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Tasting wine at Merricks General Store, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.In our first newsletter for 2008, we bring you more on the life of the Winepros Archive and introduce you to our wine and food travel partner, with whom, in the months to come, we will be producing a joint newsletter full of news on wine, food and travel to wine regions. We also fill you in on the February festivities of our featured region, Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

UK-based wine writer, Jancis Robinson, has a wonderful opinion on this fabulous Australian wine region (read what she thinks below). We review her recently released wine-lover’s bible ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine’, which is also the first prize in our February subscribers’ competition. No serious wine lover should be without this book, so enter now* (*see terms and conditions). Thanks to all of you who responded to our inaugural newsletter in November, and congratulations to Mr K. Smart of Victoria, who took home the bottle of Penfolds 1998 Grange.

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The Winepros Archive is a man-made wonder of the world, and contains over 100,000 pages, including

  • 20 000+ wine reviews and tasting notes from 1990-2005,
  • wine region geography and descriptions from around the world,
  • winery profiles,
  • wine articles by internationally renown authors,  and lots more.

It’s like an old library with books to the ceiling, comforting and familiar, while still holding its secrets of knowledge; it’s a piece of Australian wine history.

The CEO Robyn Lewis, explains, ‘This wonderful resource was about to be let go – which would have been a tragedy for the wine industry and its history. Winepros Archive embraces the past 15 years of wine in Australia and elsewhere, and covers an important phase of Australia’s wine industry development – that of reaching consumers around the globe with increasingly high quality products. Many people find Winepros Archive interesting and useful, so instead of watching it vanish, we took it over. We want to rebuild this wine community into what it was and then keep it growing from there.’

Mornington Peninsula Gourmet

Winepros Archive and brings you more that is delicious from our current featured region – Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. February sees the beginnings of wine and food festivals that continue throughout the year to highlight the diversity of the Mornington Peninsula:

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The Mornington Peninsula is highly regarded internationally. Jancis says: “The Mornington Peninsula just south of Melbourne ... is gaining an increasing reputation for Pinots of all sorts (including Chardonnay), distinguished by excellent definition... Those of us who have been lucky enough to visit Australia know that Australia’s real interest for wine lovers lies in the hundreds of smaller, family-owned wineries (Ed: as we will be featuring in our newsletters and website) rather than in the army of discounted brands that marches through the big (UK) retailers.”

We are proud to have an ongoing relationship with, and offer you access to Jancis' members-only Purple Pages at an exclusive rate of A$109 p.a., a full A$50 or approx. 30%* off her regular rate. (Rate valid worldwide; *note the % savings may vary according to exchange rates and credit card charges). As Robert Parker has written about Purple Pages, ‘no-one can afford to miss the musings of the chatty Jancis’ (especially this year, as he’s been forced to miss his annual pilgrimage to Bordeaux due to back surgery – how will the 2007 be priced?! Might be a few Bordelais bargains on hand.....).

When you have joined or updated your details on the Winepros home page, simply go to the Winepros Members’ Page and follow the instructions to obtain your Jancis Robinson special access code to subscribe to her site. It’s the perfect way to keep up–to-date with the global view of wine.

Jancis Robinson Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd EditionCourtesy of Jancis Robinson and the Oxford University Press, the first prize of our February competition is her astonishing volume The Oxford Companion to Wine, a thoroughly essential part of any wine lover's library. Read our review here.  Your subscription to her site also includes online access to the Companion, but in our humble opinion, for sheer appreciation of the breadth and depth of vinous scholarship, nothing can replace the book itself.

Cool Climate wine show, March 2008

The second and third prizes in our February competition are from the Mornington Peninsula: a family pass to the Red Hill Show on March 22nd and two tickets to the International Cool Climate Wine show public tasting on March 5th 6-8pm, courtesy of the organisers.

A bracket of white wines ready for judging.The Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society’s ‘International Cool Climate Wine Show’ was established in 2000 to raise the profile of high quality cool climate wines. The wine show has expanded its horizons with the addition of wines from the northern hemisphere, including Oregon.

The 2008 event will be staged at a different location within the Red Hill Reserve, under the supervision of new Chairman of Judges Larry McKenna, the famous vigneron and winemaker of New Zealand. The awards presentation dinner will be presented by chef Max Paganoni of Max's at Red Hill Estate.

This show attracts up to 700 entries from Australasia with a public tasting following the official judging on Wednesday 5th March, 2008 from 6pm-8pm at the Red Hill Showgrounds. To sniff, swirl, taste and (maybe) spit, click here...

Until next time, health and happiness,

Hilary McNevin, Editor.

From the Editor:

I’m Hilary McNevin, the new Editor of the Winepros Archive newsletter. After working in restaurants for fifteen years, training in wine tasting, studying writing and editing at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia, and raising a family, Winepros Archive and shared their vision and passion with me and I decided to jump on board! aims to bring you the best independent information on food, wine and travel in Australia (and later beyond) and is to be launched mid-2008. It is supported by the comprehensive annals of wine-lovers’ material that is Winepros Archive.

PS. We’d love your feedback. With something this special that holds and keeps such wine history, we’d love to know what you want to see now and in the future. Winepros Archive has teamed up with, an independent food, wine and travel guide to be launched mid-2008, so watch this space, exciting things are coming…

To tell us what you want to see, we invite you to complete our survey by 29th February, and leap into the chance to win a Mornington Peninsula Gourmet Food and Wine Hamper* We regret that the hamper can be delivered to Australian residents only. (Should the lucky winner reside overseas, the prize will be a wine book * See our Terms and Conditions).

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