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WELCOME to all friends of Winepros

Some great news! As a former or recent subscriber to the great wine resource that is Winepros, you might like to know that it is under new management, and that the entire website -  over 100,000 pages -  is now open to all subscribers, FREE. We think that Winepros is too good a site for wine lovers to lose, so we aim to maintain it as an archive for all to enjoy.

Can't find older vintage notes anywhere? In Winepros Archive you can now freely access

  • articles, wine reviews and tasting notes dating from 1990-2005,
  • articles by many of the world's leading wine authors,
  • wine region summaries from 68 countries around the world, and lots more.

Winepros is especially useful for looking up tasting notes on older vintages, drink by dates, cellaring information, for reference when purchasing or selling wine, or simply when rummaging through your wine cellar wondering what to drink. It also contains many articles that have never before been seen in the public arena, including writings by the late Len Evans, OBE.

To access this treasure trove of wine information:

  • Simply enter your Winepros username and password under the Wine Clique login on the Winepros home page, and you can access the entire website. All articles with a padlock sign will be unlocked.
  • If you have forgotten your password, and you have the same e-mail address as previously, click here and have it e-mailed to you. Then use it to login.
  • If you have changed your e-mail address, you can update it, or your other details, here.
  • And if you've forgotten your username and password, or you are new to Winepros, simply go to the Winepros homepage and register as a new user with your current e-mail address.

WIN a bottle of Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1998 in time for the festive season! (perfectly cellared). Everyone who follows the steps above and logs in or joins as a subscriber to Winepros before 7th December 2007 will be entered into a draw to win a bottle of Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1998 (valued at A$400+), to be drawn on 9th December 2007. The winner will be notified by email and the results posted on the Winepros website. (See competition details here).

To make it easier to browse the site, we've added a Google search facility - much faster than the old search - and a sitemap located in the footer. Enjoy! And please recommend Winepros to your wine-loving friends. We will send you another newsletter in the New Year (we promise no spam). In the meantime, don't forget to add winepros.com.au to your safe senders list.

Enjoy browsing our archives over the coming festive and holiday season, free to all subscribers.

PS We ask that you please treat the Winepros archive with respect, like an aged wine. The technology of the site is now very old in internet terms, and it's not as fast as modern sites. So please be patient. We'll also move the (very slow) forum to a new server soon, but should you wish to post comments and notes to fellow wine lovers, it does work (eventually!). Also note that James Halliday is no longer associated with Winepros, and that all articles are pre 2005.

New and updated winery entries (over 2700 in Australia) can be found on Winepros' partner website, VisitVineyards.com, which will be fully open early in 2008.  VisitVineyards.com® will feature a range of new authors, and includes food, travel, art, golf and other wine region activities as well as wine. Your updated subscription to Winepros also gives you free access to VisitVineyards.com®.

Jancis' Robinson 'Purple Pages' Members offer.

Le Figaro calls her "the undisputed mistress of the kingdom of wine" - who else but Jancis Robinson MW OBE, wine critic, author, film script writer and yes, star? One of a handful of wine communicators with an international reputation, Jancis writes daily for her website JancisRobinson.com, weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated in every continent.

She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, the 3rd edition of which is now online on her website, and is co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine. Each of these is books recognized as a standard reference worldwide. In fact, the Oxford Companion to Wine is the only drinks book to appear in the James Beard Book Awards Committee's 20 Essential Books to Build Your Culinary Library just announced to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the James Beard Foundation of a new edition of James Beard's classic cookbook Beard on Food.

But wait! Before you rush to her website, Winepros, together with our new wine and food travel website partner VisitVineyards.com® is privileged to announce that all our subscribers now have 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".

When you have joined or updated your details, simply go to the Winepros Members' Page and follow the instructions. Immediately you can join a lively community of wine enthusiasts in more than 70 countries, and enjoy exclusive online access to the multi award-winning 3rd Edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine, brought to you by Winepros and VisitVineyards.com®.


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WIN one of 3 copies each of our two Winepros "Books of the month"

Every month subscribers of Winepros and Visit Vineyards.com can enter our regular monthly competition to win great prizes. In December we have 2 new wine books to give away: 3 copies each, one by Rob Geddes MW and the other by wine author Campbell Mattinson. Being books, December's competition is open to anyone in the world (local laws permitting), but you must be over the age of 18 to enter. Please fill in the entry form on VisitVineyards.com - click here to enter to win a copy now.

The prizes will be drawn at the end of December, 2007. Winners will be notified by e-mail (we'll ask you which book you prefer) and your prize will be posted to you.

Our first wine book for December is Rob Geddes MW's 'a good nose and great legs' (Murdoch Press, 2007).
Rob is an Australian Master of Wine and has 'studied, drunk and slept in some of the world's most famous vineyards and wineries'. This is his irreverent yet comprehensive guide to growing, making and drinking wine.

He describes wine as 'a coded message from another place' and this book aims 'give you the key to... unlock the message'. Rob asserts (and we agree) there are three legs to the wine stool: the place it originates, the people who grow and make it, and what grape varieties it is made from. The first 2/3 of this rather weighty book introduces these three elements, in considerable depth.

On top of this stool sits you, the wine drinker, to whom the remainder is dedicated - how you taste, how to buy, wine in your life (serving, wine etiquette, etc) and matching wine and food, and cooking with wine.

This is an excellent book for a person relatively new to wine - not perhaps a total novice but someone with a bit of experience who wants to learn more. More a reference and for regular dipping into than a book to read from cover to cover, it brings together lots of material that are scattered elsewhere, like the aroma wheel (more easily presented here in a matrix format) and examples of the primary fruit spectrums for several grape varieties, and puts a new perspective on them. The palate graphs for each grape variety are a step forward in understanding and communicating about tasting wine - certainly they will provoke some discussion. Buy online through Winepros bookstore now. (It will be posted to you from our book partners Seekbooks).


Campbell Mattinson's 'Why the French Hate Us' (subtitled The Real Story of Australian Wine), is, however, a book you can sit down and read. For one thing, it weighs a lot less. And it's more a collection of short stories about wine, Campbell's (sometimes hilarious, other times evocative and poignant) experiences with it, of wine characters he has met, plus a selection of reviews of outstanding Australian wines and wineries. So inspired were we by his reviews that we opened a bottle of the 2004 Savaterre pinot noir to see if we agree that it's a 'wine to watch' - and we do... [When we first tried this wine over a year ago, we felt it still had some way to develop - well it's sure arrived now, and seems destined to age well. No, let's go further - it's the best Victorian pinot noir we have tried in the last year! Hmm, what else has he recommended..?]

We asked Campbell about the title. Sure, the theme of Antipodean envy runs throughout the book, but hate is a strong word. Gallic disdain, perhaps? His reply:  'It was suggested to me. Clearly it's a love it or hate it title'. (Pardon the pun, presumably). 'I can live with that. I canvassed about 25 people before settling on it, and it was 20 passionately in favour and 5 passionately against.'

Whatever your opinion, when someone has the guts to self-publish, or again in Campbell's words: 'I wrote it, desktop published it, did the cover, input corrections, my wife edited it, and I took it through the print process ... and will pay for the print process', then they sure have the right to pick their own title, too. Well done, Campbell.

Hardie Grant will distribute Why the French Hate Us, which you can buy online through Winepros now. (It will be posted to you from our book partners Seekbooks). 

However if you are over 18 (not just because of Campbell's sometimes colourful language), wherever you live in the world - local laws permitting - you can click here to enter to win a copy now. Please note, the prizes will be drawn at the end of December, so won't arrive in time for the festive season. Buy one for a wine lover instead, and suggest they read it over a couple of afternoons by the beach, glass in hand, of course... and enter the competition to win your own copy later on.
Mornington Peninsula Gourmet

Our Featured Wine and Food Region - the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Winepros and Visit Vineyards® are proud to feature some wine and food producers and other members of the hospitality and tourism industry of the fabulous Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

This region may perhaps be the closest place to God's own country in Australia - a mild maritime climate (surrounded by sea on three sides), rich soils and rolling hills, beaches, astonishing views interspersed with hidden valleys concealing small vineyards and farms, great gardens and restaurants, nature, art and galleries, funky little shops... the list goes on and on. All this is within an hour and a half's drive of Melbourne.  No wine or food lover's visit to Victoria - or perhaps Australia - is complete without visiting the Mornington Peninsula, preferably for several days. Summer on an MP beach is great, but it's fabulous there all year round, too!

The Mornington Peninsula's many quality food growers, makers, provedores, restaurants and more are represented by the Mornington Peninsula Gourmet Association (mpG), which was established to promote the Peninsula as a fantastic venue for the enjoyment of gourmet food and wine. mpG members include The Tasting Station, Red Hill Cheese, Ashcombe Maze, Elgee ParkHeronswood, Max's at Red Hill, McClelland Gallery, Montalto, Salix, Sunny Ridge Strawberries, plus more restaurants, tours and accommodations. Visitors comment on the beauty of the scenery, the quality of the food and hospitality at the many venues on the Peninsula.

Look out for the mpG logo as your symbol of quality assurance and genuine provenance, as you travel around the Peninsula, or when buying produce either locally or in selected retail outlets in major city centres.

Read more about mpG and its members and products here.

Montalto Winery ComplexAh, but what about the wines? As a former fruit and in particular apricot growing area, the Mornington Peninsula's climate was always destined for grapes. (Read more about the viticultural history and principal wine styles in the Winepros Archive). Today the Peninsula is home to over 175 vineyards and wineries, with 50 cellar doors open to the public, reputedly Australia's greatest per area vineyard concentration.

Certainly when it comes to quality - especially of the region's signature wine styles of chardonnay, pinot noir and increasingly pinot grigio/gris - there are many star producers. For pinot noir, it's hard to select between Paringa Estate, Stonier's Reserve, Foxey's Hangout, Moorooduc Estate, Tuck's Ridge, Montalto, Willow Creek's Tulum - the list is long - another to look for is Merrick's Creek (their Close Planted 2005 pinot noir rates closely along Savaterre, above). T'Gallant and pinot gris are fast becoming synonymous, but watch out for winemaker Kathleen Quealy's new labels Pobblebonk and Rageous from her Balnarring Vineyard. Read more about MP wines by Jeni Port on VisitVineyards.com.

Perhaps due to climatic similarities, Mornington chardonnays may be considered on par with Margaret River's, and again Paringa Estate, Montalto, Willow Creek, Moorooduc, Dromana Estate and Elgee Park produce stunning chardonnays that are hard to beat. Of course, this list also only skims the surface of the many highly rated Mornington Peninsula wines available.

The Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association (MPVA) is the industry association for the wine-makers and grape-growers of the Mornington Peninsula Wine Region. Find out more about the MPVA and its activities here, including a range of public wine tastings, dinners and festivals held over summer, both in Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula.

We hope you have enjoyed this revitalized newsletter, and hope that you will continue to enjoy the free Winepros Archive and Visit Vineyards® community for wine, food and travel.

Kind Regards,

Robyn Lewis, Editor.

PS Don't forget to log in to Winepros before 7th December 2007 for your chance to win the bottle of Grange 1998. (Competition open worldwide, where local laws permit. You must be over 18 to enter). Please click here to forward this newletter to your wine lovings friends so they can enter, too. Good luck!

Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association


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