The Wine Front is an independent review site for consumers. It is a subscriber-only service and has been since it started in 2002. It’s run by Gary Walsh, Campbell Mattinson and Mike Bennie. Each year thousands of new wine reviews and comments are published here. All wines are given a score out of 100 and a ‘best drinking’ window. All past reviews, articles and comments remain on the site and can be accessed by subscribers (only). Most of The Wine Front’s content is only available to paid-up Subscribers.

The Wine Front is all about independent, thorough wine advice.

All material on The Wine Front is protected by copyright, and should not be reproduced in any form without written consent from one or both of the publishers (Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh). Any reproduction of material from The Wine Front without permission is a breach of copyright.

Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh were the co-authors of the Big Red Wine Book in 2009 and 2010.


Is the Editor/Publisher of The Wine Front and the Editor of James Halliday’s Wine Companion magazine.  Until recently he was the SUNDAY Magazine wine columnist. He won the Best Australian Sports Writing Award in 1996, an Independent Young Writer of the Year Award in 1995, and the Wine Press Club Wine Communicator Award in both 2005 and 2007. He was the founding editor of Australian Sommelier Magazine.

In 2006 he released the book Wine Hunter: The Man Who Changed Australian Wine, a biography of the Hunter Valley winemaking legend Maurice O’Shea (published by Hachette Australia). The book won the NSW Wine Press Club Wine Communicator Award and was described by James Halliday as “one of the most remarkable wine books to ever come my way”. He’s also published Why the French Hate US: The Real Story of Australian Wine and The Big Red Wine Book (Hardie Grant, 2008, 2009, 2010).


Was the publisher of the successful internet review site, is the former wine editor for Inside Out Magazine and is currently co-publisher of Australia’s most active subscription based wine review website – – proudly independent since 2002. Also, he’s a contributor to the new iPhone app, The Wineosphere, which is quietly revolutionizing how we talk about, and buy, wine. He has a philosophy (if you could call it anything so lofty) of reviewing wine with levity and a light heart, but a firm hand. Twenty something years of obsessive wine tasting, he thinks, gives him some sort of excuse for being published. He’s also co-author of the previous two editions of The Big Red Wine Book (Hardie Grant Publishers) and likes to write about himself in the third person. He’s a great guy.


Is a freelance wine writer, journalist and presenter who kicked his wine career off with Sydney’s Best Cellars where he initially honed his skills in the fine art of shelf stacking, eventually outlasting everyone else there to take on the General Manager’s role servicing the top end of Sydney’s wine market. Mike threw in the towel and went freelance wine dude in 2008.

Mike Bennie is a freelance wine and drinks writer and journalist, wine judge and presenter based in Sydney, Australia. Mike is the Editor-At-Large and contributor to the highly respected online wine commentary website and a feature writer for benchmark publication Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine. His work has also appeared as wine/drinks editor in delicious magazine and in Sun-Herald Style Magazine, Time Out Magazine Sydney and Melbourne, Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Living section, Men’s Style magazine, Women’s Health, Wine Business Magazine Australia, Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine (Europe), Harper’s Wine & Spirits (UK) amongst other publications. Mike is also an active wine judge in Australia and overseas, and a graduate of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial. Mike was named Wine Communicator’s of Australia Digital Wine Communicator of the Year 2013, a highly coveted and contested award. He is a prolific online media personality, a regular presenter at corporate and industry events, and between travels to exotic vineyards around the world, enjoys long walks on the beach with a bottle of wine in his hand.