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Need to make some room. 🍷 In. My. Belly. Exciting wine from an exciting producer. Cheers Eli, @colleenaj @radiobridgeman and Team @levantinehill and congratulations on your international, national and local successes. May they keep on keeping on. #levantinehill #yarravalley #yarravalleywine #wineyarravalley #yvwine #winerack #winningwine

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NEW resource for Vegan winelovers just launched @vinoforvegans 🍷. Follow ‘em for easy peezy list of vegan friendly wines and other good stuff. #veganwine #australianwine #vegan #wine #winelovers #natural #wineforall #sixacreswines

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Aromatic, delicious and generous—and that’s just the food. Congratulations @dylanmc_sevest @tonylayton01 @spthogersen @bell5296 and the entire team @seville_estate on a new Must Taste experience in the Yarra Valley. We had a fantastic time last night, stimulated and 100% satisfied (read ‘full’) by the whole menu and on point wines. Highly recommend. PS Check out the ‘Yum’ story on @yarravalleycellardoors for full picture of deliciousness experienced. #sevilleestate #yarravalley #yarravalleywine #yarravalleyfood #dinner #foodstagram #winestagram #new

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Thanks John for a thorough tasting of the range @crittendenwines today. Just now drinking the Grigio and looking forward to popping open the other takeaways soon. #crittendenestate #morningtonpeninsula #wine #winetasting #pinotgrigio #pinotgris #pinotnoir #chardonnay #savagnin #shiraz #mpwine

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Hump day? Naa, Top Day! Fantastic tasting today @tarrahillwines with winemaker and owner, Jonathan Hamer. We went through everything including how to make Le Batard (add some cool climate Shiraz to your cool climate Pinot Noir). Out of the box Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and ‘represent’ Valley floor Cabernet. Then there’s the top scoring Shiraz. No cellar door but join there mailing list for a personal invitation to a once-a-year open day. #yarravalleywine #tarrahillwines #yarravalley #wine #winetasting #chardonnay #pinotnoir #shiraz #cabernetsauvignon #yvwine

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Lunch @dominiqueportet today, complete with a winery tour courtesy @gerhardmorey made Hump Day a hoot. Classic French dishes with top Yarra Valley wine, and then a guided peek behind the winemakering curtain. Thanks team, DP! #dominiqueportet #winery #cellardoor #yarravalley #yvwine #yarravalleywine #lunch #frenchstyle #frenchfood #frenchwine #inspired

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Go get ‘em Tony! So happy for me mate n’ Yarra Valley local and widely experienced wine/restaurant/hospitality professional @tonylayton01 who is busily preparing behind the scenes for the opening of a new eatery @seville_estate 🍷 Historic winery going through a renaissance and Tony in charge of the nosh offering and much more (just wait for the wine list!) Watch that space. #sevilleestate #winery #restaurant #finedining #yarravalley #cellardoor #new #yvwine

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Chef’s table for lunch? Don’t mind if I do. Lovely way to enjoy my mate, Tim’s company and get fuel for the road. What a treat @themabel__ today. Thanks mate. #themabel #lunch #delicious #mates #asian #chinesefood #masterbroth

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Checking out @sab.brewery tonight. Crisp, clean and flavoursome both, Pale and Golden Ale. Impressive set-up and good value meals too. Thanks Mum and Dad for living around the corner 👍 #standrewsbeachbrewery #craftbeer #independentbeer #beerstagram #morningtonpeninsula #fingal #visitvictoria #paleale #goldenale

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Loving the new wines on tasting @yarravalleycellardoor including Italian varietals from @robdolanwine a 2015 Syrah from @livzakwine and a couple of booming Shiraz from @seville_estate 👌🍷 Put together with the other Yarra Valley gems from @santolinwines @squitchylane & @warramundawine and it = shamalangabingbang. Which means outstanding. #yarravalley #wine #yarravalleywine #robdolanwines #santolinwines #sevilleestate #squitchylane #warramundaestate #livzakwine

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In wine-town Healesville this weekend? Why not hop aboard @yarra_valley_rickshaws for a #healesvilletasting tour? Meet Paula at 2pm, 242 Maroondah Hwy (at Alchemy laneway) on Sunday 4th March and after tasting 10 of the best Yarra Valley wines @yarravalleycellardoor then sipping on some homegrown gin, vodka and moonshine @alchemydistillers take a ride to taste more YV gems @payten_and_jones @fourpillarsgin @wattsriverbrewing and @graceburnwineroom 👌 Beer, wine and spirits, Yarra Valley style. PS Get some delish food by @joe_slinger too 👍 #yarravalleyrickshaws #healesville #yarravalley #wine #beer #spirits #yarravalleybeer #yarravalleywine #yarravalleyspirits

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Goes well with duck. 👍 Thanks @healesvillehotel for a delightful Valentines dinner. Wine, food, service and atmosphere all top notch tonight. Bravo baby. #valentinesday #healesvillehotel #bookedout #delicious #bourgogne #josephfaiveley

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Loving the dedication to drinks from @taylordrinks @alchemydistillers today. This Strawberry Soda he whipped up for my daughter/s rocked their world. Another Healesville hidden gem. #healesvillehiddengem #healesville #bartender #alchemydistillers #mocktail #drinks

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What an absolute delight. Opened up across pre-dinner, dinner (chicken schnitzel, potato roasties, green beans and cobbed corn) and post-dinner (surfing Netflix). Early nose of white peach, lemon curd and nectarine, and palate of lemon meringue, blood orange, sherbet fizz and mandarin. Later it all came together to be a warm, fresh summer night fest. Vintage 2016. Made dinner a winner too. #sorrenbergwines #beechworth #wine #sauvignonblanc #semillon #sauvignonsemillon #tastingnote

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Always amazing @levantinehill 🍷 First class service, food and, most importantly, wine. Highly recommend the degustation and wine paired menu for an exceptional Yarra Valley experience like no other. #levantinehill #ezard #finewine #yarravalley #finedining #wine #winelover #syrah

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Putting the sign out this morning for Yarra Valley Cellar Door, my new wine-tasting room, I turned over my shoulder and saw Phil Sexton, my old boss at Giant Steps (and Innocent Bystander then), on his way to work. We waved; we smiled. It reminded me of my first wine job in the valley, and how much I learnt there. Very excited to have begun this new chapter, and very thankful to all the wine-folk in the valley who have educated me one taste, spit and swallow at a time. Still learning. Always learning. #yarravalleycellardoor #yvwine #yarravalley #wine #cellardoor #winetasting #giantsteps #innocentbystander

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Went out tonight to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and came home to artwork for new (ad)venture I'm starting this week. Perfect finish to a magic 'Valley' day—thanks @levantinehill for a great gig, @payten_and_jones for a fantastic—friendly; casual—tasting, @fourpillarsgin for a top pre-dinner libation and @giantstepswine @jarrod_hudson73 for dinner to finish (you too @brettonrandall AKA 'The Nicest Guy' in the Valley). Also, thanks to Honey for the artwork and confidence vote: gonna give @yarravalleycellardoor everything I got. Love my home. And family. #yarravalley #yarravalleywine #yvwine #yarravalleycellardoor #winetasting #softopening #tomorrow

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