am Tasmanian so a bit biased), but after a recent weekend to Hunter Valley, I’ve fallen in love with Semillons. Particularly Constable Estate Vineyards Sparkling Cuvee made with Semillon grapes….so perfect for spring.

  23. Joanne - October 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Penfold’s Bin 389 – it is just to die for.

  24. Kate - October 5, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Wallington Bald Hill Dry Red

  25. Sara - October 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Total pinotphile… Ninth Mile Pinot Noir last night was great, Mornington Pen’s Pinot Noir too… Stonier, Paringa, Kooyong… the list goes on. Deliciousness in a glass.

  26. Craig Squires - October 8, 2011 at 12:25 am

    My Father-in-law has a small 10 acre vineyard in Maryborough, Victoria. Every year he sells his Shiraz and Chardonnay grapes, but keeps some for himself that he gets a local wine maker to produce. Consistently the wine is sensational and I can’t get enough. I’d love to see him go into production of his own label, which I think would be a screaming success. I would love for Mr James Halliday to try a sample of his wines and give his valued opinion to my Father-in-law and maybe even encourage him to go into production of his own label.

  27. Ryan - October 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Rockford Basket Press.

  28. Leah Butcher - October 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Footbolt Shiraz

  29. Justin Frick - October 10, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz is one of my favourites – I love Barossa Shiraz – and living there makes that a coincidence an absolute pleasure in life.

  30. Sarah Morrison - October 10, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Château Cheval-Blanc :)

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