First published in 1979, Australian Wines Vintages, The Gold Book was Australia’s very first wine guide. It is a strictly independent and thoroughly comprehensive reference and review guide to Australia’s greatest wineries and most significant vintages for the benefit of even the most educated on the subject.
The Gold Book reviews are the result of the hard work of a community of highly qualified tasters from across the wine industry including winemakers, wine buyers, consultants, and sommeliers.
Putting together the 528-page publication is an enormous production of epic proportions, with thousands of wines being tasted over a period of 12 months. The Gold Book is an ode to the love of wine and the result is an Australian wine tome that arguably surpasses all wine reference books on the market.
The Gold Book is not just for the serious collector but also speaks to wine lovers that are on a budget. One of the most valuable sections of the book is ‘Top Ten Wines for Every Budget’ starting with $20 and under, with number one being the 2011 De Bortoli Deen de Bortoli Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon at $14, and finishing with $70 and under, and the 2010 Alkoomi Wines Blackbutt Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Cabernet Franc at $62.
Author and Master of Wine, Rob Geddes, has been penning The Gold Book for the past decade. He says there has never been a greater need for an independent wine review than now.
“Australia has recently seen an increase in many lesser quality wines bottled to keep up with demand, particularly with the ever popular Shiraz. In terms of navigating customers through this huge market to find quality, The Gold Book is a valuable tool and sets a bench mark for reviews that are honest,”said Geddes.
Geddes has noted that even past editions of The Gold Book are gaining traction on the secondary market as consumers seek credible reviews of older vintages.
The Gold Book has almost become an investment, like the exceptional vintage wines reviewed on its pages.
“Like good wine Australian Wine Vintages, The Gold Book becomes sought after with age and increases in value,” says Geddes.
For the digitally savvy consumer, the guide can also be accessed through the Australian Wine Vintages App available at the App Store for $9.99.
Purchasers of the book gain access to the App and its content free of charge.
The hip pocket sized Australian Wine Vintages 2018 – The Gold Book makes the perfect Christmas, personal, or corporate gift for anyone interested in wine from the casual dabbler to the serious collector.
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