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Enjoying the view, Grapevine Glamping at Cofield Wines, Rutherglen

Enjoying the view, Grapevine Glamping at Cofield Wines, Rutherglen [©Charlie Brown]

<i>The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace</i> by Tristan Stephenson
<i>New Zealand Wine</i> by Warren Moran
<i>Maggie's Recipe for Life</i> by Maggie Beer
<i>Flavours of Bali</i> by Smudge Publishing


Wondering what to get the wine and food lover in your life this festive season? At VisitVineyards we often discover some absolute gems in the world of wine, food and travel.

They might be spectacularly delicious – visually or literally – or perhaps an experience with a difference. Here are some ideas that might just help you with your Christmas gift list, from stocking fillers to much more.


Books – wine

The Champagne Guide 2018 - 2019 by Tyson Stelzer: for novice and knowledgeable wine lovers alike, this is the definitive guide that uncovers the dazzling world of Champagne the history, the place and the wine to drink today »

New Zealand Wine by Warren Moran: for those interested in the land, the vines and the people behind the wines, this is history and info from the ground up, literally, and the journey of this country's wine industry so far »

PAIRED: Champagne and Sparkling Wines by Fran Flynn and David Stevens-Castro: for any food and wine lover with tastebuds and a sense of adventure! Leave that comfort zone behind and discover how to match food perfectly with these wines »

Plus the annual wine guides that always add depth to any wine-lover's library and handy tips for the bottleshop:


Books – other beverages

Tasmanian Whisky: The Devil's Share by Bernard Lloyd: the island state has developed an international reputation for its whisky so this book is a timely in-depth look at the industry's history from the1800s as well as showcasing the the world-class distillers of today »

The Great Australian Beer Guide by James Smith: summer is the best time to expand one's craft beer horizons and this is the best book for the job. James Smith has hand-picked 150 beers, all of them offering something interesting »

The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace by Tristan Stephenson: ascribed one of the best books of 2016 by Robyn, it still remains relevant, entertaining and a must-have for any gin-lover »



The Little Library Cookbook by Kate Young: 100 recipes for the literary minded foodie from the Queen of Hearts' Tarts to Clam Chowder from Moby Dick! »

Short Cuts to Glory by Matt Okine: well-known chefs and foodies offer great recipes for novice cooks or those contemplating a move from home »

The Great Australian Cookbook by Helen Greenwood and Melissa Leong: Laura says this book falls into the category "if you're only going to buy one book this year..." A true taste of Australia from 100 of our finest cooks »

The Oldest Foods on Earth by John Newton: another best-of book from late 2016 and another that remains interesting and relevant. Ideal for those curious about the indigenous foods of our land or food history in general»

It's always about the food by the Monday Morning Cooking Club: for those who love the stories of the people behind the recipes, this book creates a sublime link between the two. Our reviewer believes the recipes will easily become part of your life »


Cookbooks for lifestyle

The Little Book of Slow by Sally Wise and Paul McIntyre: for those who need to slow down, live mindfully and savour the simple joys of life.... and isn't that all of us these days? Reviewer Paula also recommends for young people flying the coop »

Maggie's Recipe for Life by Maggie Beer and Professor Ralp Martins: probably the most popular book we've ever given away! This is a guide for brain health through nutrition and with Maggie involved, it's always going to be flavoursome nutrition! For any seeking to eat well and age well from this moment on or those who might harbour concerns about the potential of Alzheimers »


Cookbooks to inspire travel

Tasmania's Table by Paul County and Nick Osborne (revised edition): this is the ultimate guide to the cornucopia that is the island state. It's about the food, the restaurants, the people and the landscapes they joyfully inhabit told in exemplary style with striking photography to suit. We love it and it's perfect to plan a trip around Tasmania to treat your tastebuds »

The Flavours of series by Smudge Publishing: seriously good books to hone your travel plans in words and glorious images. Where will your tastebuds take you?

Food and Cooking of South Africa by Fergal Connolly: keen on travel further afield and introducing you to the fascinating history and culinary diversity of South Africa »

Lord Howe Island Cookbook by Pinetrees Lodge: for trip enticement or memories of a place once visited.  Kerry was impressed with the food as well as the extraordinary beauty of this World Heritage listed island, both of which are captured in this cookbook »

Books to inspire travel

Australia in Style by The Tailor and RM Williams Publishing: these authors know all the luxury retreats tucked away in the corners of our country. With 37 destinations shown to their best with stunning photos, it might be hard to choose your first perfect stylish adventure! »

Artists of the Margaret River Region by Carmen Jenner and Gabi Mills: the wine and food of this region are inspiration enough to visit but if you also love some fine art with your fine wine, this book is for you »

The Craft Beer Guide to Queensland by Barrel Media: for those after some hand crafted ales and lagers with their adventures in the sunshine state, this is a great stocking filler pocket guide to get you started »


And some experiences with a difference


These are just a few of the wonderful things we've found in the world of wine and food travel, and there's plenty more to be found on VisitVineyards!

And of course there's wine! (Too many great ones to mention here, but for some recent finds, search in the box on the RHS for tasting notes)

Have a great Christmas and New Year from all of us at VisitVineyards! Cheers!!

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