hunting & gathering in the Hunter Valley…with lots of wine drinking

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Elsewhere | 14 Comments

My idea of good time (besides gardening of course) is chowing down on quality cheese and drinking lots of quality wine. So for me, wine regions are always the best places to learn about local food, wine and the growers. Being rather fond of Verdelho and Semillon, we had four days in Hunter Valley after Easter. It had been six years since our last visit. Things have just gotten tastier since then. Australia’s oldest wine region has 150 wineries (Lord, help me) and is well known for its olive oils, cheeses, stone fruits, game meats, smoked meats and chocolates. This can be hard to take.

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I love how so many Hunter restaurants grow some of their own produce literally next to the kitchen. Not that this is a food review blog but our degustation lunch next to the vineyards at EXP. restaurant (Oakvale winery, Pokolbin) was a gastronomical joy-totally recommend it. Nice to see some permaculture plants on the menu. There is just something so calming about being around vineyards. Maybe because I grew up next to wineries in Adelaide. Then again Adelaide is the serial killer capital of Australia-just sayin! Anyhoo, I hope everyone had a fab Easter break and you’re enjoying the glorious Autumn weather. Here are some Hunter pics x

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14 Comments

  1. Tandy I Lavender and Lime
    May 1, 2017

    Wine and cheese, a perfect combination. I also appreciate restaurants that grow their own.

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  2. sherry MacKay
    May 1, 2017

    hi Jem

    there is something about wine areas that just brinsg in the food and chocolates and honey and glorious other produce. We haven’t been to the Hunter for a few years but i remember all the fab stuff you could eat and drink and buy! hope you had a relaxing break.
    cheers x

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  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 1, 2017

    Ooh you went to EXP.! Isn’t it great there? The brioche with cheese is amazing!

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    • lostinutensils
      May 1, 2017

      It really is awesome there Lorraine and that blue cheese filled brioche honey deliciousness was definitely AMAZING!

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  4. Ruby & Cake
    May 1, 2017

    Cheese and wine is pretty much life right now! What a gorgeous way to spend your Easter : )

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  5. Function 9
    May 2, 2017

    Nothing like a Hunter break!

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  6. Sam Rutherford
    May 8, 2017

    Gosh it has been so long since I’ve been to the Hunter Valley. Probably over 10 years! That restaurant looks amazing.

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    • lostinutensils
      May 8, 2017

      It had been a few years for us as well Sam. We love visiting wine regions for a good break and it was the Hunter’s turn again lol. There were a few new restaurants since last time.

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  7. emma
    May 12, 2017

    My dream trip! You had a blast by the sounds (also wine, cheese and chocolate is everything to me).

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    • lostinutensils
      May 12, 2017

      LOL I agree Emma. Wine, cheese and chocolate is everything!

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