Where we learn about wine making

Mt Pleasant McWilliams

I really love going on tours of factory type places and learning how things are made, I think it gives you a nice appreciation of what you’re tasting/looking at – it’s also a great way to learn more about the place you’re in and do something different from just swishing and tasting wine (that came after the tour).

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The Hunter Valley

Three hours west of Port Macquarie and we find ourselves in Pokolbin, the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region. We’re staying right in the middle of Pokolbin Village so have the luxury of shops and a restaurant within walking distance. After one and a half days of driving, we plonked ourselves down at Vittorio’s Cafe restaurant and had a late and long lunch in the sun with a couple of glasses of wine and a view of the vineyards. Can you hear us relaxing as I type?

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The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman

The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca ColemanBook club book #4:

The great thing about book club is reading books you probably wouldn’t normally select to read. The Kingdom of Childhood is one of those, but it makes for interesting discussion over the dinner table.

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Townsville

Castle Hill - iconic Townsville feature

My little sister turned 30 on Thursday (wow, we’re getting up there in the age department), so to help her celebrate I flew up to Townsville (and my parents drove up from Mackay) to visit, have dinner, play with the cat and generally get in the way by having four grown adults in a tiny two bedroom townhouse. It was squishy and my sister and I found ourselves sharing a room for the first time since I was 12.

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Food Tales, Esk

Esk region

Because I’m still on leave and jazzed on this food buzz I seem to be on at the moment, I decided to jump in the car and head to Esk for the Food Tales session run by the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Writers Centre, two organisations close to my heart.

Each regional centre session was hosted by a food writer and basically created a lovely discussion about the group’s experience with food. I did not realise before attending, that each of us would have to share a food tale. Nervous as I was, I had a lovely time with the ladies (and one gentleman, who make himself scares after the scones and before the tale sharing portion of the event) of Esk. Some of their stories were funny and vivid and I got some great recipes I can’t wait to try!

The point of Food Tales is for people to logon to the website and share their food story and the website becomes a collaboration of recipes and stories and an experience for those who have a soft spot in their heart for food and cooking.

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