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Winter with Dal Zotto

Chef Mark Mason takes a stubby knife. He grabs a container from the kitchen bench and steps out into clear morning light of the King…

Marc Scalzo Rutherglen Estates’ Winemaker

The air is still and warm. The leaves on the vine are beginning to turn, some yellow, others russet and golden. Rutherglen Estates’ winemaker Marc…

Return to Western Port

There are snatches of blue water you can see through the old gum trees as you drive along Paringa Road. Tumble-down apple sheds line the…

Dreaming of a Delicious Winter

The weather has turned cold and Chef Kurt Adam is getting excited. The New Zealand-born chef came up to the High Country to work a…

Noble Heart – Pizzini Wines’ Nebbiolo

I’ve been lucky enough to know Alfredo ‘Fred’ Pizzini for quite a while and I’ve never seen him quite like this. He’s clearly rattled and…

Rutherglen Estates 2014 Tempranillo, Renaissance 2013 Durif & 2014 VRM

Review: Rutherglen Estates 2014 Tempranillo The Rutherglen Estates’ Tempranillo wine lifts the bar with a sweet, succulent and rich bouquet. It’s everything a ripe and…

Art Renaissance – Bryony Nainby

Bryony Nainby gives the great heavy door a heave with her shoulder and it slowly slides open. The Benalla Art Gallery director walks into the…

Epic New Aussie Gin from Hurdle Creek

Over the past couple of years Essentials has sampled a range of Victoria’s best boutique gins but non as impressively unique as Simon Brooke-Taylor and…

Ben Bergmann’s Mountain Gastronomy

Jamie Durrant travels the high road deep into the lush cool-climate King Valley to sample autumn’s finest dining at Whitfield’s newly rejuvenated Mountain View Hotel….

Deluxe Marinara with blue-eye cod, king prawns, green-lipped mussels and vongole

Serves 6 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 brown onion, peeled and finely diced 2 garlic cloves (large), peeled and finely diced] 1 fennel…

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Real journalism, passion for historically significant photography and telling a great story is what we’re about. Visit Essentials Magazine Australia for the latest news and reviews on food, wine, hotels, art and design trends. Take a trip between the covers and you’ll find style with purpose – smart layout, crisp, colourful images and well researched an written articles. Essentials Magazine has a well established, dedicated readership from travel-savvy Gen-Xs to high income Baby Boomers, who enjoy an eclectic content mix of food, wine, arts and culture.

Essentials Magazine Australia was launched in March of 2006, and is the brain child of owner/editor Jamie Durrant, son of renowned Australian photo realist artist Ivan Durrant. Ivan Durrant also contributes to the magazine, writing Australian art features. Essentials Magazine began as a limited release tourism only publication, distributed across High Country Victoria, Australia. Today, the magazine has grown to extended distribution areas including: The Murray, High Country, Mornington Peninsular, Yarra Valley, Melbourne CBD and Bayside. Content wise, it today features both Australian and international culture, food and travel articles; and more recently: content interviews with film star and music celebrities, via its relationship with The Interview People, Germany.

In May 2012, Essentials Magazine launched its debut iPad magazine internationally. iMonitor, a global app ranking program run by McPheters, that assesses more than 5000 magazine and newspaper apps around the world, is seen as one of the leading ranking programs in the sector. iMonitor judges apps on navigation, stability and rich interactivity. Essentials Magazine was featured by McPheters as the highest-scoring new international magazine app (May, 2012). Essentials Magazine app for iPad scored 13, which puts it in the 96th percentile for apps – a rank that includes major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Australian Gourmet Traveller and American Express Food & Wine Magazine.Essentials Magazine has partnered with award-winning app software developer Oomph Pty Ltd using their groundbreaking system – as used by Australian Gourmet Traveller, Qantas The Australian Way magazines, The Age and hundreds more. The app is free to download and several free sample issues are also available from the App Store. Essentials Magazine: Food / Wine / Art / People / Places.