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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.

3 things you need to know about the Hunter Valley today

3 things you need to know about the Hunter Valley today
​1. It's spring, which means it's budburst timeThis means the grapevines are sprouting their first green shoots for the season (they lose their leaves over winter) and the countryside is slowly transforming into fields of green. It's an important time in the annual cycle of the vines and social media is full of winemakers' posts as they take pics o...
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It's time for a white wine that's full of zing - ping Andrew Thomas

It's time for a white wine that's full of zing - ping Andrew Thomas
​It's spring, so it's time for a glass or two of zesty, zingy goodness. And that means a glass of Hunter Valley Semillon. It's a refreshing drop, full of citrusy lemon and lime flavours that's an awesome match with seafood.When I think of Semillon it's Thomas Wines' Braemore Semillon that springs to mind. Why?It was the first Semillon I tried that ...
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Have pooch, will travel

Have pooch, will travel
​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!Estate TuscanyThis Tuscan-style resort is perched on top of a hill with panoramic views of vineyards and mountains – and it'...
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4 fab reasons you should conference in the Hunter Valley

4 fab reasons you should conference in the Hunter Valley
​Wow factorNo place embodies the good life more than the Hunter Valley. It's not only the oldest Australian wine region, it's hands-down one of the most spectacular with incredible views, wine, food and unique experiences. It offers endless possibilities for meetings and conferences of all shapes and sizes, and guarantees that wow factor attendees ...
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Twist and shout: Hunter shiraz blends you need to know about

Twist and shout: Hunter shiraz blends you need to know about
​​Nothing says winter more than a glass of red wine in front of a roaring fire. It's the perfect time to try a Shiraz with a twist.Shiraz is the kingpin red in the Hunter Valley, with some of the oldest vines in the country, but today's winemakers are taking Shiraz to an edgy new place, blending it with some different varieties.Of course, you'll ha...
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Top 10 most instagrammed spots in the Hunter Valley

Top 10 most instagrammed spots in the Hunter Valley
Love to share your Hunter Valley experiences? Don't we all. Here are the top places that people love most from their memorable trips to Wine Country.​1. HUNTER VALLEY GARDENSWhether it's the Ferris Wheel or the flowers, peeps love posting pics from this 14-hectare garden wonderland. They take shots of the 10 themed gardens but the Mad Hatter's Tea...
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Winter belly-warmers: pies to die for

Winter belly-warmers: pies to die for
​Whether you're munching on a pie on the sideline watching the Pokolbin Reds play rugby or dining fireside on a restaurant shepherd's pie, it's hard to resist a good pie in winter. Here are some top spots where you can tuck into a tasty pie.BISTRO MOLINES"Whether it's being eaten as a snack or a meal, a pie is ideal for winter as it is rich, warm a...
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August Ales: what's on tap right now

August Ales: what's on tap right now
The Hunter Valley beer scene is really hoppin' with a tasty collection of award-winning breweries.​HOPE BREWHOUSE​Crowned Champion Small Brewery at the Craft Beer Awards in 2016, this brewhouse in the Hope Estate wine and concert complex also took home gold, silver and bronze medals at this year's Australian International Beer Awards and Independen...
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Hunter Valley women in wine

Hunter Valley women in wine
​Meet some winemakers who are better with wine than they are with wheelbarrows!GWYN OLSEN HEAD WINEMAKER, BRIAR RIDGE WINES, TALLAVERA GROVE, PEPPER TREE WINESThe 33-year-old completed her first vintage in France, with a further six in New Zealand as assistant winemaker and operations winemaker at Villa Maria, before moving to the Hunter Valley and...
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