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Happy New year!

We hope 2016 is off to a great start for you and the year ahead looks full of exciting new experiences!

As you start planning your entertaining occasions, make sure you’re on top of the latest food and wine trends. The Wine Selectors Summer Catalogue is a great place to start as it features 16 of 2016’s hottest food and wine trends – from a focus on Malbec to the Hunter Valley and more!

A note for your diary: Selector’s Cuisine Discovery Dinner Series on February 25 at the RACV City Club in Melbourne.

Vintage 2016 and upcoming events
 Upcoming Events February 2016

For the vignerons and winemakers of Australia, it’s a time of great anticipation. For many regions, the picking of the grapes has started and the first predictions on quality have been made.

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The Hunter Valley is the first region in the country to kick off vintage and this year sees grape growers and winemakers battling mother nature (something they do better than anywhere else in the country. The trick has been to out-manoeuvre the weather (hail and rain) to successfully harvest the white grapes. The red harvest will be a challenge too, but fingers are crossed throughout the region for drier weather, which will lead to another year of great reds.

While there’s been water aplenty in the Hunter Valley over the last month, it’s been a very dry growing season across South Australia. This has created a long ripening period, and the lack of rain also means smaller berries and lower yields and therefore more intense flavours. On the flipside, the lack of rain has meant that supplementary irrigation has been necessary, an obstacle for those wineries whose access to water is limited.

It’s too early to predict how things are looking elsewhere in the country, so keep an eye out for updates in our March enewsletter.

What we can predict is that February is going to be full of opportunities to catch up with the Wine Selectors team. We’ll be at the following events and would love to see you there.

5-7 February: Newcastle Caravan Camping and Holiday Expo
19-21 February: Canberra Food and Wine Expo
26-28 February: Royal Canberra Show
26-28 February: NSW Wine Week Hyde Park
4-5 March: Newcastle Regional Show
8 - 10 April: A Little Bit of Italy in Broke, NSW

24 -29 February: Victorian Caravan and Camping Super Show
12 March: "The Italian Job" Lunch at Crittenden Estate

26-28 February: Adelaide Cellar Door Wine Festival

4-7 March: HIA Home Show Perth Stand 1

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Wine of the Month
Wine of the Month February 2016 

With a history stretching back to 1858, the Hunter Valley’s Tyrrell’s Wines is one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wine companies. So when Wine Selectors was starting out in the Hunter back in 1975, it was only natural that the two businesses would form a great friendship.

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To celebrate this relationship, Tyrrell’s turned back time with two releases exclusive to Wine Selectors that proudly display a label from 1976 that has been recreated – the Tyrrell’s Shiraz Dry Red 2012 and the Tyrrell’s Semillon Dry White 2015, which is February’s Wine of the Month.
“These special bottles acknowledge a very unique 40-year working relationship between Tyrrell’s and Wine Selectors. This label is a true replica from the original bottle that Wine Selectors first purchased from us for their members. It shows that tradition, history and solid relationships go hand in hand with innovation and freshness, not to mention that everything old is new again!” says Bruce Tyrrell.

Featuring in the 2016 Wine Selectors Food and Wine Matching Calendar, the Tyrrell’s Semillon Dry White 2015 is matched with steamed fish with soy sauce and Bruce explains why this is such a great pairing.
“Hunter Semillon is perhaps the greatest match for seafood, being a light to medium bodied wine that doesn’t overshadow delicate seafood flavours. Its wonderful crisp acid makes the palate ready for the next mouthful.”

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Your chance to WIN the ultimate wine-lover’s prize!
 Wine Lovers prize

Buy any 12+ wines or sign up to one of our Cellar Door Releases before February 14 and you could WIN a wine-lover’s prize worth $2,108 including:
• Liebherr WKb1712 Single Zone Wine Cellar valued at $1,740
• $300 Wine Selectors gift card
• 2 x Diamond glass twin set^ valued at $68.

But you’ll have to be quick – competition closes midnight, February 14!

Click the link below to browse our most popular selections including our Award-winning wineries dozens that feature a bonus bottle of Tasmanian Sparkling valued at $35! But you’ll have to be quick – competition closes midnight, February 14!

Treat yourself

Cuisine Discovery Dinner Series
Selector Cuisine Discovery

Join Selector magazine at the first of a unique series of dinners that are designed to explore and celebrate the diversity of cultures that have found a home in Australia.

Each of these dinners is designed to go beyond popular Australian interpretations and explore the authentic, traditional and modern elements of each cuisine.

Come and explore the beauty, elegance and simplicity of Japanese cuisine through the lens of the Kochi region. Kochi is the capital city of the Kochi prefecture of Shikoku island and has a major seaport and is renowned for fresh seafood, seasonal fruits and vegetables, livestock and its world famous Yuzu citrus.

The evening will be hosted by accomplished Japanese Chef “Kinsan” Ikuei Arakane and RACV Executive and “Iron Chef” Mark Normoyle. The dinner will include Sake, matching wines, a cooking demonstration and giveaways.

Thursday 25 February 2016
RACV City Club, Bourke Street Melbourne
6.30 pm to 10 pm.

Click below to view the menu and for booking details

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A new location for our Melbourne Cellar Door
 Melbourne Cellar Door Feb 2016

Next time you’re travelling through Melbourne’s domestic airport, come and say hi to the Wine Selectors team at our new location. We’ve moved to Gate 3 in the Qantas terminal and would love to welcome you for a tasting while you wait for your flight.

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Wines currently on tasting:

Our February wine of the month:
Tyrrell's Dry White Semillon (1976) 2015

From our Summer catalogue Regional Mediterranean Flavours Mixed Dozen:
Three Ponds Fiano 2015
Flying Fish The Italian Job Sangiovese 2014

From our Summer catalogue Pinot G Exploration Dozen:
Balgownie Black Label Pinot Gris 2015

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Get cooking with Essteele

With this Wine Selectors exclusive offer, you can flaunt your style with up to 30% off Italian-made Essteele cookware until the end of February, 2016!

Choose from the Per Sempre range, the heavy-duty Per Forza range, or the classic Per Vita range.

Simply visit and use the promo code SELECTOR25 at the checkout to get 25% off.

Join the Essteele club for an additional 5% off.

Wine Dinner: The Hunter Valley Meets the Sea
Hunter Valley meets the Sea

Join Tamburlaine Wines and Anchorage Port Stephens for their first wine dinner on Friday 4 March. Partnering with Tamburlaine Organic Wines, you will enjoy a a six-course degustation dinner designed by our new Head Chef, Michael Jenkins, along with hand-selected wines to match, as chosen by Tamburlaine Chief Winemaker, Mark Davidson.

Paired with some of the Tamburlaine new release wines and limited edition museum selections, the waterfront location on the Anchorage marina, compliments the menu designed to embrace the best local produce from the sea and the rich Port Stephens hinterland, with sophisticated simplicity.

Hurry! Limited seats available book today to secure your seat at the table

Wine & Music events
Wine & Music Events

Combine your love of great wine and fantastic music with these concerts in the vines.

New South Wales
Hunter Valley
February 20 – Simply Red at Bimbadgen Estate
February 27 – Rob Thomas at Hope Estate

South Australia
McLaren Vale
February 14 – Simply Red at A Day on the Green Leconfield
March 19 – Bryan Adams at A Day on the Green Leconfield

Yarra Valley
13 February – Simply Red with Natalie Imbruglia and Tina Arena at Rochford.
5 March – Rob Thomas with Pete Murray, Darren Middleton and Shaun Black at Rochford.
12 March – Hoodoo Gurus, Violent Femmes, Sunnyboys, Died Pretty, Ratcat at Rochford.

Winners are grinners
Crittenden Estate

Last year, we ran a competition in conjunction with our friends at Crittenden Estate. The winners were Terence and Janina Corlon who, as you’ll see in their letter below to Crittenden Estate, had a fabulous time enjoying their prize!

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Dear Linda,

My husband and I want to thank you for providing the fabulous prize we won through Wine Selectors.

We really enjoyed our stay in villa 3. It was so beautiful and full of light when we arrived on 26th December, we just wanted to stay here forever. We didn't have a car, but we didn't need one as the villas were just so homely we simply enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere sipping Crittenden Wines on the lake.

Our lunch at Stillwater was really lovely and we were sad they didn't open for dinners on the days we were there as we would have done lunch and dinner here.

We were very impressed with the variety of unique wines produced at Crittenden and we drank a few too many over our few days. We will be buying more Crittenden Wines in the future and we really want to come back to stay again very soon. We will probably bring some friends who were soooooo jealous of our luxury holiday away from the drought on our farm.

Thank you again.

Kindest regards,

Terence and Janina Carlon

We'd also like to congratulate Mr A Godfrey from Coburg, VIC who was the winner of our Wine Selectors & APT Cruise competition.

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Selector correction

In the Selector Special Edition 2015 there was a misprint on page 30. In Javier Codina’s suckling pig with sage and mango salad recipe, step 3 should read, “Roast for approx. 2.5 hours at 140ºC.”

We apologise for any inconvenience this error might have caused.

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