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Wine and food news and reviews

Assisting recovery from last summer's bushfires, a new regional cookbook will be launched at Tasmania's Bream Creek Farmers' Market on the Tasman Peninsula in early November.

Yummy recipes from Market stallholders, community members and the Parents' Association of the Dunalley Primary School (which was burnt to the ground) are complemented by regional images. Proceeds will develop the market and assist the Parents' Association. Pre-orders are now being taken; get something different for Christmas gifts and help rebuild in regional Australia »

WINE judges in the Riverina have been busy with two Shows. Diversity and depth of quality were order of the day at the Riverina Wine Show 2013, where wines from as far away as WA took out trophies »

And at the International Sweet Wine Challenge, also in the Riverina, judge Madeleine Strenwreth MW said "The best examples and trophy winners were bursting with personality, intensity and class while bright and lively acidity balanced the sweetness in a delightfully refreshing way." Here are the winners, 3 from Australia and 2 from overseas »

Winewise in Canberra receives around 1300 entries for their Small Vignerons Awards each year.  They've sorted the wheat from the chaff with their trophy and gold medal winners here »

Cider Australia is on the up, and has launched an annual Awards program with fourteen categories. Winners will be announced at a presentation dinner on Friday 18th October »

Tasmania's Stefano Lubiano Wines will open the state's first Biodynamic Wine and Food Interpretation Centre at their Granton Vineyard »



Through a sparkling glass - by Andrea Frost What makes a good wine? It's no doubt a lively discussion at many dinner parties and a question asked of every wine writer. In this extract from her book Through a Sparkling Glass Andrea Frost shares some thoughts on the subject that isn't as straightforward as some may think »

Summer feels like it's nearly here already in some parts of Australia, so get ready for some fresh, great tasting and healthy food with a sense of adventure and fun in marie claire Summer (which if you look out, you might find at a bargain price in your local Post Office!) A great gift cookbook for the young at heart or for the novice, a good cookbook for everyone else.

Did you know the busy growing city of Brisbane is one of our most foot-friendly capitals? Parks, reserves and historical sites are everwhere, and easily discoverable with the latest in the Best Walks Series. Featuring 35 beautiful and interesting walks,  Brisbane's Best Bush, Bay and City Walks by Diane McLay will have you getting out and about in any direction from the city »


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Wine and food travel

We can think of many reasons to explore the ACT and Victoria's North East Valleys but In case you need a few more ideas...

Rocco Esposito explores some of Canberra's specialities and has a revelatory wine tasting, discovering the once-promised potential of this region is being realised. He's now now counting the days until he can return to the vineyards of the ACT »

If your preferred mode of travel is two wheels, sans engine, then  Victoria's North East Valleys must surely be calling you. Cycle Salute runs over three weeks  (18 Oct - 5 Nov) with 50+ events for cyclists of all abilities and of course, some great gourmet rides around vineyards and food producers »

For a wonderful, indulgent weekend away, head to the King Valley and get a taste of La Dolce Vita.  Celebrate the The Sweet Life in Spring with wine, food, entertainment and the Valley's trademark Mediterranean family welcome »


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Wine and food events around Australia & NZ

Around the country there are wine and food celebrations aplenty. From boutique wine tasting to month long food appreciation, beers from around the world to taste in Hobart and Night Noodle Markets in Melbourne during Good Food month. It's all happening!


Melbourne: Good Food Month – 1-30 Nov »
Mornington Peninsula: Red Hill Estate BarrelART –  to 4 Nov »
Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Scarecrow Festival to 21 Oct »
Melbourne: Dinner with the Angels – 19 Nov »


Broke Fordwich (Hunter): Meet the Makers – 26-27 Oct »
Orange Wine Week – 17-27 Oct »
Manly: Australian Cider Festival – 19-20 Oct »


Granite Belt: Small Winemakers Show Public Tasting – 26 Oct »


Riverland Wine and Food Festival – 19 Oct »
Langhorne Creek Vignerons' Race Day – 17 Nov »
Coonawarra: Cabernet Celebrations – 18-20 Oct »


Geographe: Geographe Crush Wine Exhibition – 3 Nov »
Perth: UnWined Boutique Wine & Food Show – 26-27 Oct »


Hobart: Tasmanian International Beerfest – 15-16 Nov »


Martinborough: Toast Martinborough Festival –17 Nov »
Auckland: Taste of Auckland – 15-18 Nov »

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Win a vineyard break, wine and heaps more!

My goodness. what a great array of prizes to choose from (or choose all!). At this time of year many turn their thoughts to holidays so if you're toying wth the idea of a WA trip, then a vineyard break might tempt you! Or a unique wine tasting? We also have some excellent books and unusual prizes.

In Geographe, WA our friends at Bonking Frog Wines have just completed new accommodation. What could be more relaxing than a 3 or 4 night break in a vineyard? Yes, you can win this! Plus there are 4 mixed half cases of their wonderful wines to be won »

Fancy your own little vineyard one day? Win your very own grapevine with Adopt-a-Vine and you could start something special this summer »

Iconic Barossa estate, Seppeltsfield has introduced new tours including the unique chance to taste the wine born the year you were! Win one of three Taste Your Birth Year Tours »

Oh, this is so good! Also from Seppeltsfield, their superb shiraz, the essence of the Valley. Get a taste of their rich soils and history with one of two mixed cases of Shiraz and Shiraz Touriga Grenache to be won »

With summer approaching, add some style and elegance to your festive entertaining with a set of Plumm outdoor glasses. We have 4 sets to be won »

Luke Mangan features signature dishes and personal favourites in his brand new stylish book, Salt Grill. We have 3 copies to give away »

But wait, there's more! We also have five, yes, FIVE copies of Through a Sparkling Glass by Andrea Frost to be won. It's a fun journey from A-Z through wine land, great for beginners »

Alyce Alexandra is an independent author of cookbooks exclusively for the Thermomix. Win two spots at her Cooking Class at Fergusson Winery in the Yarra Valley on 27th October »

LAST CHANCE DRAWN TOMORROW (Wed 16th Oct) All aboard V/Ine to Geelong and Toast the Coast on the Melbourne Cup long weekend! Enter to win 1 of 5 travel/entry packs with train tickets to Geelong from anywhere in Victoria! »


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and you could win it for Christmas! A little bit of Matt Preston charm, wine & food advice and more, and EIGHT to be won. Get in for Christmas now »

Australian Wine Vintages 2014 by Rob Geddes MW has tasting notes for over 5,000 wines and solid gold wine advice. 3 to be won »

To any winners waiting on prizes, Kerry apologises but she's cruising down the Rhine and will be back in early November. She did try and contact you before she left!

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Auto club members, save in wine country

Hit the road Jack, Jill and everyone else! Out to the wine regions where wine, cider, food producers and other activities await and if you show your Auto club card, you'll enjoy an extra saving too:


  • Punt Road Wines (Vic): premium Yarra Valley winery, save 15% on all wines »
  • At Punt Road's cellar door, save 15% on their Napolone & Co Cider too% »
  • Grampians Estate (Vic): elegant cool climate shiraz, save 15% »
  • Hidden Creek (Qld): in the hills of the Granite Belt, save 15% »
  • O'Reilleys (Qld): boutique winery in the south east, save 10% »
  • Rocky Gardens (Tas): beautiful homemade preserves, jams and jellies, save 10% »
  • Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage (Tas): have fun with history, save 10% on entry »
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Your exclusive subscriber offers

If you'd like to expand your wine knowledge and library  we highly recommend these books. With the festive season looming, they would also make fantastic gift for the wine-lover in your life and you pay less too!

In The History of Australian Wine, Max Allen weaves the story of 20th century development through the firsthand recollections of winemakers, grape groweres, cellar hands, retailers, business people and more. This creates a unique insight into the wine industry over the last six decades.

Buy now to save 10% and don't pay postage »

The late, great Len Evans AO, OBE, penned much that was interesting and informative on the wine world including these two exceptional books: Not My Memoirs and How to Taste Wine. We highly recommend them for anyone interested in wine, its development or just keen on an entertaining read with many laughs included in the case of his non-memoirs. subscribers can buy both Len's books for $40 with free delivery »

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World Food Day and help Queensland farmers

Buy a bale and help support Queensland farmers

Did you know that tomorrow is FAO World Food Day? Sure, we now have 'world days' for just about everything, from wine varieties to pets, but this is the real deal and has been running since 1945, and marks the date on which the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation was founded.

This year's theme is Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition and this year the FAO want us to think about what would a sustainable food system look like? Is it possible to get from here to there? What would need to change to move us in that direction?

We're generally lucky in Australia; over 870 million people in the world aren't – they are chronically undernourished. Join the FAO's Zero Hunger Challenge here »

Back home in Queensland, sadly 60% of the Sunshine State is now in drought. Stock are starving, our farmers are getting depressed, and there is still a long way to go before the wet season starts. Click here to help right now by donating to Buy A Bale, an initiative of Aussie Helpers based in Charleville. Your money will go direct to affected farmers to help buy hay ($20), diesel (any amount), gift cards for groceries ($20), and more.

Donations of $5 and upwards are tax deductible and corporate donations are welcome too. And, you might just save a farmer's life. Buy A Bale now »

Thanks very much and have a great month!  Good luck for those into the Melbourne Cup, and see you on soon. Cheers from Robyn, Kerry, Andrew and the VV team.

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