In her book, Through A Sparkling Glass, Andrea Frost takes a curious and whimsical journey through the world of wine, life and most things in between. In this talk, the journey continues. Andrea will discuss the things she loves about wine, the things its taught her and those things that keep her wondering.

Andrea’s insights into the industry and her approach to wine make her one of the most exciting and refreshing wine writers in the country at present. We would also argue most important.


Andrea Frost is an award-winning, Melbourne-based wine writer with a passion and curiosity for the wonder of wine. For Andrea, the fascination of wine is as much about the routes of discovery, the connection with nature, the ancient rituals and its place in modern culture, as it is about vintages, varieties and tasting notes.

Andrea is the wine columnist for the ABC’s delicious. magazine, the wine writer for The Melbourne Review and a regular contributor to James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine.

Andrea’s award-winning blog, New Ruby Press, is about ‘wine and people, culture and place, but mainly about wine.’ New Ruby Press was shortlisted for the Best New Wine Blog at the 2011 Wine Blog Awards. In May 2012, her story ‘The Invention of Wine’ won the Best Editorial Wine Writing award at the Born Digital Wine Awards, a competition that drew competitors from 224 countries.

Andrea’s first book, Through A Sparkling Glass: An A-Z of the Wonderland of Wine, was published by Hardie Grant in April 2013.

In 2000-02, Andrea was the editor of an award-winning wine, food and travel magazine (voted World’s Best Wine Magazine at the World Food Media Awards 2001-2003) and freelance writer. Since then, she has worked in several public relations and communications roles for some of Australia’s best-known wine producers before turning her hand back to wine writing in 2011.
Prior to writing about wine, Andrea edited Australia’s first women’s surf lifestyle magazine. For her, there was no great leap from surfing to wine appreciation. She believes that winemakers and surfers share similar values – connecting with, drawing pleasure from and advocating on behalf of their unique slice of nature.