James Halliday’s articles

It’s a vigneron’s lot

It’s a vigneron’s lot

Talk to a farmer about the weather and it’s too wet, too dry, too hot, too cold. But if you were a grape grower (who’s a farmer) in Murrumbateman in the Canberra District a two-word description would be useless. On January 3 this year a tornado one...

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Mount Mary’s way

Mount Mary’s way

All the wineries of Margaret River and Yarra Valley were established by families over a similar timeframe. The first 10 wineries ran from 1967 to 1975 in Margaret River, and 1962 to 1972 in the Yarra Valley. These dates come from the Halliday Wine...

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1999 J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône

1999 J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône

It's arguable that the best value red wines of France are those of the southern Rhône Valley's Côtes-du-Rhône. The colour is moving from youth towards maturity, the gently spicy/savoury aromas still leave plenty of room for the purple fruits to...

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