Nola James

Journalist. Editor. Content producer.

Australia

I am a lifestyle editor and food and wine writer with 12 years' experience in publishing and news media.

My work has appeared in Delicious Magazine, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Singapore Airlines' Priority magazine, Mercedes-Benz Me magazine, Halliday Wine Companion, the Jetstar in-flight magazine, Virgin Australia's in-flight magazine, Time Out Melbourne and Australian Traveller, among others.

I have a BA in Illustrative Photography from RMIT and a Grad. Dip. in Journalism from the University of Tasmania.

WSET Level 3
Merit

WSET Level 2
Distinction

Portfolio

NEW WORK

FOOD AND WINE

Halliday Wine Companion
10/01/2021
How sweet it is

"Everyone pretty much wants a dry riesling, too. Or at least... they think they do.”

Priority (SIA)
04/01/2021
NEW WINE RISING

Adelaide Hills one year after the bushfires: vines are recovering, and cellar doors, as well as cider and spirit producers, are open for business

RACT Journeys Magazine
07/26/2021
Slow and steady

Tasmania’s whisky industry is young, but it has no problems with taking it slow

RACT Journeys Magazine
06/01/2021
Scallop isle

The winter scallop season is the best time to sample Tasmania’s world-class molluscs

The Sydney Morning Herald
12/04/2019
Toxic masculinity exists - but now in whiskey form!

If you're not getting your recommended allocation of toxic masculinity at work, home or via the advertising industry, don't worry - you'll soon be able to buy it by the bottle

Halliday Wine Companion
01/29/2021
ROSÉ with a twist

Meet the new guard of lo-fi high-def Australian rosé

Virgin Australia in-flight magazine
11/01/2019
Rum renaissance

Poor old rum gets a bad rap, but a new crop of craft spirits is out to change that

Mercedes-Benz Me magazine
09/01/2019
Quite the catch

Local, low-waste, responsibly farmed and rescued: meet the Australian and New Zealand champions of eco-friendly seafood

Good Food
03/20/2020
Attention wine snobs: these uncool wines are actually good

When it comes to elitism, pretension and outright snobbery, the world of wine (and by that, I mean the people who sell it and people who drink it) has a lot to answer for. We all have a judgemental friend who turns their nose up at anything other than biodynamic beaujolais cru, right?

Good Food
12/19/2019
That's the (alcohol-free) spirit

There is a plethora of reasons why you might not be interested in alcohol right now. Maybe you're still feeling the effects of Christmas or New Year's, you're the designated driver or you've got an early start in the morning

Mercedes-Benz Me
03/01/2019
VIVA VERMOUTH!

A vermouth renaissance is sweeping the world as drinkers and bartenders embrace aperitif culture

TRAVEL

Halliday Wine Companion
03/09/2020
DRINK IN THE VIEW

Tourism is booming on Victoria’s pinot coast, with good reason. We take a look at what’s happening in the Geelong wine region

RACT Journeys Magazine
04/07/2021
Have hound will travel

There's no need to leave your four-legged friend behind next time you set off to travel around Tasmania

Halliday Wine Companion
01/13/2020
HOT STUFF

To keep pace with a changing climate, forward-thinking producers are shifting the how, where and what of Aussie wine

Halliday Wine Companion
06/01/2021
CHANGE OF PACE

In a time of climatic upheaval and evolving preferences, it’s far from business as usual in Heathcote

Mercedes-Benz Me
06/2019
Table for one

Solo fine dining is on the rise thanks to restaurants with a sharp focus on business travellers

CUSTOM AND CONTRACT

spicespace.com.au
2021
Spice Space

Copywriting (website, press kit and packaging) for Spice Space, a new suite of Australian spice blends.

Dan Murphy's x Dan Murphy's
03/2019
Fine Wine

A guide to fine wines from Gippsland to Austria

Good Food, The Age
2017
Hot Seats

From November 2016 to November 2017 I produced regular cafe reviews for the Hot Seats section of Good Food (The Age).

Good Food, The Age
Espresso

Here's a page sample from Espresso, The Age's weekly food section, which I edited for the best part of 2016.

BOOKS

Hardie Grant Publishing
06/01/2022
Grand Crew by Tom Crago

Tom Crago’s Grand Crew is a love letter to Australian wine. But it’s complicated

Penfolds – Edition 8
11/01/2020
The Rewards of Patience

The Rewards of Patience is a collector’s guide to all things Penfolds

Author: Lance Rosen
2016
Cookbook | Temples of BBQ

Temples of BBQ shows you where to find the best BBQ, as well as teaching you how to do it at home. Voted Best BBQ Cookbook in the world