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The Australian wine annual 2013 - Chinese edition - by Jeremy Oliver

Much is being written about the potential for Australian wine in China and many winemakers have high hopes, but there's still a lot of work to be done, says wine writer and ambassador Jeremy Oliver » 

A tasting of mature Tasmanian sparkling wine to celebrate Australian Wine Month in April was a serious occasion with nothing but hush and awe at the results (not!) reports Curly Haslam-Coates »

Rocco Esposito relates his remarkable experience of tasting 50 years of Hill of Grace at Henschke, perhaps the most famous vineyard in Australia, and shares his favourite vintages »

The Food to Go e-book will take your outdoor cooking to a level far beyond the boring, the dried and the monotonous. Highly recommended for a day's outing, a short walk or a full-on bush walk »

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Wine and food travel

Hide and Seek Adelaide - Guidebook

Locals and travellers alike will discover there's than great wine on offer in this city. Hide & Seek Adelaide is a funky guide of the city's best sights, shopping, eateries and bars, pocket sized without the waffle »

Vietnam's cuisine is one of the world's most original and diverse whilst Cambodia is home to the World Heritage listed temples of Angkor. Both are featured in The Feast for the Senses tour from our friends at Cape Lux Travels »
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Planning a holiday and like a lager tipple? The updated Breweries of Australia by Keith Deutscher with some historical insight and all the new boutique breweries listed, provides the perfect way to put an amber-coloured itinerary together »

Heston Blumenthal Thinking of heading west young man/woman? It would be so easy to holiday in the beautful Margaret River in November where any foodie will be in good company! Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein and like-minded others are all in this year's lineup for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape »

Don't leave your tickets too long, all events sold out last year. There is a special pre-sale of tickets starting at noon WA time today (Tues 9th July), lasting for 2 days, so get in NOW!! »

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Wine and food events around Australia & NZ

We know our younger subscribers especially love events and festivals! Now there's no excuse for staying indoors with food festivals and roadshows bringing some beautiful wines (and the makers) to the doorsteps of our major capital cities:

  • Tasmania Unbottled sip on the island's best wines, learn more at the masterclasses:
    NSW: in Sydney on 30 Jul »
    Qld: in Brisbane 1 Aug »
    Vic: in Melbourne 5 Aug »
  • Vic: inaugural Photo Exhibition at Pfeiffer Wines1-31 Jul »
  • Vic: Scotchmans Hill Winemaker Dinner, Vue Grand 9 Aug »
  • ACT: Canberra & Capital Region Truffle Festivalto 11 Aug »
  • WA: Perth hosts the Good Food and Wine Show19-21 Jul »

PLUS: heads up on the Margaret River Gourmet Escape:
Tickets go on sale this Thursday 11th July from 2pm EST (12 noon WA time) and with the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein and other international and local chefs leading the lineup you can be sure tickets will sell fast! Details here »

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


WIN a holiday, wine, boutique cider and more

Topper's Mountain of New England

Stop press: just announced – a fabulous prize package for the Real Food Festival valued at $770!

Connect with the real food producers of the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland at the Real Food Festival in Maleny. Enter now and you could win two nights' accommodation, tickets to the Festival and a $100 dining voucher »

Keen to taste some alternative wine varieties or boutique cider but don't know where to start? We are here to help!

Plus we have

  • 3 wine accessory packs to give away, each comprising a mini winesave, the Essential Wine Tasting Guide and a funky VisitVineyards tchillbag »
  • Five double passes in each city for Tasmania Unbottled, bringing the state's best wines to you in Melbourne and Sydney and in Brisbane »  Hurry, drawn on the 16th July!
  • Three twin packs of Not my Memoirs and How to Taste Wine by Len Evans AO, OBE – insight and humour from a great wine character » 
  • Lost your mojo this winter? We have 2 copies of Salsa to warm you up: it exudes the tropics like a frangipani tree in bloom. Enter for your slice of Port Douglas culinary paradise »

Wow, we had over 25 invalid entries in the draw for the trip to Canberra and the Taste of Two Regions, because entrants forgot their phone numbers! Please, if you enter for an event ticket competition, remember to add in your contact number.

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Auto club members – tour and save

Cellar door at Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley

So it's cooling down but there's no need to hibernate. Grab that coat, scarf and your wheels and get thee to the wine regions of Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland! Auto club members*, enjoy savings on wine and food like these:

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

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Do you have a vineyard, winery, cellar door, microbrewery or cidery?

Enjoying the winemaking process

Are you one of our fabulous wine growers, makers, marketers or sellers? Or making craft beer or cider? Following the success of our subscriber survey last month, we're running a wine (and beverages) industry survey this July.

We haven't done this for a few years so it's a great opportunity for you to touch base and let us know how things are, and how we can best help you get more visitors, sell your wines, or however you think we can help you best.

You were sent an email invitation last week, but in case you missed it, please click here to email Andrew and he'll send you another survey link.

All wine (and related beverages) businesses filling in the industry survey will receive a summary of consumer insights about wine..

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

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