Sharing Good Times and Recipes

leanne / February 22nd, 2011

Coming from an Italian family background, there is real enjoyment in eating good honest food, particularly with family and friends.

When we started our De Bortoli Calendar nearly 10 years ago it was all about the celebration of good food and wine. Recipes came from our family, friends and well-known chefs.

Barely into the 2011 year and here we are already thinking about next years calendar. We often receive so many recipes and ideas from our customers that this year we have decided to cast the net much wider and invite those suggestions for our 2012 Calendar.

We’d love to hear your stories surrounding food and in particular, those recipes that hold such fond memories for you. Simply send us a recipe that goes with wine for the opportunity to feature in our 2012 calendar. It couldn’t be any easier than that.

You’ll join past calendar contributors such as Rick Stein, Antonio Carluccio and Emeri De Bortoli in a beautifully presented calendar and for your efforts you’ll receive 1 dozen bottles of wine.

Go to our website for details on submitting your recipes and let your inner Nigella shine!



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Is this Climate Change or is it Cyclical?

leanne / February 13th, 2011

As for this season, whilst we were thrilled to finally fill the soil profile and all of the dams (about three times over), we wouldn’t mind about 3 weeks of sunny weather to get us over the line.

It is interesting to note, that we forget what we are experiencing is not out of the ordinary. Sure, maybe it is when you compare it to the last 5 years, however Steve and I are reminded of the conditions we faced when we first moved to the Yarra Valley over 20 years ago. Flooding was a regular occurrence. Winter/spring weather was often bitingly cold and wet plus you could put the tractors in the shed for 3 months and forget about them.

Vintage will be about 2 to 3 weeks later this year (than the last few years), but is pretty spot-on when compared to the 1995, 2002 and 2005 vintages. Steve says he would take any of these vintages in a heart beat at this stage. Of one matter we can be assured and that is, in agriculture, anything can happen.  Keep the blue skies happening and we’ll be roaring about this being the best vintage ever.


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