Birthday Tastings in Pokolbin

pokolbin wine and olives

So, I had a birthday (like we all do), and it won’t surprise you that I spent it eating and drinking, tasting and sampling, laughing and enjoying. I’d bought a Groupon for a wine a stuff tasting experience with a bottle of wine and jar of olives to take home, and insisted on that being my birthday do.

pokolbin estate olives wine

hunter organics


So much to sample, wines and dukkah, olives and oils, and all sorts of delish!

wine tasting


We took home the delightful dry Riesling. Love me a nice dry white!


Pokolbin Estate Vineyard
Address: 298 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Phone:(02) 4998 7524

hunter beer

Then off to the Brickworks for a couple of beers and an antipasto luncheon.


Hunter beer co

Hunter Beer Co / Brickworks
Wine Country Dr & Fleming St, Nulkaba NSW 2325
Phone:(02) 4991 7922

Birthday sponge cake with Makka Pakka, Hello Kitty, Orange Frog

Friday Drinks – It’s my Birthday and I’ll Drink GOOD wine if I want to

Birthday sponge cake with Makka Pakka, Hello Kitty, Orange Frog

It was my birthday on Wednesday, the ripe old age of 33. Celebrated with a trip to the Pokolbin Vineyards and Tacos with the family. The Winery visits will be shared with you soon, but here’s my awesome birthday cake, with Makka Pakka, Hello Kitty and Random Orange Frog figurines /slash/ cake toppers added by the delightful little people in my life.

So, this Friday we have two lovely wines from the Angel Funded Naked Wines, which never fails to delight!

Andevine Cab Sav

The Andevine Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 was a “bonus” for me this month in my case. Not the usual style we drink, but as soon as it was poured, it was a winner. I can’t always smell the spice or chocolate, but this had chocolate notes for sure! And went down just as well as chocolate ;)

Brian Fletcher Shiraz

Our other newbie this week was the Brian Fletcher Estate Western Australian Shiraz 2013, which was a suggestion based on my usual purchases from Naked, and I’m glad I slipped two into this order because it was well received with the Hunter Belle blue we were finishing off :)

Me at the winery

Tried any new wine lately?

[EDITED] Happy Birthday Jeff McCloy!

EDITED 13/10 – I was asked rather nicely to take these images (and the post, but that’s not happening) down by a member of the birthday party Jeff was with last night. Since I don’t feel like too much hassle I’ll run with it – but I think whoever posted the pics originally will realise that the photos are all on Twitter and Facebook anyways.
“I was apart of the group that celebrated Jeff McCloy’s birthday last night. The cake was an innocent joke and should never have been posted online. We would greatly appreciate it if you deleted the images and posts from your blog.” – Nice enough.

So, last night the Twitters were all a flutter with some pictures of Jeff McCloy with a birthday cake making light of the brown paper bags of cash he supposedly handed over to politicians and so forth, as came to light in ICAC earlier this year.

Photos removed, but I’m sure you can find them if you like.

Oh look, NBN posted them, and The Herald

Can I put them back in the post now?

Jeff McCloy and his cake

Jeff Moneybags McCloy's Cake

Of course he didn’t know about the cake before he had it in front of him, and it was just an unfortunate joke, but social media is unforgiving when a city has been burned.

Tapas @ Barrio 2304, Mayfield

Barrio 2304

It’s birthday season!!! Last night I went for Tapas for Amanda’s birthday at Barrio 2304 – a Spanish restaurant on Maitland Road, Mayfield.

Barrio 2304 Olives

As we had such a group, we ordered to $35/head banquet. And were quite stuffed by the end!

Cheese puffs
Cheese balls

Labneh with eggplant
Labneh with Eggplant

Delish Mushrooms

Rainbow carrots and homous

Chorizo mmmmmmmm

Salmon with pea puree

Lamb and cous cous tagine

Almond, orange, dates
Orange, dates and almonds to top the Lamb


Pork Tortilla

And then we found room for cake back at Amanda’s!

Raspberry Coconut cake
Raspberry Coconut Cake


Rainbow Jelly Cake
Rainbow Jelly Layer Cake

And we all rolled home. :)