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A very merry Christmas and festive season – and a gift to make 2013 your best year ever

Hello,

2012 is drawing to a close – and whether it's been fantastic or one that you would rather forget, we hope it ends happily.

In your last newsletter for the year we bring you lots of wine, food and travel news – there's so much on around Australia and New Zealand at present, take a peek below.

So take a break from the frantic December rush, relax and enjoy. Thank you for being one of our valued subscribers, and wishing you, your friends and family the very best of the season, and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

If you're keen on making 2013 a good one, read on....

SPECIAL FEATURE: Your New Year's wine, food and travel resolutions

It’s about this time of the year, with a fun festive season ahead of us, that we start to get excited and dream about all the amazing things we want to do in 2013. Where do we want to visit, what new things do we want to try and what wines are we going to drink?

More often than not, by the end of January we have lapsed back into the normal routine and for many of us our goals may be as unattainable as a great vintage Domaine de la Romanée Conti....

This year, we’ve come up with a solution to show you how to make 2013 your best year ever! As our Christmas gift to you, we have asked the 'Steve Irwin of business', Andrew Roberts, to share his wisdom and systems on how to plan an amazing, action-packed year.

I (Robyn) have met Andrew several times during 2012 and have been very impressed by his capacity, intelligence, integrity and common sense. I highly recommend him, if you want to make changes in your life, to be more successful – or even if you just want to have more fun and free up some of your time to do more of what you enjoy.

Andrew says ‘Planning is not taught at school but it is easy when you know how. All of the most successful people I coach are excellent planners and if you don’t learn to plan, you can end up repeating the same year over and over’.

So if you want to avoid ‘Groundhog Day’ and to get the very most out of 2013, we are bringing you a complimentary online webinar.

There are two times available, as we realise it's a busy time of year: Session 1 – Wednesday, December 12

Perth – starts at 5:00pm
Brisbane – starts at 7:00pm
Adelaide/Darwin – starts at 7:30pm
Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Hobart – starts at 8:00pm
Auckland/Wellington – starts at 10:00pm

Session 2 – Thursday, December 13

Perth – starts at 6:00am
Brisbane – starts at 8:00am
Adelaide/Darwin – starts at 8:30am
Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Hobart – starts at 9:00am
Auckland/Wellington – starts at 11:00am (or check the world clock for your local time anywhere in the world).

Can't make either time? Or can't listen for a full hour? Then register for either one and listen to the replay in your own time later on (you'll need to register in advance to hear the replay.)

We plan to have an amazing 2013 packed full of new food and wine adventures, and we hope you can join us for the journey. If life is too short to drink bad wine, then it's way too short not to get the most of your precious time!

Click here to register for the free webinar and hear Andrew Roberts explain the five fundamental shifts that will make 2013 the best year you've ever had! »

Wine and food news and reviews

The breweries of Australia by Keith Deutscher
Wine lovers! The 30th Anniversary edition of the iconic ‘Gold Book’ by Rob Geddes MW is out, and quickly informs the reader of style, quality, value and cellar potential of over 2000 wines from 300 wineries and wine producers – who are they? »
 
Foodies: We're all time poor in December. Maybe you've seen the TV show, now here's the book – Jamie's 15 Minute Meals – should you buy it or not? »
 
Enjoy beer? No doubt just added to the beer-lover's gift wish list is the revised edition of Breweries of Australia by Keith Deutscher. A comprehensive history including the latest on boutique brewing trends around the country. Check out this immaculate book »
 
For last minute gift buying, don't forget our Top 12 wine books for 2012 here and our Top 12 food books »
 
 More on wine at VisitVineyards.com/wine » 

 
 More on food at VisitVineyards.com/food » 

 

Wine and food travel

Hickinbotham of Dromana, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

There are a number of winemakers around the country who also turn their hand to brewing craft beer.
 

As well as being known for their wines, Hickinbotham of Dromana is also a working brewery, creating a range of beers sold entirely through the restaurant and cellar door.

It's a great place to visit over summer for a relaxing afternoon, sipping beers (or wine), listening to some jazz, and generally lazing about enjoying the ambience. (And auto club members save 15% on take-away purchases, too.)

Andrew Hickinbotham prepared these tasting notes for his Hix range of craft beers to whet your amber appetite »


Heading to the Yarra Valley? No matter if you're a regular, or if you are visiting for the first time, this new guide by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton will ensure you get the most out of your visit – likely leading you down a path more decadent, revealing and full of flavours that may otherwise have eluded you »


Or if armchair travel is more your thing at this time of year, and you love Italian, then laze beside the pool with a copy of Tessa Kiros' latest culinary blockbuster, Limoncello and Linen Water, for a relaxing afternoon – an excellent gift for an aspiring Italian cook »

 
 For more wine travel ideas: VisitVineyards.com/tours » 

 

What's on over the New Year?!

Jancis Robinson

It's a fantastic time of year for events around Australia and beyond. Here's just a small taste of what's going on:

It might not be until March but tickets for the Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience (part of the Melbourne Wine and Food Festival) are on sale now and selling fast. It will be a huge weekend featuring Jancis Robinson OBE, MW and some of the world's most inspirational wine people. Get in fast if you want to attend »

Do you love pinot noir? Then be in Wellington, New Zealand at the end of January and join the top winemakers in four days of pinot passion, at the 5th annual Pinot Noir NZ 2013 »

And around Australia there's wine, music, art and more:

For art, food and wine lovers planning ahead: 10 Days on the Island will be on in ten locations around Tasmania from March 15-24th. It's earlier this year to take advantage of Tassie's glorious March weather. If you've never been, now's your chance »

 
 Find events near you: VisitVineyards.com/calendar » 

 

 Read more about what's on: VisitVineyards.com/events » 

 

Winery, vineyards, restaurants, regional tourism bodies – you can list your food and wine events on our calendar FREE. Simply go to VisitVineyards.com/MyAccount and enter your event details.

 

Win superb wine, books, food and more

Sirromet Wine
Wow, what a large and wonderful array of prizes on offer just for you this festive season – wine and more wine, guides, event tickets, tote bags and something warming from Tassie!
 
 More competitions:VisitVineyards.com/win » 

 

 Are you a winner?Find out now » 

 

Subscriber offers – all new!

Len Evans - Not my memoirs

These fabulous offers just for VisitVIneyards.com subscribers have come just in time for those still hunting for gifts. With this variety, there's bound to be something for the wine and/or food lover in your life!

 
And don't forget the New Year's Eve special package from Warrenmang and the bonus offer on Govino glasses, both very appropriate at this time of year!
 
Heads up: coming on the 3rd January is a special discount and free reight from Murray Street Vineyards, from Greenock in the western Barossa. Keep watch!
 

 

Touring Tassie, Queensland or Victoria?

Oakridge wines

If you carry a membership card for any of the motoring organisations like RACV, RACQ, NRMA etc* then great welcomes and savings await you around these three states.

Wine and food regions are the perfect place to spend some quality time, meeting the passionate people who love to share their produce with you. Return the love by spending your money at the cellar door or farm gate!

With discounts of up to 20% in Victoria's wine regions and up to 15% in Tasmania and Queensland, make sure you leave room in your bags for those extra special buys.

From Ashgrove Cheese and Josef Chromy wines in Tasmania to Riversands Wine and Fudge Heaven in Queensland, and winemakers like Silent Range, Delatite and De Bortoli in Victoria, there are many premium producers with a special welcome for auto club members.

Follow the lnks below for participating wineries, food makers and more.

*Discounts apply to RACV, RACT and RACQ and other travelling auto club members (eg NRMA, RAA, RAC (WA) etc)

 

  Fifty more at: RACV.VisitVineyards.com/save » 

 

 

Vale to a great Australian philanthropist and wine lover

Cruden Farm on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula

On 5th December Australia lost one of its greatest philanthropists, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who needs no introduction.

I was very privileged to meet Dame Elisabeth on quite a few occasions, and spent many happy lunches at her wonderful house and garden, Cruden Farm on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

She was a special lady for so many reasons – her legendary support of the arts, of medicine and health, of causes great and small – always generous, gracious, and with a smile and twinkle in her eye.

I am sure that one reason for her longevity was her genuine interest in people and what they were doing. Each time I met her she always wanted to know about VisitVineyards.com, for like me she was passionate about supporting Australian producers, and was deeply concerned about the encroachment of urbanisation into farmland.

She was VisitVineyards.com's oldest Member, and another reason for reaching almost 104 must surely have been her magnificent garden, which not only supplied beauty and calm to many visitors but copious fresh blooms to her house, and food for her table. She was a proponent of 'eat local' before the movement was founded.

At every lunch she had at least one and usually two glasses of wine. Her wine of preference was Australian riesling, from Delatite in Central Victoria, which was founded by the children of her sister Sylvia, after whom one of their wines is named. She also enjoyed the wines of nearby Elgee Park, the oldest vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula.

So raise your wine glasses to a grand old lady, and let's drink to a long, happy and giving life. The world needs more generosity like hers.

Wishing you all the best for the season, and a very happy and healthy New Year

From Robyn, Kerry, Lara, Andrew and the VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive team.

(Read some more about us here if you like)

Missed our last newsletter? (November food edition)  Catch up here »
 
PS Don't forget if you want to make 2013 your best year yet (and who doesn't?!) click here to find out how in this free webinar »
 
* Wine samples for review and publication can be sent to
VisitVineyards.com, PO Box 488, North Hobart. Tas. 7002.
Please include price information and tasting notes, and food matching suggestions and recipes if you wish (our readers love these).
 
** In 2013 we plan to extend our RAC program into South Australia. If you operate a vineyard, winery or restaurant, or grow, make or sell regional food produce in South Australia and would like to find out how you can be involved, please email Lara at lara@visitvineyards.com for more information.
 

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