Win 12 long stem Rosé for your love this Valentine's Day

**Giveaway time**
Who needs flowers when you can surprise your love with 12 long stem Rosé (pun intended!) for Valentine’s Day.

In the spirit of spreading love we’re gifting 12 bottles of Bendigo region Rosé to one lucky person to share with their love.

For your chance to win it’s easy:

1 Follow the @Bendigo_region_wines Instagram page
2 Tag your love in the post comments

Entries open until 12th February 2019. Winner announced on Instagram on 13th February 2019.

Eligibility: This competition is only open to entrants aged 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry (proof of age required of winner). Must be a citizen of Australia and live in Australia to qualify.

Agreement to Eligibility: By participating, the entrant agrees to be fully unconditionally bound by these Eligibility rules.

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An edible escape at the Longest Lunch Bendigo

Bendigo’s leafy Rosalind Park is the setting for this celebration of local wine and food. The Regional World’s Longest Lunch Bendigo is on Friday 15th March 2019.

At a single long table stretching through the park’s picturesque boulevard of trees, guests will enjoy a six-course menu from the chefs at Wine Bank on View with a focus on regionally-sourced food.

This will be accompanied by wines from Bendigo wineries that have been selected by a panel of local sommeliers and wine buyers, some of whom will be on hand to discuss the wine strengths of the region.

On 15th March we’ll be bringing wine and food to the park said Bendigo Winegrowers Association President Wes Vine.

“Regional World’s Longest Lunch Bendigo is all about celebrating that magical moment when food, wine, location and friends come together.”

“We like guests to experience the diversity of Bendigo’s food and wine scene with a range of flavours and wine styles as part of the lunch.”

“There really is no better way to experience Bendigo than an edible escape to Regional World’s Longest Lunch Bendigo,” said Vine.

Presented by the Bendigo Winegrowers Association and Wine Bank on View, guests can expect a relaxing afternoon at the gorgeous long table that stretches along the grand boulevard of Rosalind Park.

Tickets are on sale now from Wine Bank on View (03 5444 4655) or online from Melbourne Food and Wine. Tickets are $145 per person.

Regional World’s Longest Lunch Bendigo is part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne. Thanks to local lunch sponsor Robertson Hyetts Solicitors.

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3 tips for drinking red wine this summer

Red wines are commonly associated with winter nights and fireplaces, but we believe that a glass of red in summer is just what you need with a delicious picnic or lunch in the sun. 
 
We’ve taken it upon ourselves to let you know that it’s OK to drink your red wines chilled. Here are a few of our tips.

Chill out, red wine is delicious in summer
 
The ideal temperature for serving red wine is actually 14-18 degrees. The cooler temperature can help tame the alcohol in higher percentage alcohol wines. It’s completely OK to chill your wines all the way down to 14 degrees to refresh you this summer.

Serve with a plate of delicious things
 
We all know that red wine pairs well with red meat. While thick, juicy steaks and slow-cooked lamb shanks are the winter comfort foods we all crave, we suggest pairing your chilled reds with something lighter in summer. Pair with pâté, cheese and biscuits or grilled tuna.
 
Refrigerated, not stirred
 
We suggest chilling your red wine in the fridge for 30-45 minutes before serving to reach optimum summer chill. Never place it in the freezer! Once opened, it’s a good idea to decant the wine to give it some room to breathe before enjoying.
 
Ultimately, it’s about your personal preference. We believe that while wine may benefit from certain treatment, it’s best served just the way you like it.

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