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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

On the Road: Hunter Belle Cheese @ Muswellbrook

Road tripped to Tamworth for the weekend, and included an impromptu (as in “Look! Cheese Shop!”) stopover at the Hunter Belle Cheese shop on the New England Highway just outside Muswellbrook.

Hunter Belle Cheese

Hunter Belle Cheese

We picked up their three cheese pack with fig compote and wafer biscuits ($17), and continued on the road til we pulled over at Burning Mountain for wine (brought from Newcastle) and cheeses.

Burning Mountain rest stop

Improvising with a blade out of the toolbox, we nommed down those cheeses, while looking out over the view.

Hunter Belle Cheese

The blue was nice and hard and sharp. Perfect with the Poet’s Corner Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon we were drinking straight from the bottle.

Hunter Belle Cheese

Next up was the herbed cheese – thyme was the major flavour – reminding me of Bruce’s garlic and herb bread. It had a crumbly texture reminiscent of a sharp Mersey Valley cheese.

Hunter Belle Cheese

The brie by itself was underwhelming, but teamed with the fig compote, omg! Yum!

How good is cheese? Who makes your favourite?

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