Highly regarded wine writer Joelle Thomson de-mystifies the task of choosing the right wine, outlines the merits of shopping online, suggests descriptive wine words to drop into conversation, finds glassware and decanters and gives definitive advice regarding wines to put in the cellar and when to drink them. Her personal recommendations are included in a buyer's guide to individual styles and varieties, offering choices for local shoestring sensations, guaranteed top-notch buys and classy international selections.
Joelle Thomson is one of New Zealand's foremost wine writers. She wrote her first wine column in 1994, and today is the wine writer for The Dominion Post in Wellington. She is the editor of Drinksbiz and contributes to New Zealand Wine Grower, among other publications. A wine educator at the NZ School of Food & Wine, Joelle has judged wine competitions in New Zealand and Australia, and is a member of the British-based Circle of Wine Writers. Her other books include Celebrating New Zealand Wine, the best-selling annual Buyer's Wine Guide series (New Holland 1999-2005) and The Wild Bunch: Movers, shakers and groundbreakers of the New Zealand wine industry.