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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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Tonight's dinner is all about local produce—just how we like it. Forage bubbles from @foragewines (whose winemaker is so busy globetrotting as a wine consultant we only catch up—vicariously—when we're lucky enough to score a rare bottle @barriquewinestore 👍) and pasta from @yarravalleypasta (made around the corner from ours). Cheers to everyone making yummy stuff in the YV! #yarravalley #yarravalleyfood #yarravalleywine #yvwine #yvfood #forage #yarravalleypasta

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Vegan for a day. Sunday 12th November was @world_vegan_day_melbourne so the family gave it a crack. Fortune favoured as we stumbled upon some scrumptious vegan food stalls at Maroondah Festival. Not pictured is the chocolate pudding cake and spinach bakes we all enjoyed, along with this eggplant bake and Turkish Delight. PS Started the day with fruit/soy smoothies and finished with falafel n' tabbouleh wraps. #worldveganday #worldveganday2017 #vegan #wholefood #deliciousfood #healthyfood #maroondahfestival #healthyliving #plantbasedfood

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Cherry's expression matches mine when told by the bartender "That'll be $14, please"—for local Bellarine bubbles, Chardonnay and two soy hot chocolates! Lucky us walked into a locals night celebrating new liquor license for @rockwallatthepier in Port Arlington. Free nibbles too. And everyone so friendly. Check 'em out sometime. Just lovely. #portarlington #rockwallatthepier #bellarinepeninsula #newbar #localwine #wine #bubbles #chardonnay

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Wine tastings. They can be fun. And enlightening. Coming soon, me own room to swoon and croon—you never know—about some truly terrific Yarra Valley wines. PS Will be pouring some beauties tomorrow from 5pm. PPS Thanks Alchemy Distillers for the sign—and the room. #winetasting #healesville #yarravalley #yvwine #squitchylane #soumahwines #helenandjoeyestate #mandalawines #elmswoodestate #winelover #winestagram

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