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Global Gypsies

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Global Gypsies

Do you want to get in touch with your inner wild child? Well abandon your schedules and inhibitions and let tour operators Global Gypsies be your guide. Traverse the historic Holland track on a 4WD cut through virgin bush in south eastern Western Australia (WA) by bushman John Holland more than a century ago. The 500 kilometre track was developed in 1893 when the glitter of gold attracted prospectors seeking their fortune. Experience a free bush skills seminar, 4WD practise, a poetry evening with professional poet Bill Gordon and visit John...

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Mondillo Pinot Noir 2008

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Mondillo Pinot Noir 2008

This Central Otago pinot noir has scooped the top prizes in one of the country’s oldest and most respected wine competitions, picking up a gold in the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2010 and trophy for Champion Pinot Noir. The run of accolades continued for the tiny Bendigo vineyard when it swept aside 1517 wines from around the country as its 2008 Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir was named Champion Wine of Show. Tasting notes describe the wine as a graceful, silky, single-vineyard wine which is dark in colour, elegant and balanced. It is...

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Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan

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Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan

Bet you didn’t see that coming! But if you’ve been to London, done Paris and are looking for something a bit more exotic for your holiday snaps, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan won’t let you down. World Expeditions offers a two week tour which explores these ancient countries, taking tourists along the Silk Road. Visiting the cities built and destroyed by infamous figures such as Gengis Khan and Timur Lane will open your eyes to the rich history of Central Asia. Plenty of bazaars, museums, mosques, tombs, palaces and medressas fill the itinerary...

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A Place In The Sun – Cuba

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A Place In The Sun – Cuba

Cuba Cuba could rightly be regarded as one of the world’s great survivors. The tiny island country on the periphery of the United States has forged an enduring national identity because of — and perhaps in spite of — its tumultuous history. Mention Cuba and a melting pot of impressions starts simmering — international uproar, Fidel Castro and Communism, the Bay of Pigs, JFK, salsa, the missile crisis, jazz, classic American cars, Guantanamo Bay, a near-crippling US-enforced trade embargo. These days Cuba is a little known but surprisingly...

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Mud House Pinot Noir 2008

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Mud House Pinot Noir 2008

Maraschino cherries, plums and crushed herbs, swirled through with fine tannins and subtle oak results in a velvety mouth feel and long delicate finish for this new release, medium bodied pinot. Hand plunged to extract the vibrant colour, flavour and delicate tannin structure, this single vineyard wine was sourced from Mud House’s vineyard in the Bendigo region of Central Otago. Available: From selected supermarkets nationwide RRP:...

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A Place In The Sun – Santorini

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A Place In The Sun – Santorini

Santorini Fantastic, fabulous, unforgettable Santorini deserves all the superlatives it gets. Every traveller succumbs to the beauty of this surreal, postcard landscape. Santorini is a relic of what was probably the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded history. If you want to experience the full dramatic impact of Santorini it’s worth arriving by a slower ferry with open decks, rather than by enclosed catamaran or hydrofoil. Santorini is famous for its spectacular sunsets. The village of Oia on the northern tip of the island is a hugely...

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French Pacific Paradise

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French Pacific Paradise

An array of fresh crusty bread stands before me, the smell of baking scents the muggy air. There are very few places in this world I’d rather be then in a French bakery. As I stand in line, desperately trying to make a choice, I watch the bakers weave in and out of the shop with trays of delights – pastries, brioche, croissants. When it’s my turn, I bring out my rusty French to order and am handed a pain au raisin; the smell intoxicating, the bread warm. By Bridget Gourlay Despite this very French scene, I’m not in Europe at all but much...

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Sacred Hill 2008 Halo Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

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Sacred Hill 2008 Halo Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Sacred Hill has released its 2008 Halo Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay to an exciting response. It delivers captivating aromas of peach and rock melon with subtle nuances of nutty oak. The palate is mineral and tight with generous stone fruit flavours confined with a fine chalky texture. This is an elegant and long drop with ripe peach flavours which linger on to a clean and dry finish. Only a limited number of each varietal of the Halo range is produced each year. Available: From premium wine outlets, restaurants and bars. RRP:...

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Wonderful Waipara

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Wonderful Waipara

As the well-known wine critic Bob Campbell puts it, “Canterbury’s stunning Waipara region is one of the unsung heroes of the wine industry.” By Kayte John It has become the fastest growing wine region in New Zealand with around 80 vineyards in the Waipara Valley, covering more than 1,200 hectares of plantings. There is no surprise that it has quickly become one of the great wine capitals of the world. Waipara has become synonymous with fine wine and great food and it’s right on our doorstep! Only a 40 minute drive north of Christchurch,...

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Sandihurst 2007 Pinot Noir

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Sandihurst 2007 Pinot Noir

This beautiful Central Otago Pinot Noir won a gold medal at the 2009 international Wine Challenge in the United Kingdom. It presents a strong red berry fruit aromas with a hint of wild mushroom, spice and thyme. The palate is well balanced with integrated toasty oak characters and a fine tannin structure. This lovely drop can be enjoyed now however, like all fine wines; it will improve with age and can be saved for a rainy day. Available from: Sandihurst Winery Cellar Door in West Melton orwww.sandihurstwines.co.nz as well as from selected...

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