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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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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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Crush camps: where you can pick and stomp grapes

Crush camps: where you can pick and stomp grapes
​Want to experience the thrill of grape picking and crushing during the 2019 vintage? Many wineries are celebrating the 2019 harvest with fun events like grape-picking parties and others that could be described as winemaking bootcamps as they show you what it's like to be a winemaker for a day.Harvest traditionally kicks off about 100 days after th...
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The party mix – the Hunter Valley has your Christmas drinks list sorted

The party mix – the Hunter Valley has your Christmas drinks list sorted
​Tis the season for a party! There's no better way to fast-track the Christmas feels than a kick-ass party and the Hunter Valley has the drinks menu covered. Whether you're planning a big bash or an intimate cocktail party for a few friends, every epic party needs some epic drops. And the Hunter Valley has all the must-haves – wine, beer, spirits a...
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What’s hot this month: gelato, twilight tastings & Xmas lights

What’s hot this month: gelato, twilight tastings & Xmas lights
​ Summer has arrived and you know what that means. December is all about fun and festivities as we count down the days until Christmas and enjoy endless sunny days, so we've handpicked some of our favourite summer activities here in the Valley. ​SUMMER SCOOPSNothing screams summer more than a melting ice-cream and the tastiest place to get your cre...
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Splash zones: desirable digs where you can take a dip

Splash zones: desirable digs where you can take a dip
​ When it's time to choose a place to stay for your summer getaway, odds-on a pool will be on your holiday wish list. Here's a list of some tempting swim spots where you can make a splash all summer long. #poolhairdon'tcare #endlesssummer SPICERS GUESTHOUSEIf you want to plunge into the cool waters of a pool and enjoy oodles of atmosphere, views an...
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My tip to living the good life: a bit of afternoon delight!

My tip to living the good life: a bit of afternoon delight!
​I remember the 1970s hit song 'Afternoon Delight' creating a bit of a sensation due to its provocative lyrics about daytime lovemaking sessions. Fast forward to 2018 and the current Hunter Valley ad campaign has tongues wagging too as it asks viewers when they last made love in the afternoon.So do Hunter Valley locals have any naughty confessions?...
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Reach for a Rosé today: the trending pink drink to beat the heat

Reach for a Rosé today: the trending pink drink to beat the heat
​We all want to know what's trending – right? Well unless you've been living under a rock you'll have heard about the Rosé Revolution overtaking the world.Yep, that unpretentious wine that's not red or white – it's a pretty pink that's downright delish – is the mainstream drink for masses of Millennials. If you're craving a drink-now, chilled wine ...
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Ocean Trout with Crispy Skin, Salsa Verde & Spring Onion

Ocean Trout with Crispy Skin, Salsa Verde & Spring Onion
​Courtesy of Scarborourgh Wine Co.Although some people are a little nervous about preparing a whole side of fish this recipe is so simple. The salsa verde in this recipe can also be used as a marinade for just about any meat, so make a little extra and pop it in the fridge for later. The fresh flavours of this dish make it an ideal match for just a...
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Four secrets to living the good life

Four secrets to living the good life
​After the launch of the Hunter Valley's advertising campaign, which celebrates "the good life", we asked some locals what living the good life means to them.#goodlife #goodvibes #goodtimes = #huntervalleyTROY RHOADES-BROWN, MUSE RESTAURANT CHEF/OWNER​I feel I live the good life in the Hunter Valley for a number of reasons. I have the opportunity t...
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