The following letter was sent to the Weekend Australian Magazine
(4-5 November, 2017). I was embarrassed for our top wine writer to see him styled in the magazine holding a metal (pewter, silver?) wine goblet (and a very hideous one at that).
The yearly wine issue is a pleasure and source of useful information but who on earth “styled” the images of an embarrassed James Halliday? I assume the tawdry trappings of this erudite and respected wine writer are styling him as a king of wine. A noble concept but the metal goblet was gauche back in the 70s. To have Mr Halliday holding a wine receptacle in metal today is astounding. We’ve come a long way in our drinking sophistication to want to hold glass, to see the clarity and colour of the wine and have it at optimum temperature. Please don’t encourage us to dig out our hideous pewter wedding presents!