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Wine: Australian Wine Legend James Halliday to Open Conference

The Wine Media Conference is pleased to announce that James Halliday, one of the leading observers and commentators on the Australian wine scene, will be kicking off the Wine Media Conference on October 10, 2019 in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.  James has written or contributed to over 70 books (some translated into five languages) over the past 45 years, including the Oxford Companion to Wine and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide.

His journalistic accolades include a weekly wine column for the National Times from 1978 to 1984, a weekly wine column since 1984 for The Weekend Australian newspaper, and the annual 774-page Halliday Wine Companion (  Over the decades, James has written for many Australian and overseas magazines, contributing to every issue of the Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, as well as numerous others on a come-and-go basis.

Other honors include the Maurice O’Shea Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Wine Industry 1995 (other winners include Max Schubert and Len Evans) and being made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services for the wine industry.

Additional content and speakers will be added to the Agenda page as they are confirmed.

Joe Wehinger
Joe Wehinger (nicknamed Joe Winger) has written for over 20 years about the business of lifestyle and entertainment. Joe is an entertainment producer, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and C-level consultant who owns businesses in entertainment, lifestyle, tourism and publishing. He is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, member of the Directors Guild of America, International Food Travel Wine Authors Association, WSET Level 2 Wine student, WSET Level 2 Cocktail student, member of the LA Wine Writers. Email to:
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