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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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The wedding trends to know when you're getting hitched in the Hunter

The wedding trends to know when you're getting hitched in the Hunter
Planning your dream destination wedding? Then you'll want to know what the biggest wedding trends in the Hunter are right now, so we asked three local wedding specialists what people are pumped about when tying the knot. CHRIS ELFES – PHOTOGRAPHY ON HERMITAGE​Chris Elfes also says the trend is for more casual, informal weddings."Most couples want ...
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Hermitage Road - The Hunter's Hedonistic Playground

Hermitage Road - The Hunter's Hedonistic Playground
​There are so many reasons to spend a few days around Hermitage Road in the north-west corner of Pokolbin. Jaw-dropping views, dozens of boutique wineries and cafes, a brewery or two, as well as loads of fun things to do if lying by the pool just isn't your thing.Running from Broke Road in the south to the New England Highway at Belford, this sun-s...
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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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Eco-friendly wines: they taste terrific and they’re good for the planet too!

Eco-friendly wines: they taste terrific and they’re good for the planet too!
​There's no doubt climate change is trending with millions of people around the world joining the biggest climate protest ever in September. No surprise then that sustainability is a hot topic in the hospitality industry as concern for the environment grows and more people want to know how our food and wines are produced.Here in the Hunter Valley w...
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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.​Pictured: Hunter Valley Gardens @itsfezzyo via IG.1. IVANHOE WINES It's #1 of 89 things to do in Pokolbin on TripAdvisor thanks to the gorgeous views from the back verandah, delish wines, gourmet chee...
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Dog-friendly Cellar Doors in the Hunter Valley

Dog-friendly Cellar Doors in the Hunter Valley
​Love wine-tasting but get the guilts when you leave your pampered pooch at home? Join the club. Luckily there are plenty of dog-friendly wineries where my spoilt staffy Rosie has been given a warm welcome while I swirl and sip to my heart's content. So, which cellar doors are paw-fect for a dog-friendly Hunter Valley wine tour? I thought I'd ask R...
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Spring into Seafood. Our top picks for seasonal favourites.

Spring into Seafood. Our top picks for seasonal favourites.
Spring is here! That means it's time to start eating lighter after all the hearty winter fare we've been wolfing down while wrapped up against the cold. And what could be better than some fresh, light seafood on a sunny spring day?Our chefs love the change in season as there are so many seafood-friendly wines made in the Valley, including the flags...
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Have pooch, will travel. Pet-friendly stays.

Have pooch, will travel. Pet-friendly stays.
​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!voco Kirkton Park Hunter ValleyAre you a discerning dog owner looking for designer digs? You'll want to check in to the gran...
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​Fireside tastings - the best places to sip and sit fireside

​Fireside tastings - the best places to sip and sit fireside
​If warming reds, fortified wines, toasted marshmallows and log fires is your idea of the perfect winter's day, you're in luck. Here's a list of cosy cellar doors where fine wines, flames and friends go hand in hand. Pictured: Oakvale Wines.Blueberry Hill Vineyard​Blueberry Hill keeps their firepit cranking from 4.30-6pm on Friday and Saturday...
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Feel-good fortifieds: top of the winter drops

Feel-good fortifieds: top of the winter drops
​It's the dead of winter and that usually conjures up dreams of a luscious, lip-smacking tipple beside an open fire – right? And a warming glass of fortified wine is just what the doctor ordered to chase away those shivery chills.So, what's a fortified wine? They're wines that have had some distilled grape spirit (like brandy) added to them, increa...
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