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The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 - Nick Stock

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Renowned Australian wine expert, Nick Stock

Renowned Australian wine expert, Nick Stock

The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010


Nick Stock, author of the 2010 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide, was awarded Best Drinks Journalist at the 2007 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards in 2007, so you immediately know you are in good hands here.

In his second year in the Wine Guide hotseat, Stock has again lifted the bar, with over 8000 wines tasted and the addition of a few new engaging extras to satisfy all us passionate ‘cork dorks’ out there.

In the 2009 edition, Stock, for the first time included dedicated chapters on New Zealand pinot noirs and sauvignon blancs. Reflecting our expanding passion for wines from Australia's ''eighth state', Stock this year includes a dedicated chapter on the finest New Zealand pinot gris as well as a selection of fine New Zealand chardonnays, rieslings and syrahs (who here started calling it shiraz anyway?)

In this edition you will also find an expansion of the popular Champagne (the real stuff) section and of imported wines. I was happy to see an increase in the German rieslings, to which I am rather partial.

One thing I would like to see is a suggestion of where these European wines can be purchased - though I would assume this may be seen as bias towards certain wine stores. Your local quality wine shop should be able to assist you in sourcing them, I’m sure.

As always, some of Stock’s wealth of knowledge is gently imparted along the way, including the benefits of decanting quality young wines, ‘to shake them loose of their youthful shell and spark them into life’.

Congratulations to Yalumba who were awarded 'Winery of the Year' and to Vanya Cullen and Cullen Wines for 'Winemaker of the Year' and both 'Wine of the Year' and 'Best Chardonnay' for the 2007 Kevin John Chardonnay.

Also to Mornington Peninsula’s Mike Alwyard at Ocean Eight for 'Best New Winery'. His Verve Chardonnay and Ocean Eight Pinot Noir both receive a 93/100 from Stock - watch this space indeed.

I’ll also be on the look out for the Dr Loosen Riesling (you’ll have to buy the book to find out exactly which one) which not only wins Stock’s nod of approval as the 'Best Imported White Wine' but also as the most drinkable wine - hands down.

The extended regional maps section is good as is the return of my favourite last year, the regional guide section that included top picks in a selection of key regions for cellar doors, varietals, cafes, restaurants, the all important best local pubs and both posh and budget lodging options.

Finally, the book finishes once again with the wonderful The Penguin Bloody Mary recipe within which is included the following:

'The acidity stimulate alkaline stomach juices, the vodka kick-starts the breakdown of impurities in the blood and the spices fire the metabolism. Best taken either with or instead of breakfast'.

Nice to know just why it tastes so good!


The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide by Nick Stock is published by Penguin Books (Australia; 2009). RRP A$24.95 and Winepros Archive subscribers and Members can purchase The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide at 12.5% discount off RRP (postage extra) from our book partners Seekbooks »

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