PEMBERTON’s BLACK George Winery will release two new wines this month: the Warren River 2000 Classic and the Warren River 2000 Verdelho.

On October 11, Black George will feature at an exhibition of Pemberton wines at Scheveningen, The Netherlands.

Black George Winery is on the heritage trail 10 km south of Manjimup, with an original first settler’s cottage now serving as an ideal cellar door.

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PERTH’S latest haunt for sommeliers is The Grapeskin Wine Bar and Cellar next door to The Brass Monkey in Northbridge.

The venue boasts more than 60 wines by the glass and more than 200 wines by the bottle.

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GARDEN City Shopping Centre opens its new fresh food Marketplace this week.

The Marketplace will provide a wide variety of fresh produce along with home replacement meals and freshly prepared gourmet foods in a combination of eat-in or take-away styles.

The Marketplace will feature 15 retailers, 12 offering fresh, take-home and/or dine-in prod-ucts. Other new stores to join the Marketplace include Zushibento (sushi and noodle bar), Seafood Gallery, Fresh Today (fruit and vegetables) and Old Papa’s food-to-go.

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FRIENDS Restaurant, Alto’s and The Witch’s Cauldron have been named the World’s Best Restaurants for Wine for 2000 in American Wine Spectator Magazine.

Friends was awarded the second highest category, the Best Award of Excellence, followed by Alto’s and The Witch’s Cauldron in the 3rd category, the Award of Excellence.

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THE CIGAR Society of Australia dinner will be held at Origins Restaurant at the Sheraton Perth Hotel, on October 12 .

Host and cigar master Bruce Lewis will introduce and discuss the cigars being presented.

Sponsors Bacardi will feature its premium rum, Bacardi 8, which is aged for eight years in the warmth of the tropics in mature oak casks.

The drink has an aroma that is complex, sweet and honeyed with a subtle hint of vanilla and orange.

The all-inclusive price is $100 for members and $130 for non-members. This includes a three-course dinner accompanied by Rosemount Wines and three of the world’s finest cigars.

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BIBENDUM is a modern restaurant, renowned for being the first French Indian restaurant in the world.

Executive chef Opel Khan’s signature dishes include vodka-cured salmon served with potato wafers, layered with crème fraiche, infused cinnamon oil and rocket; mild goat cheese, eggplant and beetroot terrine served with poached asparagus and saffron butter; and grain-fed scotch fillet with truffle oil, potato mash and roasted field mushrooms with cardamon demi glaze.

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MELBOURNE Cup lunch at CONRADS Restaurant & Bar in Subiaco on November 7 will cost $55 per guest.

The menu will start with an entrée of home-smoked chicken breast on a beetroot and sweet potato salad with grain mustard aioli or sesame marinated asparagus spears on tossed glass noodles with toasted peanut, coriander and soy dressing.

Main course options include fillet of pink snapper meniure on roast harissa vegetables with a caper, parsley lemon butter, or chargrill- ed sirloin steak and garlic prawns with baby carrots and zucchini and tarragon hollandaise.

Dessert is a choice of passionfruit ice cream with shortbread biscuits plus a piccolo botte of Moet Chandon champagne

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MEAD’S Mosman Bay now offers a corporate charter boat for glamorous arrivals and departures. The 76ft Halvorson has a capacity for up to 48 people.

A Mead’s spokesperson said special requests for pick-ups and drop-offs were welcome.

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