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Wine and food news and reviews

First Families of wine, Chinese edition by Graeme Lofts

2013 has been a good vintage around most of Australia. We're looking forward to seeing some new release wines soon (with reds to follow, of course).

NEWS to hand: trophies and accolades have recently been bestowed for two fruits of the vine – the grape and the hop....

Origin - Ben Shwry

BOOKS, we love 'em and this month we have a cocktail for you!

Something different this month is this ARTICLE: Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans wrote this thought-provoking essay on Tassie's North West for the Griffith REVIEW 39. Much could apply to other food-producing areas of regional Australia »

Read about this controversial and best-selling GriffithREVIEW 39 Tasmania – The Tipping Point? (and maybe win a copy) here »

MENU with a difference: Like cooking with beer? Chris Badenoch (author of The Entire Beast) wove beer and food matching brilliance for the Australian International Beer Awards gala dinner »

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Wine and food travel

Fowles Wines: home to Australia's quirkiest wine label, Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch

Get the best from your journeys around wine regions or get your walking books on to earn the fabulous food. These books and articles are sure to give you itchy feet (and a watering mouth to boot!).

Produce to Platter - Daylesford and surrounds

JUST IN: travel the whole country in five-plus star style with the latest edition of Australia in Style, a beautiful collection of luxury travel experiences from R.M.Williams »


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Wine and food events around Australia & NZ

The Roast Collection

Wine roadshows bringing the regions to you, cooking demonstrations and celebrations, raising a glass or two of the amber fluid and more. The weather might be cooling down but the events are hotting up! Here's a taste around Australia and NZ:

Vic: Yarra Valley De Bortoli's Pig in a Day cooking demo and lunch 21 Jul »

Vic: various – over 100 events celebrating the humble winter roast in The Roast Collection 1-30 Jun »

NSW: Mudgee – visit and experience a real Farm Walk 16 Jun »

SA: Adelaide – National Wine Centre Winter Wine Dinner 26 Jun (with others to follow each month through to October) »

WA: Perth – it's the fabulous Margaret River Wine tasting 20 Jun »

Qld: statewide – enjoy Queensland's Beer Week 13-21 Jul  »

ACT: Canberra – Tastes of Rutherglen and the King Valley 7 Jul »

NZ: Wellington – giving you plenty of notice to book your flights for Beervana in New Zealand's foodie city 9-10 Aug »

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Win wine, cider, tasting tickets and more

Leura Park Estate Flying Brick Cider

This is your last chance to win the wonderful mix of regional wines from the King Valley. Enter by midnight tonight (Tues 11th) to and be in tomorrow's draw »

Wine and produce from Rutherglen and the King Valley are on show in Canberra and you could win a night's accommodation and tickets to the TASTE of TWO REGIONS »

Cider is booming so join in the fun with style and understanding! Enter now for your chance to win one of four mixed half cases of delicious Flying Brick Cider and The Australian Cider Guide »

Unbottled Tasmania is on again, showcasing outstanding wines and winemakers. We have 5 double passes at each to be won. Pick your city – Melbourne or Sydney or Brisbane »

The insight, knowledge and humour of Len Evans AO, OBE abound in How to Taste Wine and Not My Memoirs. Three prize packs of both books to be won»

Take a fabulous food and wine journey around Daylesford, Macedon, Ballarat and The Pyrenees with Produce to Platter. Three copies to be won »

Be stimulated by a thought-provoking mix of articles, reports and essays on the island state from the Griffith REVIEW: Tasmania – The Tipping Point. Enter to win one of four copies »

Winners, where are you? We still have some great prizes on the shelf looking for their homes! Look for your name on the link below.

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Savings for Auto Club members

Silent Range Estate Wines

Behold! Winter is upon us and it's time to throw on the jacket and scarf and get thee to the vineyards where you're guaranteed a warm, welcoming smile.

If you carry a membership card from any motoring organisation* and travel Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland then you'll also find some wallet warming savings at wineries and more! Here are just a few:

Vic: Windy Ridge –  grown, made and bottled onsite, save 10% »

Vic: Napoleone & Co Cider – crafted by winemakers, save 15%  »

Tas: Three Wishes – beautiful Tamar Valley wines, save 10% »

Tas: Barringwood Park – lovely views and wines, save 15% »

Qld: Mayfield ChocsMt Tambourine & Spring Hill, save 10% »

Qld: Banca Ridge – save 15% on mains medley and on wine! »

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

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Your exclusive subscriber offers

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Ready for a winter break? Here are some ideas and exclusive offers we've negotiated for you as a subscriber:

Mantra Quayside, centrally located in the beautiful coastal town of Port Macquarie, has some great winery experiences right on its doorstep. Think iconic Cassegrain, Bago and Innes Lake to name but a few. Book in now and mention Visit Vineyards for your special offer »

Yes, we do bang on about Tasmania but it's not just our view; awards and accolades abound so visit the island state and see for yourself – we've lined up some accommodation deals for you!

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Enjoy some winter wonderousness!

Snowy road

As we race towards the shortest day of the year down under, maybe it's time to think about getting some friends together for an Ausmas, or pruning the garden or heading to the snow; certainly the end of the financial year, and of course it's red wine season!

Perhaps this year when we're doing our tax, we can all give some thought to those doing it tough, especially in this colder weather. Provide meals and blankets to those in need via the Salvation Army here, or donate surplus food (or cash) to Foodbank in all States here. And not forgetting our furry friends, registrations for the RSPCA Cup Cake Day on 19th August open on 19th June, so register soon and get ready to bake up a storm to help 55,000 animals around the country have better lives.

Thanks very much and we hope you enjoy some winter wonderousness wherever you are! All the best from Robyn, Kerry, Andrew and the VV team.

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

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(April 2013) »