JO = Jeremy Oliver
Jeremy Oliver is one of Australia's foremost wine writers and presenters. He is a widely read and fully independent commentator whose words are published in several countries.
Jeremy Oliver's style is typically unambiguous and to the point. Because he is not associated with any wine producer or distributor, he believes he can say what he wants to… and does. He is also one of the only wine writers in Australia with a formal tertiary training in winemaking and viticulture. He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne and studied winemaking at Roseworthy College, South Australia. He strongly believes that if you're going to write critically about wine, the least you can do is to learn how to grow and make it.
JH = James Halliday
Leading wine critic and vigneron James Halliday has a career that spans over 40 years, but he is most widely known for his witty and informative writing about wine. As one of the founders of Brokenwood in the Lower Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia, and thereafter founder of Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, James is an unmatched authority on every aspect of the wine industry, from planting and pruning of vines through to the creation and marketing of the finished product. His winemaking has led him to sojourns in Bordeaux and Burgundy, and he is constantly in demand as a wine judge in Australia and overseas.
WA = The Wine Advocate (inc Robert Parker, Jay Miller, Neil Martin & co.)
Robert Park Jr. was the founder and creator of the The Wine Advocate and it’s first issue was published in 1978. Parker is an acclaimed wine critic and is well known for his knowledge of French Bordeaux wines.
BC = Bob Campbell
He is one of the few New Zealanders to hold the title of Master of Wine. In 1990, Bob Campbell founded the Wine Gallery in Auckland based on the wine school, and more than 18,000 people have attended courses on wine and wine seminars he has led, all over New Zealand. Apart from educating people on wine, he is a fine writer and a great communicator. He is the editor of Cuisine Magazine, wine columnist for The Independent and often contributes to publications in New Zealand and seven other countries, including the benchmark magazine in the United States, Wine Spectator.
TS = Tyson Stelzer
Is an accomplished wine writer and critic. With seven wine books, including best-seller Taste Food and Wine with UK writer Matthew Jukes.
WS = Wine Spectator
A well-known wine magazine which is published monthly worldwide. They have a host of wine critics who contribute their ratings and notes on wines tasted.
AC = Andrew Caillard MW
Andrew Caillard, MW is a specialist wine auctioneer, co-founder of Langton's Wine Auctions and publisher of the highly influential Langton's Classification of Australian Wine. He is the author of Langton's Wine Guides (5 editions), Langton's online journals, Penfolds Rewards of Patience (4 editions) and a regular columnist and tasting panelist for Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine. He was an inaugural panel judge of Australia's Wine List of the Year.
CM = Campbell Mattinson
Campbell Mattinson is an Australian writer and critic who has specialised in wine since 2000. He began a journalism cadetship in 1987 and has worked as a journalist, editor, publisher, and freelance writer ever since.
JR = Jancis Robinson
Jancis writing career began on 1 Dec 1975, virtually pre-history as far as modern wine is concerned, when she started as assistant editor of the British wine trade magazine Wine & Spirit. Since then she has been lucky enough to travel all over the world of wine learning that our expanding wine world is inhabited by some of the most colourful and interesting characters that ever walked the earth. Jancis is a well known wine author with countless books to her name.
AM = Allen Meadows (Burghound)
Allen Meadows was a finance executive for 25 years, holding a variety of positions, including stints as the senior vice-president and director of corporate development for Great Western Financial and chief financial officer for Fidelity National.
In 1999 he elected to retire to author a book on the subject of Burgundy but a year later decided to found Burghound.com, a quarterly review that is presently devoted exclusively to the coverage of Burgundy/Pinot Noir.
Burghound.com was the first of its kind to offer specialized, and more importantly, exhaustive coverage of a specific wine region. The first Issue was released in January of 2001 and there are now readers in 51 different countries. Meadows spends four months a year in Burgundy and visits more than 300 domaines during that time. 2009 marks his 30th year of visiting the region and its producers.
WN = Winery/Winemaker Note
SF = Scott Farraway (Wineaway)
MY = My Personal Note