2022 seems to be one of those years where just about everything is happening, a mad rush to return to some form of normality. That said, it’s perfect timing to publish this – GT WINE’s 25th anniversary issue – in such a year; we couldn’t have hoped for better timing.
Editor-in-chief Judy Sarris maps out her fondest memories of the past quarter century of GT WINE, where I hope you’ll not just enjoy a few moments reminiscing, but also consider some future predictions. It’s always difficult to say what will come next in this ever-changing industry. Speaking of predictions, we present our annual first round reveal of finalists for the 25th Winemaker of the Year Awards. As always, it’s a tough choice. I don’t envy the job of our judging panel.
With international borders well and truly opening, now’s the time to start thinking about overseas adventures and it’s all things France this issue – no doubt a country at the top of many intrepid wine-lovers’ lists. Sara Underdown gives us the lowdown on Paris’ top Champagne bars, Lauren Jade Hill provides a worthy gastronomic itinerary from Dijon to Marseille, while Daniel Airoldi puts forward his thoughts on the challenging 2021 Bordeaux vintage following the region’s recent En Primeur tasting.
Closer to home, Angharad Davies tells us how best to spend a weekend in Geelong’s stunning Moorabool Valley, while you’ll find Brendan Black’s case for a visit to the western Victorian region of Henty. And, if travel isn’t on the cards at the moment, you can venture to the Mediterranean via your kitchen with Sicilian chef Lino Sauro, who has shared favourite dishes from his Sydney-based fine diner Olio, along with stellar wine matches from resident expert Peter Bourne.
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It’s not every day you turn 25. What better way to celebrate than with a glass of Champagne. Photography Courtesy of Dilettantes.