Christmas wishes

Well, it's that time of year again: for we antipodeans, increasingly warm weather heralds the arrival of Christmas, as surely as fresh cherries appear in the markets, and queues at the seafood stalls lengthen.  I would like to take this moment to wish you a happy and enjoyable Christmas and new year, and to thank my readers, family and friends and the wineries, importers and retailers who have supported me in writing Grape Observer, which is shortly to commence its third year.

As with wine, I have discovered that I am hoping to achieve balance in writing.  My initial brief wine review style has given way to fuller and hopefully more interesting explanations, and my appreciation of the many diverse styles of wines from and within the world's many regions has increased rather than ossified: in no small part due to the many people I have met and continue to meet with a shared passion for wine.  I hope you continue to enjoy this review in the new year, and thank you for your support.
December 24, 2011
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