Australian Wine Vintages, 2005: Gold Book

Bradley, Robin

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Synopsis: The Australian Wine Vintages 2004 Gold Book™ is the world’s number-1 selling pocket wine guide, having sold over 950,000 copies worldwide since its 1979 introduction.

Updated annually, the Gold Book™ is arguably the planet’s premier must-have guide to every drinkable wine produced in Australia and a handy resource for not only the ordinary consumer, but also the avid wine collector.

In its 22nd edition, and long considered the bible, the Gold Book™ is a 420-page, five-color, soft-cover, pocket-sized encyclopedia, which includes over 14,720 entries, 1,546 wines from 366 winemakers and full-color reproductions of virtually each wine label.

Each wine is ranked out of a maximum of 5 stars by author Robin Bradley (including some superb wines which earn the Gold Star status - among the great wines of the world)

In addition, the winemaker rates each vintage of each wine (from 1 to 7) and stipulates the ideal year to drink it. There is also a dollar value calculated for every entry (except where the ideal time to have drunk the wine is prior to now).

About the Author: Robin Bradley was born in Melbourne, Australia, to a musical family on St. Valentine's Day in 1937.

His earliest experiences with wine were at the family's Sunday roasts, where all the children were given a glass of wine and water, the proportions of the former increasing and the latter decreasing as the children grew older.

After matriculating at the age of 15, he found that Melbourne University would not accept him until he turned 17, so he studied to be a concert pianist.

Lack of talent, he says, intervened, and, after a succession of jobs which included delivering groceries and teaching piano, he joined the A.B.C. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Writing Talks and Programming in 1957.

During this time he was accepted as a member of Les Amis du Bon Vin, a small but intensely dedicated wine-tasting group, a chapter of which he later started in 1966 during his four years in London.

Returning to Australia, he started a wholesale wine business specializing in small vineyard wines in 1972.

Out of this increasing preoccupation with wine grew the idea of a huge international wine exhibition, and in 1976 Expovin was born. He co-organized eleven of these exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, a task that necessitated many visits to winemaking areas in France, Germany and the United States.

By this time he had written many magazine and newspaper articles on wine as well as appearing on TV and radio programs, so a book was inevitable.

The first book appeared in 1977-"Three Days of Wine"-edited transcripts of the 1976 Expovin seminar, to be followed a year later by "The Australian Wine Pocket Book," which sold 24,000 copies.

The idea of the unique "Australian Wine Vintages" series of books came to him when he sought a format wherein there was less opinion and more referable fact.

The wine-drinking public's remarkable acceptance of the concept appears to have vindicated his belief in the superiority of data over verbiage.

There are now 20 editions of the "Australian Wine Vintages" books with total sales now well over 800,000. Other books include two editions of "Small Wineries of Australia."

Compilation, publication and marketing of the Gold Book™, as it has become known, now take up most of his time, apart from that which he devotes to his hobbies of playing piano, composing music for his daughter Louisa and painting.

He is looking forward to producing the 25th edition in the year 2007, after which he intends to drink some of the product on which the book is based.

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