03/09/2008 - 22:00

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03/09/2008 - 22:00

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As many as 21 2006 vintage rieslings from all over the world will be showcased at the third annual Howard Park international riesling tasting and lunch event, to be held on October 4 at Howard Park winery in Margaret River.

This year, the guests will be guided through wines by expert Tim White, wine writer for The Australian Financial Review, Jane Faulkner, wine writer for The Age and David LeMire, Master of Wine.

Following the tasting, a five-course gourmet lunch prepared by chef Saul Atkinson will be matched with the new vintage of Howard Park wines and a selection of museum wines.

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Houghton Wines excelled at the last Sheraton Wine Awards held a couple of weeks ago.

The 170-year-old winery, which has vineyards in the Swan Valley, Margaret River and the Great Southern, won the most successful exhibitor award thanks to gold medals for its Verdelho Muscadelle NV, its Chenin Blanc Chardonnay Semillon 2002, and its Riesling 2008.

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Change is afoot at the Richardson Hotel's eatery, with the Opus Restaurant altering its opening hours to dinner only, from 6pm to 10pm, as of September 1.

However, chef Todd Cheavins and his team will still be catering for breakfast and lunch in the Conservatory, which is the alfresco area attached to the Opus.

The Conservatory is open everyday for breakfast 6am to 10am and lunch from 12 to 2.30pm.

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Leeuwin Estate will be launching the start of its wine export in Vietnam with a celebratory dinner to be held on October 10 at the Beaulieu Restaurant in the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi Hotel.

But if you can't make it to Hanoi, the Leeuwin Restaurant in Margaret River also just launched its spring menu, which includes mouth watering items such as a gruyere soufflé, pear and fig vinaigrette, baby herb salad and a salad of Pemberton marron, smoked salmon, avocado, and orange poppy seed dressing.

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