Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion tasting panel member & freelance wine writer
|How long have you been working with wine?
I have been a journalist for 44 years. I was a cadet when I started the wine column at The Sun News-Pictorial (now Herald-Sun). It was the biggest selling newspaper of its day and starting the column as a reporter in the (then) women’s section of the paper (it would be called the lifestyle section today) was something that spurred me on to write about wine for a living.
|What is the most memorable moment you have experienced during your wine journey?
Being named Wine Communicator of the Year in 2014.
|What is the most recent addition to your cellar?
I buy Tahbilk Marsanne every year. I bought the museum release 2014 Marsanne which is drinking superbly. It won’t last long in my house.
|What are you enjoying drinking right now?
I am enjoying drinking the wines I have discovered or been impressed by as part of my Halliday Companion tasting duties for the 2022 book release next year. I have a couple of glasses at the end of each tasting day with dinner. I can’t let good wines go to waste and it’s always good to take a second – or third – look.
|What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to start their career in wine?
It’s the same advice I would give to anyone choosing a career: love what you do.
|Halliday Wine Companion is the proud sponsor of Manuel Conti in the Best Sommelier of Australia 2020.|