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Looking forward to giving a talk as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week 2017

2.00 pm Saturday 1st July at Armadale Cellars 813-817 High St Armadale.

Admission is free. To book visit

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The early 1960s saw the emergence of table wine and the genesis of Australia’s modern wine industry. This heralded the birth of contemporary wine writing and vinous literature in the guise of pamphlets, books and magazines.

The likes of Walter Senior James, Oscar Mendelsohn, Dan Murphy, Len Evans and latterly James Halliday helped popularise table wine. Now today’s social media has spawned a plethora of wine bloggers. So much so there is almost as much written about wine as there are wine labels!

Wine writer, broadcaster and historian Michael Hince takes a look at wine in print from the late 1950’s to today in its various guises. From the birth of The Australian Gourmet and The Epicurean magazines in 1966 and classic books like Walter James’s The Gadding Vine (1955) and Sam Benwell’s Journey to Wine in Victoria (1960) through to current writing by the likes of James Halliday, David Dunstan and Max Allen.

So if you have a nose for wine, enjoy an odd glass or two and like reading about wine and gastronomy, you will enjoy this fascinating glimpse into Australian wine in print.

This event is part of Armadale Cellars 20th Birthday Tasting Festival program (May–September 2017), celebrating the last two decades with current and museum tastings from some of Phil’s favourite boutique and premium producers.


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