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Welcome to our new look newsletter – the wine edition


We asked, you told us! In response to overwhelming demand in our recent subscriber survey, we introduce your new look newsletter: cleaner, shorter, and easier to find what you're looking for.

Also on request, we're moving to two editions per month. This, our first, will be wine focussed – news, reviews, travel and events – and includes our regular subscriber and Member offers.

On the right you'll see the new quick index at the top – just click on the link to take you straight to the feature you want – and below that are our wine-related giveaways.

For June, these include the popular tickets to Tasmania Unbottled in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, a wine and cider pack from Rebello Wines, and a personalised cellar appraisal from Vinified.

In your second edition (which you'll receive in two weeks' time), find all food-related news, travel and events, our featured partners in the regional wine and food programs we operate with RACV, RACT and RACQ, plus food-related giveaways down the right hand side.

We hope you like the new look and feel – please send Kerry an email and let us know, or if there are any other changes you want to see! Enjoy......

What wonderful feedback...

Penfolds Grange - an Australian icon

The response to our recent subscriber survey was overwhelming – thanks to each and every one of 1700 subscribers who provided such in-depth answers.

We're busy reading and implementing many of your suggestions, starting with this stylish new newsletter – look out for more exciting changes in the months ahead!

We will also be contacting some of you individually to answer specific questions that you raised. Once again, thank you so much :)

Congratulations to the winners of the Penfolds Grange, and of three half-cases of delicious Tasmanian pinot noir! Is one you? »

Wine news

Nick Glaetzer, Jimmy Watson Trophy winner talks to Robyn Lewis

What next for Nick Glaetzer, scion of a great winemaking family?

Having won the 2011 Jimmy Watson Trophy for his Tasmanian shiraz – the first time in its fifty year history it's crossed Bass Strait  – he departed Frogmore Creek, and with wife Sally about to embark on their prize winning tour, we ask Nick what's next on his return? »

Authentic Wine: Toward natural and sustainable winemaking by Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop MW. What defines natural and authentic wine? Find out as two wine experts sort fact from fiction and the authentic from marketing ploys »

Other wine news this month:


Wine travel

Saint-Émilion: The Châteaux, Winemakers and Landscapes of Bordeaux’s Famed Region

Saint-Émilion: The Châteaux, Winemakers and Landscapes of Bordeaux’s Famed Region

Have you ever wondered what lies behind the gates and walls of French winemakers’ châteaux? Peek inside the homes of those who create some of the most acclaimed wines in the world »

Tasmania. We love it, and so will you! The gourmet isle is on everyone's lips right now, especially those of MasterChef judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan, as the contestants work magic on Tasmania's fabulous produce every night this week. (Yummy Bruny Island oysters, Spring Bay scallops, Cape Grim wagyu beef, salmon, truffles, cheeses, saffron, wasabi and more...)

Whet your own appetite with these three easy Tassie getaways:

For more wine travel ideas: »

Wine events

Wine events - Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers

Grab a scarf and coat and head out to some fun events. Think open fires, red wine and fabulous food!

In Victoria you can celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and her birthday this long weekend at:

More wine events around the country:

Find events near you: »
Read more about what's on: »

Exclusive offers for Members

Gisborne Peak wines - Macedon Ranges, Victoria

If you are heading to our wine regions, don't forget your Membership card for experiences like these:

Gisborne Peak Wines (Vic): just a short drive from Melbourne in the Macedon Ranges. There are two offers to choose from: bonus delicious wood-fired pizza or glass of wine »

DenMar Estate (NSW): stay in the heart of the Hunter Valley during the week and take advantage of this special accommodation package »


Your special subscriber offers

Got to go guide - WIne Counry Tasmania

As a or Winepros Archive subscriber, you can enjoy some great wine and food benefits like:

Got to Go Guide – Wine Country Tasmania by Trudie Michels: ideal for planning your tour of the gourmet island. Save 20% »

In Search of the Perfect Partner by Ryn & Cordie. Everyday food and wine matching made so easy. Save 20% »

Authentic Wine by Jamie Goode & Sam Harrop MW. Explore the wide range of issues around authenticity in wine. Free postage plus a saving of 20% »


Thanks again and see you soon!

The vibrant Salamanca Market, Hobart, Tasmania

Whether you love or hate MasterChef, there's no doubt it's created huge interest in better food and cooking. This week they're showcasing the gourmet isle of Tasmania.

The MasterChef Tasmania experience kicked off last night with a Salamanca Market stall cookoff. Tonight, Masterchef will visit MONA, then Peppermint Bay, the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart, Stillwater in Launceston and the Stanley Pub in the North West. We hope you tune in and see what amazing food's home state produces.

Look out for more cool food in the next edition of our new newsletter, in two weeks' time!

Meanwhile, we know that lots of you love using Facebook and Twitter, so please share the love by clicking on the links below, and help promote Australia's great wine and food producers around the country.

Thanks again and see you soon from Robyn and the VV team.

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