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Milestone for slow food

The global slow food movement marks its 20th anniversary this year, and proponents hope the milestone will serve as a reminder of the benefits of the slow food revolution in a fast food world.

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One of the most eagerly anticipated and colourful events of the world’s wine calendar has just passed – the release of the new vintage of beaujolais nouveau.

Palandri ahead on the pack

Just when you had become used to screw caps on wine bottles, Margaret River winemaker Palandri this week unveiled the latest innovation in wine packaging.

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There are only a few more days to catch the match of the month at Must Wine Bar.

Culture vultures head south for the Margaret River wine festival

It’s on again; the biggest and most keenly awaited wine event on the local calendar – the Margaret River Wine Region Festival.

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Hard on the heels of its impressive five-star rating in the 2007 edition of James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, Millbrook Winery is celebrating again, with its Estate Shiraz Viognier receiving a top 100 award at the 2007 Sydney International Wine

Awards keep rolling in for the Brisbane Hotel

A group of the most influential hoteliers in the country sat in Sydney’s Hilton Hotel recently and confirmed what many of Perth’s Sunday session devotees and midweek revellers already knew; the Brisbane Hotel is the best hotel in the country.

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Howard Park seems to be giving itself all the presents as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Wagyu find wine just the right kind of tipple

Wagyu, the Japanese breed of beef famed for its marbled fat, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in recent years.

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The Margaret River region will host the MasterCard World Wine and Travel Summit from November 13 to 17.Speakers include Richard Cartiere, a respected US wine journalist whose Wine Market Report,

Matso’s brew a nice package

In a climate where the state’s microbrewery stocks are surging ahead and consolidating across Perth, it is worth noting that the Western Australia’s most isolated brewery is quietly and efficiently going about its work.

Wine show’s fresh focus

The Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia broke with almost three decades of tradition this year when, for the first time, the event was held in Perth.

Epic coffee creation shines brightly

Corey Diamond says there are two standards of coffee in Western Australia – his, and everyone else’s.

Mt Lawley eatery adds Spanish flavour

When Damien and Dion Trinder swung open the doors to their new restaurant, The Pony Club, just over a week ago, they did more than introduce Perth to its newest restaurant - they further entrenched Mt Lawley as the state’s hottest food venue.

Devlin smokes ‘em in the cigar stakes

Simon Devlin may have put cigars on the map in Western Australia, but his new venture may stamp his authority over the luxury good on a national scale.

Shiraz proves itself the real deal at Peel Estate tasting

Peel Estate winemaker Will Nairn takes shiraz about as seriously as it’s possible to take it.

Bartender stirred, not shaken, by win

Gary Beadle is at the top of his game. The Luxe Bar general manager has just scooped the pool in the highly contested 2006 WA Suntory Cup, beating a field of Perth’s elite bartenders.

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The unearthing of two truffles weighing nearly 300 grams and 750 grams each during a recent Truffle Hunt Day has further entrenched Manjimup’s Wine and Truffle Co’s viability.

Head for the hills – it’s show time

It’s an exciting time of year for all those involved in the wine industry, with retail shelves stocked with the first offerings from the 2006 vintage and wine journos writing reviews intended to entice and inspire consumers.

Lamb arrives with a spring in its step

Restaurant menus around town go through a massive change as the seasons switch from winter to spring. Sauces get lighter, flavours get fresher and new-season produce is quickly given a starring role.

Awards sparkle despite missing gold

The annual Sheraton Perth West Australian Wine Awards were at their glittering best last week as the 29th instalment recognised the best of the state’s wine industry.

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Perth hills winery, Millbrook, takes viognier pretty seriously, which is evident in the wines from the past couple of vintages. But the winery also extends its commitment to the variety with an annual tasting.

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Western Australia’s rapidly growing, and improving, cast of microbreweries welcomed a new member to the table last week, as the Indian Ocean Brewing Company swung open its doors.

Talijancich leaves nothing in reserve

Talijancich Wines has become one of those iconic producers that define a region; a producer recognised for encapsulating all the very best attributes of a particular area while also raising the profile of surrounding wineries.

Ria finds favour with regional focus

A change may be as good as a holiday for most, but it looks to have brought even more reward for those behind Leederville restaurant, Ria.

Japanese deal has Chesters heading in the right direction

A CHANCE meeting in the middle of the tasting room one sunny Swan Valley afternoon has secured for Chesters Restaurant what wine marketers around the country are all struggling to achieve – export sales for Australian wine.

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Global Wine Ventures Ltd has signed a national distribution deal with red+white.

Gage Roads set to rise in the east

Western Australia’s largest craft brewer, Gage Roads Brewing Company, has signed an exclusive national distribution deal with wine giant Hardys Wines.

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Do you want to feel good about yourself while eating the best food in town? Then join the charitably food conscious for this year’s Celebrity Chef Dinner, ‘Dinner at the Bay’.

Experienced trio brings a fresh perspective to Verve

Three of Perth’s most seasoned hospitality players have taken over the helm of Verve. Restaurateurs Josephine Mac Fie, Chris Vane and chef Belinda Martin opened the doors at the smartly appointed restaurant and bar at Woodside Plaza last week following

Symposium offers thought for food

An important debate about the place of food in our society will be held in Perth next month as the University of Western Australia’s Institute of Advanced Studies presents Food: Production and Consumption.

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