Designed to help the buyer to make informed choices about the best quality wines available, this title is firmly established as the most authoritative and sought-after guide to New Zealand wines. Updated yearly with new tasting tes and ratings, this is a 'must-have' publication for the new initiate and the established wine-buff alike. Divided by grape variety to help selection, this comprehensive guide includes vintage ratings, star ratings for quality, and a dryness/sweetness guide. Other features include Classic Wines: wines that consistently achieve an outstanding level of quality for at least three vintages.
Michael Cooper is New Zealand's most acclaimed wine writer, with 40 books and several major literary awards to his credit, including the Montana Medal for the supreme work of non-fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards for his magnum opus, Wine Atlas of New Zealand. In the 2004 New Year Honours, Michael was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to wine writing. Author of the country's biggest-selling wine book, the annual New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide, now in its 24th edition, he was awarded the Sir George Fistonich Medal in recognition of services to New Zealand wine in 2009. The award is made each year at the country's largest wine competition, the New Zealand International Wine Show, to a 'living legend' of New Zealand wine. The weekly wine columnist for the New Zealand Listener, he is also New Zealand editor of Australia's Winestate magazine and chairman of its New Zealand tasting panel.