It’s Wine-ing Cats and Dogs

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First there was ‘Wine Dogs’, now ‘Wine Cats’. The creators of the successful ‘Wine Dogs: The Dogs of Australian Wineries’ picture books have released a feline equivalent: a 128-page hardback featuring 92 cats attached to wineries in Australia, New Zealand and the US. After 12 dog books that have taken the publishers, Sydney photographer Craig McGill and designer Susan Elliott, many times around the wine regions of Australia and North America, as well as New Zealand and Italy, they’ve broken the mould. The design has also changed, with a larger format, which better displays the pictures and has greater coffee-table appeal. There are essays by several scribes, including yours truly and Kiwi Bob Campbell – who claims his cat can detect cork taint. A useful creature, but most are just ratters and mousers. It’s $34 from participating wineries, bookshops, or from www.winecats.com.

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