Scotchman's Hill, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia.

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Welcome to the new-look VisitVineyards.com and our first monthly newsletter since the new site opened in early June. It’s been a busy few weeks in wine country Australia, with many regions celebrating winter with festivals and special cellar door touring events. Keep an eye on our events section if you’re planning a weekend of wine touring.

We are delighted to finally amalgamate members from the Winepros Archive and new and founding subscribers to VistVineyards.com into one new home. We welcome your feedback and look forward to seeing you all talking wine and food in the forums.

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ADVERT: Taste 2009 by Tsyon Stelzer and Matthew Jukes

A Tasting Flight - (c) Tourism NSW

Choosing the perfect wine, at the perfect temperature

Whether you’re an experienced wine taster or a newbie slurper, Jancis Robinson’s guide to choosing and serving the perfect bottle of wine will make your next special occasion extraordinary. Who knew temperature was so vital?

Jancis Robinson is the first lady of wine tasting and VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive subscribers are entitled to a A$50 discount on membership of her website. Simply log in to VisitVineyards.com and collect the offer code here to sign-up for Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages.

The Point Restaurant, Albert Lake, Victoria Glencoe Rural Retreat, Northern Tasmania

Win great wine, food and travel prizes

Last month's competition was extremely popular, with one lucky person the winner of seven-course degustation dinner for two with matching wines at The Point Restaurant, Albert Park, Melbourne. You can find the details on the winners here.

This month we have three great competitions! The first – to win a bottle of Penfolds Grange 1998 valued at A$500 – you enter simply by logging into VisitVineyards.com before the 14th of July with your username and password. You will automatically be entered into the draw to win a bottle of Grange 1998. Hurry, this competition closes on 14th July.

The second fabulous competition is to win a 3 day trip for two people to Glencoe Rural Retreat in North West Tasmania, including flights ex Melbourne, two nights’ accommodation, a French provincial dinner for two by chef Remi Bancal at Glencoe, and car hire for three days of wine and food exploring! This competition is open to subscribers of The Age – if you aren’t one today, sign up now, as the competition opens on 19th July, for two weeks.

In this month's VisitVineyards.com competition - first prize is a case of specially selected wines from the fabulous Mornington Peninsula, including wines from Quealy, Merricks Creek, Paradigm Hill and more sought-after vineyards. Second prize is our famous Mornington Peninsula gourmet hamper from The Tasting Station, Rosebud. Both prizes can be posted anywhere in Australia. Please see our competition Terms and Conditions.

Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer, authors of Taste Food and Wine 2008

Tasting Notes – a sparkling end

VisitVineyards.com is delighted to bring you the first in an ongoing series of tasting notes from the lads responsible for Taste Food and Wine 2008, Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer. Taste 2008 is an invaluable tome of tasting notes and tips on choosing, drinking and matching great wine and food from the 2008 release. We start with 10 great sparkling wines - it's the end of the financial year, and whether it's been a good year or a bad one, these will help you celebrate or commiserate.

Mornington Peninsula wines (c) MPVA

Winter Wine winners on the Mornington Peninsula

There's nothing more refreshing than touring the Mornington Peninsula in winter - log fires, cool (and deserted) beach walks, the best Pinot Noir, and now a $3000 wine cellar, if you're lucky.

Chef Peter Evans, Hugo's Restaurant, Sydney, NSW

Celeb chef Peter Evans on beer and food matching

The opportunities to match beer and food are endless and while there are not any iron-clad rules, there are some basic guidelines to help even the most inexperienced beer connoisseur in the kitchen.

We hope you enjoy the fresh look VisitVineyards.com, your new home for wine, food and travel on the web. Feedback is always welcome – please send your comments to editor@visitvineyards.com or login and get chatting on the forums and tell us about your greatest wine country experiences.

Salute!
Robyn Lewis and the team at VisitVineyards.com