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Fabulous food, wines to enjoy and fantastic deals on events


Welcome to our second newsletter of the month, with lots of food and wine happenings for you. We hope you are enjoying spring (or autumn) and all the lovely things the change of seasons brings.

We have three specials for wine and food lovers:

Pinot Noir by T'Gallant on the Mornington Peninsula For foodies, the extravaganza of MasterChef LIVE is on again in Sydney from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October. The celebrity chef line-up includes George Calombaris, Matt Moran, Maggie Beer, Darren Robertson, Darren Purchese, and Adriano Zumbo to name a few.

Our first special offer for you, our loyal subscribers – buy two tickets for $50 and save $20. This gives you entry to the event plus guaranteed seating in the live Mystery Box Theatre show of your choice! Find out more and book your tickets here »

But before you do you could win one of 50 double passes to MasterChef LIVE. To enter, be in the first 50 to like the event posting on our Facebook page and your tickets will be in the post.

Calling lovers of pinot noir! Our third special for September is kindly offered by Dan Sims and Ben Edwards, who feature on our wine videos page. Coming up on 21st October is PINOTPALOOZA and they are inviting us all there at a special price. Scroll down to the events section below to find out what Dan and Ben have offered us.

Enjoy the rest of September everyone, and see you again soon!


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Food news and reviews

Provenance Restaurant in Beechworth

Creme de la creme

Congratulations to all The Age Good Food Guide winners announced recently especially Michael Ryan of Provenance in Beechworth Victoria, who not only took out Chef of the Year but also was awarded Regional Restaurant of the Year.

Shannon Bennett's Melbourne restaurant Vue de Monde won Restaurant of the Year and Alla Wolf-Tasker of Lake House was acknowledged with a Legend award.

Special mention should be made of Ten Minutes by Tractor on the Mornington Peninsula which was awarded Best Regional Wine List but also was the only restaurant to jump from one to two hats.

Our food and cookbook reviews this month:

We get lots of great feedback about our reviews – a cooking school contacted us recently to say they always refer to them before buying  or recommending cookbooks for their classes! This month we loved:

  • Rosa's Farm by Rosa Mitchell – The result of over two decades' experience and enjoyment for Italian-born Melbourne chef Rosa Mitchell and her husband Colin. Country cooking at its very best – fresh, healthy and lovingly prepared »
  • Purely Golden Door by Executive Chefs David Hunter and Edwin Rosenkranz – It's never too early or too late to start eating healthily. Combining pleasure with health and wellbeing and you're on a winner with this book »

Food travels

Wine tasting at Hess in the Napa Valley

Experience California's legendary Napa Valley

Yes, this month we're looking further afield – to one of the most famous food and wine regions in the world.

With more Michelin-star rated restaurants per capita than any other wine region (14 stars awarded in 2012), the farm-to-table culinary scene in the Napa Valley will delight you. And you'll receive a warm welcome in the winery tasting rooms too when you sample the legendary wines.

Combine all this with a vibrant art, live-music and theatre community and healing hot springs, crisp clean air and luxurious spa resorts and you'll want to stay in the Napa Valley a while »

For more culinary travel adventures: »

Food and wine events

October Art Food Wine in the Mornington Peninsula

Experience Sydney's most exciting food month ever

Crave is Australia's biggest food festival with close to 500 individual events across October including dinners and lunches, tours and tastings, in locations both unexpected and spectacular.
Crave Sydney International Food Festival – 1-31 Oct »


PLUS Moore Park hosts over 25 of Australia's top chefs, including Maggie Beer, Matt Moran and Adriano Zumbo, and contestants from all the shows at MasterChef LIVE 1-5 Oct  »

WIN one of 50 free double passes on our Facebook page here »


For lovers of all things pinot, Pinotpalooza is on the 21st October. subscribers save $10 on each entry ticket purchased (normally $60) plus receive a  free Reidel glass and and a copy of Wine Companion Magazine. Get ready for an indulgent pinot affair with tastings of over 130 wines. How to book »


And there are even more tempting food and wine events coming up around the country:

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

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.

Spring Selections for RACT Members

Meadowbank Estate

Excellent wine, craft beer, tasty preserves and a stunning beachside location to relax are all featured in our Spring Selections for RACT* members. What a lovely  time of year to be out and about supporting Tassie's fabulous wine and food producers.

Frogmore Creek and Meadowbank Wines: both these wonderful wines are now available at Meadowbank’s cellar door. Save 15% on wine buys plus save 10% on special event tickets »

White Sands Resort and Ironhouse Brewery: overlooking a spectacular east coast beach, the Resort offers a 10% discount for direct bookings. Get a taste for the beer and save 10% on your beer and other purchases at the on-site Providore »

Rocky Gardens Preserves: from chemical-free fruit grown in the lush hills of the Tamar Valley, Pat and her family create these delicious, home-made jams, sauces and more. Save 15% on your farm gate buys »

* and visiting members of other affiliated auto clubs (eg RAA, RACQ, NRMA etc)


Spring savings for RACV members

Fine dining at Casa Luna in the King Valley

All around regional Victoria the sights, smells and tastes of Spring abound along with that feeling of anticipation for the coming growing season. A wonderful time to be out and about, cheering on our winemakers and food producers – here’s some added incentives!

Casa Luna Gourmet Accommodation & Restaurant: explore the vineyards of the King Valley then dine at Casa Luna, surely food lover’s heaven. Spoil yourself with luscious Italian-inspired food, matched to local wines and save 15% on your food »

Elmswood Estate: from the fertile red soil in the higher hills of the Yarra Valley, this boutique winery produces superb fruit-driven wine styles with riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot, merlot and small amount of shiraz. Buy at the cellar door and save 15% »

Myrtacae Winery: in a small picturesque valley on the Mornington Peninsula, enjoy wine tastings with the owners who grow the grapes and make limited quantities of elegant single vineyard wine. Also enjoy a 15% discount on your cellar door purchases »

Discounts apply to RACV and other travelling auto club members (eg RACT, NRMA, RAA etc)

Fifty more places to save at: »

Auto Club savings – Queensland

Riversands Wines in St George

In the mood for some spring-cleaning and re-stocking of your wine cellar/cupboard? Grab your RACQ card and spring into your car.

Wonderful wineries around Queensland are waiting to greet you with a welcoming smile and a special saving too! 

Riversands Wines: nestled on the banks of the Balonne River in St George, this friendly cellar door offers more than just a personalised wine tasting journey. Discover the bush stories in each glass, local characters from explorers to a woman in a wash tub! Save 15% on the wines you buy, too »

Banca Ridge Wines and Bistro: on the outskirts of Stanthorpe, this is a real gem. Not only will you enjoy delicious food and taste some great wines, you’ll be supporting the hospitality and wine-making students of the Queensland College of Wine Tourism.

Reason enough to visit but here’s two more – save 15% off your wine buys and 15% off your yummy Medley of Mains tasting platters »

Sirromet Winery: not far from Brisbane airport, discover the vineyard’s history and go behind the wine-making scenes with a fun and information winery tour following by a tasting that will awaken all your senses. Save 50% on the tour plus receive a bonus glass of the Vineyard Selection range »

Member of RACT, RACV or other auto club? Great news, these discounts apply to you too!


We're expanding!

Wirra Wirra Winery in the McLaren Vale, South Australia

Finally we can announce that soon we are expanding our Wine and Food Selections program into South Australia! From McLaren Vale to the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills to the beautiful Barossa, we're now inviting wine and food producers to get on board (email us here) »

Many of you have asked, and soon it will be here. Wine and food lovers who are members of any states' motoring organisations will soon be able to enjoy the substantial savings you already receive in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland when you visit vineyards and wineries, associated restaurants and food outlets in Australia's 'wine state'. We can't wait!

So until next month, we wish you and yours happy and healthy days, and lots of fabulous food and wine!

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


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