About Us

Thank you for supporting The Real Reviews initiative. Welcome to The Real Review, the next step in our alliance and your go-to place online for:

  • Authentic, unbiased opinion on the most interesting, current wines in Australia and New Zealand
  • Cellar Talk wines, including Wines and Buys of the Week
  • Insightful commentary and news about wine and food
  • Food and restaurant trends relevant to the wine loving Australian and New Zealander

We taste more wines from Australia and New Zealand, including imports, than any other publication – over 10,000 per year!

We hope you enjoy The Real Review.

Principal Wine Writers

Bob Campbell MW
Bob Campbell ONZM MW
New Zealand

Bob Campbell ONZM MW was the second wine writer in the world (after Jancis Robinson) to become a Master of Wine. He estimates tasting over 100,000 wines since he began to formally record tasting notes. He is regarded as “Mr New Zealand Wine” within New Zealand and around the globe. Read more…

Huon Hooke
Huon Hooke
Australia

Huon Hooke is a leading Australian wine writer, critic, educator and show judge, best known for his columns in Sydney Morning Herald Good Food and Good Weekend. He judges several wine competitions each year, and was co-author of the Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide for 14 years. He has won nine awards for wine writing since he started in 1983. Read more…

Contributors

Stuart Knox
Stuart Knox
Australia

During his 20 years in the wine trade, Stuart Knox has been named the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Sommelier of the Year 2012, and accepted to become a Len Evans Tutorial scholar, of which there are only a dozen accepted nationally each year. He judges a number of well-known Australian wine shows, including the Sydney Royal Wine Show, the Hunter Valley Wine Show, the McLaren Vale Wine Show and the NSW Wine Awards. Read more…

Aaron Brasher
Aaron Brasher
Australia

With over 30 years’ experience in wine, Aaron Brasher’s wide-ranging career includes regional director, export panel judge at Wine Australia; head of business development at Winedepot; business development, marketing at top wineries in Australia; panel judge at AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course and many wine shows. He is a Len Evans Tutorial scholar, WSET educator (Advanced) and certified sommelier. Read more…

Gabrielle Poy
Gabrielle Poy
Australia

Gabrielle Poy is a highly experienced wine professional, educator, judge and buyer, and is a key part of a leading independent Melbourne wine retailer. She is a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, a WSET Diploma holder, AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course alumna and Len Evans Tutorial scholar. She is also the chair of judges of both the Riverina and Heathcote wine shows. Read more…

Anthony Rose
Anthony Rose
Europe

Anthony Rose is an award-winning wine writer and contributor to publications that include Decanter Magazine, The World of Fine Wine, The Financial Times How to Spend It online and the Oxford Companion to Wine. After co-chairing the Australia panel at the Decanter World Wine Awards for many years, he is now the chair for Southern Italy. Read more…

Steve Blandford
Steve Blandford
Italy

Steve an Aussie expat with over 30 years of experience in the wine industry, living in Italy amongst the vines of Barolo in the beautiful hills of the Langhe, Piemonte. He is an AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course graduate, two-time finalist of the Vin de Champagne Award, L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne member, wine educator and experienced taster, having judged at Boutique Wine Awards and many quality assessment panels. Read more…

Ralph Kyte-Powell
Ralph Kyte-Powell
Australia

Ralph Kyte-Powell has worked in and around the wine and hospitality industries for over 35 years, and has extensively travelled in Australia’s and the world’s wine regions. He had a wine column in Melbourne newspaper The Age for 20 years, co-authored the Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide for eight, writes in leading magazines in both Australia and New Zealand, and is a columnist at Good Food. Read more…


Guy Griffin
Guy Griffin
Principal Food Writer, Sydney

Guy Griffin has been writing about food and wine for more than twenty years. From 1997 to 2004, he was Australian Gourmet Traveller’s national and then NSW restaurant critic, was the reviewer for Fairfax Media’s the(sydney) magazine for a decade from 2004 and is a senior reviewer with the Good Food Guide as well as working with Tourism Australia and Australian Gourmet Traveller. Read more…

Stephanie Clifford-Smith
Stephanie Clifford-Smith
Sydney

Stephanie Clifford-Smith is a food writer and author. She co-edited the Sydney Eats restaurant guide for three years and now reviews for many guides including the Good Food Guide. Her work appears regularly in the Sydney Morning Herald and she’s also been published in The Australian, Qantas magazine, Australian Traveller, The Sun Herald, The Herald Sun, The Age, Voyeur and is widely syndicated. Read more…

Past Contributors

Amanda Yallop
Australia
Nick Butler
Australia

Management

Lars Herold
Lars Herold
Executive Director
Terence Ling
Terence Ling
Executive Director
peter
Peter Williams
Chairman

Operations

Ruth
Ruth Church
Client Relations
Emma Dodd
Emma Dodd
Client Relations
Deb Pearce
Deb Pearce
Online Production
vsaj@icloud.com
Victoria James
Events & Partnerships
Susan
Susan Nasey
Events & Partnerships
Kasia
Kasia Sobiesiak
Digital Wine Operations
richard
Dr Richard Mazzaferri
Software & IT
will@corkscore.com
Will Cox
Software & IT
Eddy
Eddy Knochs
Wine Samples Assistant