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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.

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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Top places to catch live music in the #huntervalley

Top places to catch live music in the #huntervalley
​Each year the Hunter Valley plays host to some of the world's biggest music acts. For example, this month you can catch some of the greatest jazz artists, including Grace Knight and James Morrison, at Jazz in the Vines on November 24 at Hope Estate.But if you're in the mood for some music with your mates, you don't have to head to a big-ticket eve...
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The best-selling sweet treats in the Hunter Valley

The best-selling sweet treats in the Hunter Valley
​Cocoa NibIt's all about variety at Cocoa Nib, which opened at Keith Tulloch Wine in 2014, with more than 40 sugary enticements on offer.The woman behind the chocolate emporium, Aymee Slaviero, is a pastry chef by trade and worked her way around some of the top restaurants in Sydney before moving to Melbourne and working at Koko Black while complet...
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Hilarious horses photobomb couples’ Hunter Valley wedding

Hilarious horses photobomb couples’ Hunter Valley wedding
​ When Gabrielle Heaney and Joel Stig tied the knot at Stonehurst Cedar Creek in the Hunter Valley they didn't expect a few locals would want to muscle in on the wedding party. Getting hitched took on a whole new meaning when Stonehurst's two curious horses didn't want to be left out of the action. The result? Some of the best wedding photobombs ev...
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Want a Wine Country wedding with wow factor? Here’s some inspo for you

Want a Wine Country wedding with wow factor? Here’s some inspo for you
​GABRIELLE HEANEY AND JOEL STIGSTONEHURST CEDAR CREEKGabrielle Heaney and Joel Stig both grew up in rural areas and always knew they wanted to get married in the country. What they didn't expect was some hilarious locals ambushing the wedding photos!"Having the Stonehurst horses photobomb our shoot and try to eat my epic bouquet from Jade McIntosh ...
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