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Wine, cheese and good times for all
Thanks to an amazing friend of mine, over the last few years, I have gone from a spirit drinker almost to a wine aficionado. Well, not quite, I'm very enthusiastic but maybe not quite knowledgeable. I have however learned to appreciate my version of a good drop.

Aussie Wine Month May 2017
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Aussie Wine Month is Australia's biggest celebration of Australian wine and is held all around Australia's wine regions during the month of May. Now in its sixth year, Aussie Wine Month celebrates the diversity, quality and regionality of Australian wines and seeks to create excitement about Australian wine.

In South Australia, there is an amazing array of events on offer for you to enjoy, all featuring fantastic South Australian wine. Here are my top picks for 2017.

Savouring SA

Wirra Wirra offers you the opportunity to go behind the scenes on Saturday 13 May 2017 from 11 am to 2.30 pm. Located at the corner of Strout and McMurtrie Roads, McLaren Vale, the Savouring SA event offers you the opportunity to enjoy a tasting in the original cellar door, take a tour of the historical barrel hall and ring the tonne Angelus Bell. Gain insight into the different styles of South Australian wine over lunch featuring local produce with wines from McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley.

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All guests receive a 10% discount on wine purchase with complimentary freight on shipping to anywhere in Australia. There are limited tickets available, so don't miss out on this exclusive experience. Tickets are $200 per person for this once in a lifetime event and can be purchased online at the Wirra Wirra website.

The Dead Arm Shiraz Vertical

Located in iconic McLaren Vale, d'Arenberg is hosting The Dead Arm Shiraz Vertical Masterclass and Cheese Tasting Plate from 1 to 31 May 2017. This 90 minute extravaganza is not for the fainthearted and is a masterclass which will take you through the history of the outstanding Dead Arm Shiraz, whilst being skilfully guided through each back-vintage sample. All lovingly matched to a cheese tasting plate; wine and cheese, what could be better!

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The experience does not stop there though, at the end of the class you will be gifted a current vintage bottle of The Dead Arm Shiraz presented in a gift box and signed by the winemaker, fourth generation family member Chester Osborn.

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Priced at $200 per person, this very special event is being held at 58 Osborn Road, McLaren Vale daily at 2 pm. Bookings can be made at the website. For further information please contact d'Arenberg on 8329 4888.

Henschke Hill of Grace

If you are hankering for a single-vineyard Shiraz, on offer from 1 May to 6 May 2017 is the Henschke Hill of Grace 2012 Cellar Door Release. Located at Henschke Cellars, 1428 Keyneton Road, Keyneton, you can enjoy a complimentary tasting of this newly released Shiraz.

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The Cellar Door is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4.30 pm and Saturday 9 am to 12 pm. For further information contact the Winery on 8564 8223 or head to the website.

Chateau Yaldara 1847 Wines

If fortified and premium wines are more your thing, then why not head out to Lyndoch and join Chateau Yaldara 1847 Wines for their wine experiences. Located at Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch, on offer is two varied experiences which will see you tap into a treasure trove of fortified wines including rate 30 year old and 40 year old tawny ports or premium wines.

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Enjoy a private tasting in the historic cellars accompanied by an assortment of local cheeses and produce. This experience is by appointment only, lasts for approximately 1 hour and is $20 per person for a minimum of 4 people.

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Or why not take the Winery Tour and go for a walk through the historic cellars and maturation areas to hear about their history and winemaking techniques.

Following the tour, you will be taken on a leisurely tasting of premium wines, while enjoying a local cheese platter. The Winery Tour is by appointment only, lasts for approximately 1 hour and is $20 per person for a minimum of 4 people.

These experiences are available throughout the year. Please contact the Winery for further information on 8524 0200 or email wineroom@1847wines.com.

Langhorne Creek Wine Show Tasting

To be held on Sunday 28 May 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm, Langhorne Creek Wines is giving you the opportunity to taste the stunning array of wines entered into the 2017 William Buck Langhorne Creek Wine Show. The tasting is being hosted at the Langhorne Creek Memorial Hall, located at Bridge Road, Langhorne Creek and is a beautiful, historic venue for this event.

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Speak with producers and compare the Wine Show winners, along with a selection of more than 190 different Langhorne Creek wines.
Cost is $20 at the door and includes unlimited tastings from a stunning Spiegelau wine glass. Wine will also be available for purchase to enjoy with some light refreshments or why not buy some to take home!

For further information contact 8537 3362 or see the website.

Many more events are available to suit all tastes. Please see the Aussie Wine Month website to find your favourite event.
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Why? Wine, cheese and great company.
When: 1 - 31 May 2017
Where: South Australia
Cost: Ranging from free to the skies the limit!
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