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A Christmas gift : A history of the early days of the Margaret River wine industry

Published 13th June, 2017 in Behind the Book

The Margaret River region of Australia’s south-west is internationally renowned for its award-winning wines. There are now more than 200 wineries, predominantly boutique style, in the region, producing more than 20% of Australia’s premium wine market.  The Way It Was by Peter Forrestal and Ray Jordan tells the story of the  early days of the region’s wine industry, from the first plantings by Dr Tom Cullity in 1967 through an informative text and many illustrations. Due for release in November.

Peter Forrestal has been a freelance wine and food writer for 25 years. He has judged international, national and regional wine and food competitions; contributed to newspapers, magazines and books, locally, nationally and internationally; and is a wine columnist for the Sunday Times, West Australian, Perth Weekly and Homes and Living, as well as being food and wine editor of the Western Review; Western Australian correspondent for Gourmet Traveller; and long-time contributor to its annual Restaurant Guide. Peter has been a regular commentator on wine on radio, for many years enjoying a monthly spot on ABC Statewide in New South Wales with John Clarke.

Over the past twenty years, Peter Forrestal has become familiar with virtually all of the wine regions of Australia. As well as this, he has toured extensively overseas visiting vineyards and wineries in many parts of world.  Peter’s 33 publications include The Global Encyclopedia of Wine (Harper Collins) which was published in the Australia, the USA, Canada, and New Zealand; Discover Australia: Wineries (Random House); and A Taste of the Margaret River (Ocean Glimpses).

Ray Jordan is one of Australia’s most experienced wine journalists with nearly 40 years experience in the industry. His first articles were published in the early issues of the national wine magazine Winestate in the late 70s when he worked in Sydney as a correspondent for The West Australian newspaper. Ray is currently Wine Editor for The West Australian and writes two regular weekly columns in The West Australian Fresh Section and Saturday Magazine, while also contributing to other publications.  Ray co-hosts a regular wine show on Curtin FM radio and has been called upon to judge at the Swan Valley Wine Show, the Barossa Wine Show, the Perth Hills Wines Show, the Geographe Wine Show and the Sheraton Wine Awards. He has been awarded the Jack Mann Medal for his contribution to the West Australian wine industry.


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