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McGuigan Black Label Shiraz

There was wine samples of the updated Black Label range at our local IGA last Friday, and we were readily sold on this 2014 Shiraz. Bought the 2 for $16 and then got this bonus bottle and a few accessories for the road :p

crumbed camambert

This Crumbed Camembert from Aldi also goes down well on a cool nearly-spring evening.

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Birthday Tastings in Pokolbin

by Fiona on August 26, 2015 · 1 comment

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

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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?


Smelly Cheese Shop, Pokolbin

by Fiona on July 21, 2015 · 6 comments

Smelly Cheese Shop Pokolbin

We went on a spontaneous trip to the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop in Pokolbin, partly to eat yummy cheeses, but also to give B’s car a good run on the expressway.

Broke Road Pokolbin

Smelly Cheese Shop Pokolbin

Overwhelmed with options, we bought a takeaway platter with a creamy blue, a cheddar, brie, washed ring cheese, labneh and feta for $30. Oh and a wedge of Hunter Belle Cheese’s Blue Moon because the local IGA doesn’t seem to stock it any more! :(

Smelly Cheese Shop Pokolbin

We then do a smidgeon of wine tasting in the next shop, Pokolbin Winemakers Outlet, a little boutique selling only wines made in the Hunter from Hunter grown grapes. I ask to try the Audrey Wilkinson 2011 Shiraz and the Pinot, and the lovely woman in the shop suggests we try the, equally priced, but on her recommendation better, Ferraris Estate 2011 Shiraz.

Smelly Cheese Shop Pokolbin

Having not heard of Ferraris Estate before, I needed to know more! They are a very small business, growing only 2 grape varieties – Shiraz and Chardonnay, and producing only three wines – Shiraz, Chardonnay, and a Shiraz Rose, all very dry. They had a great crop in 2011, which they picked at the right time, while Audrey Wilkinson apparently slightly missed the right harvest time that year. So, we took home the delicious Ferraris Shiraz for $22.

Ferraris 2011 Shiraz

Ferraris 2011 Shiraz


Moi enjoying cheese

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop
Hall of Food
Pavilion G, Tempus Two Complex
2144 Broke Road Pokolbin NSW 2320
p. +61 2 4998 6713

Pokolbin Winemakers Outlet
2188 Broke Road
Pokolbin, New South Wales
(02) 4998 6929


Friday Drinks – More Reds

by Fiona on June 12, 2015 · 1 comment

A couple of “bargain” buys this week

New in the  range "big bold red". Lovely!

The Yellow Tail “Big” Red. A very full red for its under $10 price tag. Very consumable with your meal.


And a Temperanillo


That comes out a Bull’s butt… (but is TASTY the $12 I paid, for the usual $17 at First Choice!)

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Have you heard of Naked Wines yet? It’s this genius idea of crowd-funding boutique wine makers right here in Australia that produces some AMAZING results.

Naked Wines is a customer-funded wine business. The customers are called “Angels” and each month you send $40 their way to be invested in winemakers’ direct costs such as vines, barrels, cellaring space, bottles and labels and in return you get that $40 credit to spend on wines, but at a drastically reduced wholesale price! There are even bonus bottles that show up in your cart for free!

A couple of my favourites are

Butterfly effect Shiraz
The Butterfly Effect Shiraz ($9 for Angels)


The Mechanic
The Mechanic (Angel price $9)

Both of which keep me coming back for more!

Want to try Naked Wines with a $50 discount voucher? Simply use this link ( to go to Naked Wines and get picking!


Friday Drinks – Some Warming Reds

by Fiona on May 29, 2015 · 6 comments

neve Marlborough pinot noir from aldi

First up we have a $7 Aldi wine – a 2013 Neve Pinot Noir from the Marlborough region of NZ. This goes down VERY well for a $7 bottle from the second best area for Pinot in NZ (I love me a Central Otago wine, but they start from $30). Definitely a good table wine and won’t be sneezed at if you bring a bottle (or two, at that price) to my dinner party!

obikwa south africa shiraz 2013

Second, we have a go-to of mine when it’s 2-for-1 (ie two for $10) at First Choice Liquor – the South African Obikwa Shiraz. You’ll find it right near, and looking a lot like, the Yellow Tail Shiraz with its yellow native creature on it, and it drinks well with a movie and cheese.

What are you drinking tonight?


Friday Drinks – Strawberry Beer and a Smooth Shiraz

May 22, 2015

I received the beer as a sample Time for Friday Drinks! Last week we got to try the new Strawberry Blonde from Zeven Lemon. When the parcel arrived from the PR company, I declared it the girliest beer alive! It smelt like beer, but didn’t have a beery taste – nor could I really taste […]

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Amazing Weekend at the QT Gold Coast – So retro, much hipster, so fun

May 5, 2015

So, I won a trip to the QT Gold Coast, with air fares and stays in the “Hinterland View” (not beach) room with a awesome King bed from a “Mardi Gras recovery” weekend comp from Star Observer – obviously I’m queer enough and gave the right answer as to my NEED for such a trip!! […]

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Beef Chow Mein with Fountain “Good Choices” Sauces

April 14, 2015

This post is for Product Talk by Nuffnang There’s nothing like a meat pie with tomato sauce. And I’m always happy to try new sauces on my pies and in my dishes, so when it was suggested I try the new Good Choice sauce range from Fountain, I was more than keen. Products with no […]

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Smirnoff Wine Coolers…. wait??? that’s not Vodka!

February 11, 2015

These drinks do taste nice, the passionfruit is just like an alcoholic tasting passiona, but I’m a little bit cynical about the reasons to not use vodka in your drinks and instead make a wine based cooler, ESPECIALLY if you are, like, an international vodka company like Smirnoff. When the federal government raised the “alcopops” […]

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