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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.

Kid-friendly Cellar Doors in the Hunter Valley

Kid-friendly Cellar Doors in the Hunter Valley
Set your sights on visiting some wineries but a bit unsure whether the kids will be welcome? You'll be happy to know that here in the Hunter wine-tasting can be fun, even when you've got the entire fam bam with you. Here's a round-up of cellar doors with games and activities to keep the little ones occupied while you sample some super-tasty wines. ...
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There’s a lot to ❤ about Lovedale

There’s a lot to ❤ about Lovedale
​Looking for the perfect mix of boutique bevvies, appetising eats and fun activities on your next road trip? Then put Lovedale on your bucket list.This laidback neighbourhood used to be a side-shoot to the Hunter heartland of Pokolbin but after the opening of the Hunter Expressway it's now the gateway to Wine Country for most visitors. The back doo...
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The newest spots to tie the knot

The newest spots to tie the knot
​You've decided you want a destination wedding with world-class wines and a romantic rural setting… hello Hunter Valley!So, you're probably also looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding venue that will make your heart skip a beat. Here are a few of the newest places where couples are exchanging vows and enjoying an unforgettable wedding experience. ...
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The lust list: the most wanted wines in the Hunter Valley

The lust list: the most wanted wines in the Hunter Valley
​We all want to drink great wine – right? And let's face it, there's plenty of it in the Hunter Valley. But did you know we have half a dozen cult wines that will make your wine snob mates go bananas?Yep, we're talking the crème de la crème of wines that wine collectors worldwide lust over.So how do we know they're the most coveted, collectable win...
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6 Cooking Classes to try

6 Cooking Classes to try
​Want to improve your cooking skills or maybe you're looking for a gift for a foodie friend? A cooking class in the Hunter Valley is just the thing for anyone who wants to learn a few tricks of the trade and eat some top-notch tucker in the process.There's an array of fun and interactive classes where you can get some hands-on experience while loca...
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The magic of Mount View

The magic of Mount View
​ If you're looking for exquisite views, kick-ass wines and a bucolic bistro that enchants all who enter, head to this hidden haven in the mountains. ​When you think of the fairy kingdom what comes to mind? A breathtakingly beautiful realm with lush green hills and majestic mountains with intoxicating beverages and out-of-this-world food? Welcome ...
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Divine providence: where to stock your picnic basket with heavenly nibbles

Divine providence: where to stock your picnic basket with heavenly nibbles
​A sunny day, a gorgeous setting – it's the perfect excuse to pack up some tasty snacks and roll out a rug. Who doesn't love a picnic?Whether it's a spur-of-the-moment makeshift picnic or an alfresco date you've been planning for weeks, Wine Country ticks all the open-air dining boxes.Amazing views – tick. Pristine picnic sites – tick. Local food a...
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Top of the crops: the songs that get our winemakers through vintage

Top of the crops: the songs that get our winemakers through vintage
​The annual harvest generates a real buzz as the tempo ramps up with wineries working 24/7 to pick and process the grapes. All done to the steady beat of their fave playlists. We only asked three wineries for their 2019 vintage playlists – which you can download from Spotify here – but it seems there's a common rhythm to a Hunter Valley harvest wit...
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3 things you should know about the Hunter Valley today

3 things you should know about the Hunter Valley today
​1. It's vintage time! Yep, it's the most exciting time to visit the Hunter Valley as winery crews start harvesting grapes for the 2019 vintage. They start picking grapes for white wines first – several have already harvested Verdelho – before moving onto the red varieties. For behind-the-scenes footage of all the vintage action follow #v19 or...
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The January hit list: four standout dishes every visitor should try

The January hit list: four standout dishes every visitor should try
There are some dishes that put a restaurant or a region on the map. Those outstanding dishes that diners share and remember long after they've returned home. So what are the standout dishes in the Valley right now? We asked some of our top chefs for their signature dishes. ​MUSE RESTAURANT: THE MUSE COCONUT"I dislike the phrase 'signature dish' – ...
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