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Harvesting grapes in the Margaret River region.

In wine and drinks news this month:


Vue de Monde's Rocco Esposito shares his joys of Rutherglen »

Our Mothers' Day food and cookbook picks:

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Wine and food travel – get out walking!

Best walks, Geelong

Fresh air and walking are a great way to walk off or justify that wine and food indulgence! Here are some great new walking guides:

Add some history to your Tassie culinary travels with the beautiful and highly recommended Tasmania Island of Treasures »

If this book whets your appetite for Tasmania, then don't miss these exclusive accommodation offers, some saving you 30%! »

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Wine and food events around Australia & NZ

Parkhurst Wines, Canberra - part of Aussie wine month

It's Aussie Wine Month, celebrating the top drops in our own backyard across the nation. Sounds like fun to us!

There's a huge range of events to tempt you: Paxton's 100 year vertical shiraz tasting, the unleashing of the Next Gen of Australia's First Families of Wine, Chardonnay and Canapés at Evans & Tate, Going Grazing-Mudgee, bubbling with Tassie sparkling and lots more in almost every state »


Qld: Brisbane's Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival – 5 May »
Qld: Noosa International Food & Wine Festival – 16-19 May »

NT: inaugural Taste Darwin Food & Wine Festival – 5-6 May »

Vic: feast and forage at the High Country Harvest – 17-26 May »
Vic: join vignerons on a Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk  – 27 Apr »

SA: McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic at Fox Creek – 28 Apr »

WA: Margaret River Weekend of Music with the Australian String Quartet – 3-5 May »

Tas: Josef Chromy end of Vintage Degustation – 27 Apr »

NZ: Bluff Oyster & Food Festival – 25 May »

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Event organisers and marketers (including those in New Zealand!), you can quickly and easily list your food and wine events on our calendar for FREE. To reach our subscribers, simply go to and enter your event details.


Win Devilish wine, lunch, tickets and books

Brown Brothers restaurant, Milawa

Last month's Tasmanian wines were so popular we've found some more Devilish wines to share and we have some fabulous new books to be won, plus, the ICCWS Awards Dinner tickets for two valued at $250!

Winners where are you? Don't miss out on those Tassie wines or fabulous cookbooks, check our winners page now – good luck!

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Savings for Auto Club members

Warrenmang Vineyard restaurant, Pyrenees

Autumn is the surely prettiest time to visit wine regions and if you carry a membership card from any motoring organisation* and travel around Victoria, Tasmania or Queensland, you'll find some pretty savings to match the scenery!

* ie RACV, RACT, RACQ, RAA, RAWA or NRMA, and all AAA members from overseas.

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Our 2013 survey – coming next week

Those of you who were subscribers last year may recall our 2012 survey, which – thanks to you – got a great response. Unfortunately we were unable to implement many of your recommendations due to the sudden severe illness of my husband Charlie shortly afterwards, which meant putting a lot on hold. As you may have read by now, he's made a fantastic recovery, so we are picking up where we left off and looking at some new directions in 2013.

So we'd like to ask your input again please, and will be emailing you a (much shorter) questionnaire next week, so we're up to date with what you want out of and wine and food online. Please take the time to fill it in, as it's from your feedback that we can find out what you want more or less of, or any other improvements. You can also email us direct if you wish »

Thanks very much and we look forward to hearing from you – kind regards from Robyn, Kerry, Andrew and the VV team.

PS  Remember that from now on, we'll be back to one newsletter a month, on the 1st or 2nd Tuesday of the month.

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