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Brenda Christian

Brenda is a freelance writer, editor and content creator. She has worked on a wide range of titles including Qantas Magazine, Accor Traveller, Getaway Travel Magazine, House & Garden, AWW Cookbooks, Sydney Eats and Jetstar. She moved to the Hunter Valley in 2011 and has been contributing to Qantas and Donna Hay magazines, Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide and SMH Good Food and Pub Food Guides, as well as editing the Hunter Valley Magazine and producing digital content for HVWTA.
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Dog-friendly Cellar Doors

Dog-friendly Cellar Doors
​Love wine-tasting but get the guilts when you leave your pampered pooch at home? Join the club. Luckily there are plenty of dog-friendly wineries where my spoilt staffy Rosie has been given a warm welcome while I swirl and sip to my heart's content. So, which cellar doors are paw-fect for a dog-friendly Hunter Valley wine tour? I thought I'd ask R...
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Spring into Seafood. Our top picks for seasonal favourites.

Spring into Seafood. Our top picks for seasonal favourites.
Spring is here! That means it's time to start eating lighter after all the hearty winter fare we've been wolfing down while wrapped up against the cold. And what could be better than some fresh, light seafood on a sunny spring day?Our chefs love the change in season as there are so many seafood-friendly wines made in the Valley, including the flags...
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Have pooch, will travel. Pet-friendly stays.

Have pooch, will travel. Pet-friendly stays.
​Is your pooch your bestie? Don't think a holiday is the same without them? No need to leave your four-legged friend behind with these pet-friendly stays in the Hunter. Let's face it, we all know pets like a weekend break too!voco Kirkton Park Hunter ValleyAre you a discerning dog owner looking for designer digs? You'll want to check in to the gran...
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​Fireside tastings - the best places to sip and sit fireside

​Fireside tastings - the best places to sip and sit fireside
​If warming reds, fortified wines, toasted marshmallows and log fires is your idea of the perfect winter's day, you're in luck. Here's a list of cosy cellar doors where fine wines, flames and friends go hand in hand. Pictured: Oakvale Wines.Blueberry Hill Vineyard​Blueberry Hill keeps their firepit cranking from 4.30-6pm on Friday and Saturday...
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Feel-good fortifieds: top of the winter drops

Feel-good fortifieds: top of the winter drops
​It's the dead of winter and that usually conjures up dreams of a luscious, lip-smacking tipple beside an open fire – right? And a warming glass of fortified wine is just what the doctor ordered to chase away those shivery chills.So, what's a fortified wine? They're wines that have had some distilled grape spirit (like brandy) added to them, increa...
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5 Fave Coffee Spots

5 Fave Coffee Spots
​ From Lovedale to Singleton, the Hunter Valley is packed with coffee spots where you can get your java fix. Here are five local favourites. FAWK FOODS KITCHEN & BAKERYThe sun-kissed deck at this cafe/bakery is a terrific place for that first cup of coffee in the morning to get you functioning. Their barista brew of choice is Sprocket Roasters ...
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Red-hot rooms designed for fireside romance

Red-hot rooms designed for fireside romance
​When did you last make love in the afternoon… in front of a cosy fire? C'mon be honest, we've all done it or dreamt of doing it.When it's bitingly cold outdoors, nothing beats huddling indoors beside a flickering log fire nursing a good red wine. These places to stay take it to the next level with fireplaces in rooms, so you can unbutton in the wa...
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Go dry this July with these delish dry reds

Go dry this July with these delish dry reds
​Confession time. I've never managed to stick to Dry July. I know, I know, I should – it's a great cause and my liver would thank me, but I just love having a glass of wine with dinner. Sometimes two.In our house, we've compromised and go alcohol-free midweek and on weekends only drink dry reds. Okay, maybe the occasional dry white sneaks in there ...
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Tours & tasting sessions you won't want to miss

Tours & tasting sessions you won't want to miss
The Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival dishes up a smorgasbord of tasty events this month for eager epicureans who'd like to learn a little more about food and wine. Whether you want to brush up on your wine knowledge or improve your kitchen skills there's a class to suit. Numbers are pretty limited and missing out sucks, so you'll need to book...
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7 top reasons for a mid-week break

7 top reasons for a mid-week break
​Everyone loves a weekend getaway but there's something a little naughty about sneaking away midweek. While everybody else is slogging away at work you're having a fabulous break… and posting about it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or What's App. During Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival there are loads of daily events, so why wait until the w...
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