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Dear Andrew

Enjoying wineI don't think I'm the only one who feels that 2012 is racing past! The Melbourne Cup is nearly upon us, and soon it will be time to think about .... yes, Christmas and the New Year.

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves (although there are some great gift ideas for wine lovers if you scroll down). There are heaps of fun things to do in October and early November below.

Plus we have the latest wine news, some great subscriber offers (it's not too late for those of you who didn't get your Pinot PALOOZA tickets at $10 off  last month), and of course more fabulous giveaways including a weekend for two at Boynton's Feathertop in Victoria.

So kickback, relax and enjoy your October wine newsletter, or if you are at work, forward to yourself at home to read later.

If you're a new subscriber to or WinePros Archive, welcome! You can find out more about what you get here »

Wine news and reviews

James Halliday: A Life in Wine [Hardie Grant Books]
There are some excellent wine books out at the moment. Some of our faves are:
Champagne – A Global History by Becky Sue Epstein
Nothing says party like Champagne and this pocket-sized, lightweight guide is a great little read in helping to understand and get more out of every glass. It would make a lovely small gift  – or even more special, accompanied by a bottle of Champagne! Find out more about France's most famous wine and this cute book »
James Halliday: A Life in Wine
Serious wine lovers and fans of James Halliday will love this. His life, a combination of privilege, sheer hard work, luck and perseverance, has made the Australian wine scene rich with experience. The autobiography of an Australian wine icon, James Halliday »
Other good wine books we've seen this month:
Wine news:
Our congratulations go to Jacob Stein from Robert Stein Vineyard in Mudgee for winning the Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine 'Young Winemaker of the Year 2012', one of the most prestigious and highly contested national awards in the wine industry »
Other wine news from around the world:


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Wine travel

Seppeltsfield 100 year old barrel storage cellar
Australia and New Zealand are home to hundreds of grape varieties, from the mainstream to the obscure.
Wine critic Robert Parker states that "Australia produces something for everyone, at every price range". Find out more about grape varieties and famous wines as well as great value and genuine greatness in our wines »
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Wine events

Geelong's Toast to the Coast
Melbourne Cup and the Spring Racing Carnival
Break out the Champagne or sparkling wine, and celebrate a world class event that combines all the excitement of horse racing, fabulous fashion and the very best in entertainment – in both Melbourne and race courses around Victoria, 15 Sept-18 Nov. Melbourne Cup Day – 6 November.
If horse racing isn't your thing then make your way to the Toast to the Coast Festival where more than 25 wineries will be showcasing their premium cool climate wines. Locations throughout Geelong, 3-4 Nov »
More fun wine events around the country:


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Event organisers and marketers, don't forget you can list your food and wine events on our calendar FREE. Simply go to and enter your event details.


Win a winery getaway, wine and more

Boynton's Feathertop Winery, near Bright, Victoria
Fancy a couple of days lazing about a vineyard enjoying delicious food and wine? Or getting amongst the action of a working winery?
Then enter to win a winery getaway to Boynton's Feathertop in Victoria, or for the runners-up, one of four half cases of their oustanding wine  »
We know you love Tassie wine so join in the celebrations of the White Wine Weekend wherever you are, to win a case of premium Tasmanian wine »

It sparkles its way into life's big and historic occasions – delve further into the Champagne lifestyle with a personally signed copy of the elegant book Champagne & Chandeliers »

Adopt-a-Vine is a fun way to be part of the vine-to-wine process.  Enter now to win your very own adopted grape vine to nurture »

Love art with your wine and food? Take a V/Line journey to Ballarat for Capturing Flora. Win train travel, lunch and entry tickets »

And don' t forget these wonderful prizes are still on offer:

If you don't enter, you won't win – and your chances here are far greater than Tattslotto, as our many happy winners will testify. So have a go!

Support cancer research and win more Tasmanian wine!

Our great friends at Puddleduck in Tasmania's Coal River Valley are helping to quack the code for cancer with their annual Duck Dunk.

You can be part of the fun wherever you are just by buying a colour duck which gives you the chance to win some of their fabulous wine! Have a gander (?!) at the details here »

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 Are YOU a winner? Find out now » 



Subscriber offers – just for you

Pinot Palooza!
At we love bringing you exclusive offers and special benefits:
PinotPALOOZA! If you like, nay love this grape then this is surely your day of worship. It's a purely indulgent pinot experience, taking the plunge into the most enticing, silky, suave and sophisticated wine variety around.
Sip on pinots from 70 of the best producers in southern hemisphere then take home your free Reidel glass and copy of Wine Companion magazine. Book now and save $10 on your ticket »
This is your last chance to enjoy the bygone opulence and outback hospitality of North Bundaleer, just 30 minutes from the Clare Valley. These two offers finish at the end of October so book now:



What's coming up...

Zenbu Zen: Finding Food, Culture And Balance In Kyoto by Jane Lawson

Look out for your food and wine travel edition in two weeks' time, where we'll be checking out some new travel and cookbooks in time for you-know-what.

Meanwhile, we hope you have a happy October, full of good wine, food and fun.

All the best from Robyn, Kerry, Lara, Andrew and the rest of the and Winepros Archive team.

(You can read some more about us here if you like »)

 Missed our last newsletter? Catch the previous issue here »


* Wine samples for review and publication can be sent to, PO Box 488, North Hobart. Tas. 7002.
Please include price information and tasting notes, and food matching suggestions and recipes if you wish. (And a big thank you to those who recently sent some, including the delicious-looking summer wines from Plantagenet in Western 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 in our forthcoming Wine and Food Selections for RAA program, please email Lara at for more info and she will happily be in contact.