WHAT’S NEW IN 2018 FOR THE RUTHERGLEN WINE REGION

 Winemakers of Rutherglen Situated in Victorian Murray River country and protected by the Great Dividing Range, Rutherglen is a picturesque, easy three-hour drive from Melbourne, four-hour drive from Canberra or six-hour drive from Sydney; but is also easily accessible by air from Albury airport. The region offers visitors an effortlessly authentic wine experience and a … Read more

Say Cheese – It Is Always Wine Time!

Melbourne’s Wine and Cheese Fest Words & Images by Keti Kezunovic Every year wine and cheese enthusiasts get the chance to sample a variety of artisanal food and wine offerings from over 30 boutique vendors, at the Wine and Cheese Fest.  Celebrating the 6th year of the festival this one was no exception. Hosted in … Read more

REVIEW OF WINE AND CHEESE FEST

Wine and Cheese Fest – Meat Market, North Melbourne 17th March 2018 Words  by Celeste Iuliano Images Courtesy of Thomas Bindley It’s early on St Patrick’s Day, and a buzzing crowd is starting to gather on the street outside North Melbourne’s iconic Meat Market. Usually they’d be heading to the pub next door for a … Read more

TASTES OF RUTHERGLEN RETURNS IN 2018

Tastes of Rutherglen Returns in March to Showcase Region’s Best Tastes of Rutherglen will return on 10 and 11 March 2018 to showcase the best of North-East Victoria’s celebrated wine and produce. The 2018 programme is set to be the biggest and best on record with a stellar line-up of activities and menus for the … Read more

MAKE IT WINE TIME, ANY TIME

EDENVALE…a non-intoxicating, sophisticated lifestyle wine for those who wish to celebrate anywhere, anytime.

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Whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion, or just wind down at the end of a long day, there’s nothing much better than pouring yourself a glass (or two…) of wine or bubbles. But statistics show that almost 24 percent of Australians have injured themselves as a result of drinking, and even more can’t remember what they’ve done whilst drinking and have regretted how much they’ve had to drink*. So what if you could have your wine and drink it too – without any of the consequences? 

Edenvale alcohol removed wine makes it possible to do just that. Unlike most other non-alcoholic beverage alternatives, Edenvale wines are wines, made from varietal wine grapes, using traditional wine-making methods. Maintaining all the flavour, characteristics and varietal integrity of traditional blends, Edenvale removes the alcohol at the final stage of the wine-making process, leaving behind the health benefits of fermentation but cutting out the alcohol content – and your hangover.

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Offering a sophisticated alcohol removed alternative for those who still wish to sip on an adult beverage, Edenvale’s range of wines are also perfect for pregnant women, those abstaining from alcohol for various reasons, and health conscious consumers who still want to enjoy the social aspect of having a drink – without having a drink.

Heroes of the comprehensive range include a well-balanced and smooth Chardonnay, a fresh and fruity Sparkling Cuvee, and a Shiraz with flavours of dark plummy fruit and spice. With roughly half the calories of standard wine, you’ll not only wake up without the hangover, you’ll also be able to have a great night out – wine glass full and in hand – without ruining your diet, or the morning after.

https://edenvale.com.au/

RRP: $9.49 750ml bottle

Stockists: Available now from Coles, Woolworths, IGA, Dan Murphy’s and FoodWorks. 

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EAST MALVERN FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL RETURNS SUNDAY 19th NOVEMBER

Melbourne – Mark your diaries because the 2nd annual East Malvern Food & Wine Festival returns to East Malvern’s picturesque Central Park on Sunday 19 November 2017, from 10:30am to 5:30pm! **See below for Connie Lambeth’s Q&A with Festival Producer Margot Natoli… Q&A with Festival Producer: Margot Natoli Tell us how the East Malvern Food and … Read more

YUM CHA LUNCH AT JADE TEMPLE

Jade Temple – Sydney Saturday 28th October is gearing up to be a real treat for food and wine lovers, with a Special Customer Yum Cha Lunch at Sydney’s Jade Temple. There will be plenty of experience on hand when it comes to the pairing of wines with Cantonese food, including dumplings. Jade Temple Head … Read more

Keti Shines a Light on Durif and Muscat from the Winemakers of Rutherglen

 Durif and Muscat –  Winemakers of Rutherglen

  **Last week Keti Kezunovic headed to ‘Rutherglen in the City’ to taste and learn more about the iconic Rutherglen wine region’s unique wine varietals. As co-owner of the Melbourne Bars Pawn and Co., 29th Apartment and the soon to be opened StoryVille, Keti knows a thing or two about wine, and couldn’t wait to meet a few of the winemakers and discover more about Durif and Muscat.

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‘Rutherglen in the City’ showcased sparkling reds, primarily Shiraz and Durif, as well as a range of alternative whites. We were keen to discover more about Durif and Muscat, which seem to be the champion wines of the Rutherglen region, which provides the perfect environment for these particular grape varieties, primarily as a result of the long Autumn allowing a prolonged ripening process.

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Chris Pfeiffer, winemaker and owner of Pfeiffer Wines (pfeifferwinesrutherglen.com.au), considers this variety as ‘Australia’s most unique contribution to wine’, adding:

“No other region in Australia has Muscat’s at this champion level”.

History is the key for this variety, as the minimum cellaring is 6-10 years ageing, through to over 100 years. Such long cellared batches are basically for the next generation to nurture and continue the process.  The flavour profile consists mainly of a pronounced raisin taste, and is very sweet on the palate.  The older the muscat, the more complex the flavour profile, where notes of toffee emerge.

Paul Squires from Buller Wines (bullerwines.com.au), had a tip for an unbeatable dessert, suggesting to pour muscat over vanilla bean ice-cream. Interestingly, Pfeiffer had a more eclectic suggestion of pairing this wine with a tomato based carpaccio. Now there’s two hot tips from for the kitchens of the winemakers!

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Warrabilla Wines (warrabillawines.com.au), chief winemaker, Andrew Sutherland Smith, calls his 2014 Reserve Durif , ‘The Mother of all Durifs”.  At a whopping 16.5% alcohol, it certainly is! 

Although this wine is strong and rich on the palate, with big bold flavours, the grapes are very thin skinned, making this variety difficult to grow.  Great skill and precision is needed to ensure that this variety of red wine grapes make it to harvest time. Smith is a fifth generation winemaker, so has a substantial degree of experience to draw on.

Durif is tipped to be the new upcoming variety, with other Australian regions starting to release their own versions.  However the Durif growers from Rutherglen seemed to have really cornered the market on this particular variety.

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**At the recent ‘Rutherglen in the City’, Melburnians showed great interest in both Durif and Muscat – two distinct varietals that flourish in the Rutherglen soils and represent both the region’s tradition and innovation. Revered world-wide for its fortified wines, the Winemakers of Rutherglen are trying new ways with Muscat, with a range of Muscat cocktails on offer…think Muscat Coolers, Muscat Sangria and Muscat Espresso Martinis.

The Winemakers of Rutherglen are an inspiring collective of 19 wineries from one of Australia’s most historic and iconic wine regions, boasting more than 150 years of winemaking history.

Check out more online or head to the cellar door this weekend!

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ZUMBO & TIBBALLS SET TO GET TASTEBUDS RACING AT ANNUAL WINTER CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND!

Michelton Chocolate Festival This Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August

Mitchelton Wines and The Ministry of Chocolate will again partner to deliver the Mitchelton Chocolate Festival on the grounds of the iconic winery over this weekend!

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Bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, the winter festival will again be headlined by celebrity chefs Adriano Zumbo, Deniz Karaca, Kirsten Tibballs, Kylie Millar and Arnaud Vodounou and will be held on site in Nagambie in the heart of the Goulburn Valley. The celebration of all things chocolate will also showcase the best in local wines and produce together with established, Melbourne-based chocolate companies.

The Ministry of Chocolate owner and head chocolatier Drew Maddison, said that the event would be another step up from last year’s incredibly successful event, expecting to attract more than 8,000 visitors over the weekend which would be a huge boost for local tourism.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Adriano Zumbo and Kirsten Tibballs back this year, as well as many more elevated chefs and industry leaders to be involved in this celebration of all things chocolate. We’ll also be holding the much-anticipated chocolate and wine paring classes in the iconic Mitchelton Tower.”

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“The grassy outlook of Mitchelton Wines will again be lined with colourful marquees brimming with mouth-watering treats and the best knowledge of all things chocolate and sweet. Guests will also have the opportunity to walk through one of Australia’s largest and rarely seen underground wine cellars.

**The family-friendly event is free to enter and will include an exciting Children’s Zone complete with jumping castle and petting zoo.

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For more information please contact Drew Maddison on 0488 771 992 or visit http://www.micheltonchocolatefestival.com.au

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Melbourne Foodies Keep Sunday 19th November Free for the East Malvern Food and Wine Festival!

Mark your diaries because the 2nd annual East Malvern Food & Wine Festival returns to East Malvern’s picturesque Central Park on Sunday 19 November 2017, from 10:30am to 5:30pm!

Last year more than 3000 Melbourne foodies and wine lovers came together for an amazing day in the park, sipping and savouring over 100 wines and an extensive array of cuisines from specially invited local and regional culinary exhibitors and artisan producers.

East Malvern Food & Wine Festival in Central Park. Photos by Fiora Sacco copyright reserved 2016
East Malvern Food & Wine Festival in Central Park. Photos by Fiora Sacco copyright reserved 2016

This year will showcase a vast range of exquisite wineries from more than 15 Bendigo and Heathcote regions including Balgownie Estate, Tellurian Wines and Farmer and the Scientist. There will also be a new local craft beer and cider producer alley featuring Two Birds Brewing, Barrow Boys Brewing, Bad Shepherd Brewing Co and Captain Vanzibar. So come and enjoy a unique and intimate experience, meet the passionate winemakers and brewers and learn about, taste and purchase their premium award-winning wines and ales.

Feast on local Melbourne favourite food trucks and pop-up restaurant stalls including Richmond Oysters & Seafood Tapas, Riserva, Nepal Dining and That’s Amore Cheeses, and bring your shopping baskets and stock up on the best of Victorian produce, including locally produced cheeses, gourmet condiments, bespoke Christmas puddings and other festive season fare from artisanal producers such as NOGO Sauces, Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods, Josh and Sue, and many more.

East Malvern Food & Wine Festival in Central Park. Photos by Fiora Sacco copyright reserved 2016
East Malvern Food & Wine Festival in Central Park. Photos by Fiora Sacco copyright reserved 2016

We also have a full day of family and children’s entertainment planned, including roving entertainers, live music performances and magician master classes.

Don’t forget to bring your fur kids too and treat them to gourmet doggie morsels from the Canine Wellness Truck.

Entry is FREE and wine tasting glasses and ticket packages are available starting at $20, including a souvenir wine glass and tasting tickets.

EVENT DETAILS

When: Sunday 19 November 2017, 10:30am – 5:30pm

What: East Malvern Wine and Food Festival

Where: Central Park, Corner of Wattle Tree and Burke Roads, East Malvern

East Malvern Food & Wine Festival in Central Park. Photos by Fiora Sacco copyright reserved 2016
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More information:  www.eastmalvernfoodandwine.melbourne

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