Turning two at Hunter Valley

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Hoorah! A mini weekend getaway to celebrate the office’s second birthday.
Friday 11.30am, last week, we all hopped on a coach to Hunter Valley. Two and a bit hours later, we wined and dined at Pepper Tree Vineyards, Tamburlaine, Petersonhouse, Hunter Valley Chocolate Company, Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Oishii Restaurant! Talk about an action-packed weekend.
So… at the first wine tasting, I bought a lush dessert wine… it was sweet as honey: 2005 Boytrytis Semillon. I must admit though -I’m not at all a wine expert. After a while, they all taste the same. Here’s what we swirled, sniffed, gargled and sipped…

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Pepper Tree Wines

At Pepper Tree Wines:
Whites
2006 Limited Release Hunter Semillon
2004 Reserve Wrattonbully Chardonnay
Reds
2005 Limited Release Hunter Shiraz
2002 Coonawarra Classics
Fortified
2005 Limted Release Botrytis Semillon
2004 Limited Release Wrattonbully Liqueur Merlot

Next was Tamburlaine Organic Vineyards. Ooh, so do organic wines give you less of a hangover? Apparently so, if drunk in moderation… because of its low sulphur dioxide content.

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: organic cheese plate with Morphys' chutney at Tamburlaine Vineyards

Along with the wines, we had the pleasure of nibbling on some organic cheeses and chutney. Wine tastes so much better with food.

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Tamburlaine, growing organically

Tamburlaine, growing organically…
All throughout Hunter Valley were cute gardens and cosy cottages. Outside Petersonhouse were these adorable lanterns and garden chairs…

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Petersonhouse, lanterns and garden chairs

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: lovely cottages and cute gardens

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley, private tasting at Petersonhouse, sparkling wine... cheers

Cheers! [L - R] Xiaohan, May, Karen, me, Adam & Hazim
Inbetween the wine tasting, I craved something solid and starchy… so at Harrigan’s Pub, we ordered 2 giant servings of wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce and another 2 giant bowls of fries with tomato sauce. The wedges weren’t anything fancy… but they definately were cut the perfect size. Crunch. Crunch. Crunch.

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce at Harrigan's Pub

Wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce (Harrigan’s Pub)

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

Chocolates at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: chocolates on display at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

And more chocolates on display…
A full day of vineyard hopping left me exhausted. Here’s the view from our room at Harrigan’s Pub. You never get to see this much of the sky in Sydney.

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: view of vineyards from our room at Harrigan's Pub

Dinner was at 8. Oishii Restaurant sits within Tempus Two’s ultra-modern landscape. However, the food was average… so I didn’t bother with any notes. Photos are below if you’re still interested.

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: dinner at Oishii Restaurant

Oishii Japanese & Thai Restaurant

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: toast

Sally makes a toast
And then Ben, Hazim, Adam and Mat decided to see what gravity could do to their face…

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: gravity pulls you down

Pepper Tree Wines
Halls Road, Pokolbin
Phone: (02) 4998 7539
Web: www.peppertreewines.com.au
Tamburlaine Vineyard
358 McDonalds Road Pokolbin
Phone:: (02) 4998 7570
Web: www.tamburlaine.com.au
Peterson Sparkling Wine House
Corner of Broke Road & Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin
Phone: (02) 4998 7881
Web: www.petersonhouse.com.au
Hunter Valley Chocolate Company
Corner of Broke Road & Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin
Phone: (02) 4998 7221
Harrigan’s Pub
Broke Road, Pokolbin
Web: www.hvg.com.au/harrigans_pub.asp
Oishii Japanese & Thai Restaurant
Tempest Two Winery, Pokolbin
Web: www.tempustwo.com.au
More pics & bits on Hunter Valley below.

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Mat, Ben and Dani

Mat, Ben & Dani @ Pepper Tree Wines private tasting

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Adam with his Gummi Fries

Haha, Adam posing with his gummi fries

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Mat, Xiaohan, Ben, Dani, Vinny and Jayne

Mat, Xiaohan, Ben, Dani, Vinny & Jayne @ Tamburlaine Wines private tasting

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Harrigan's Pub

inside Harrigan’s bistro

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: night sky

the night sky

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: sparkling wine at Petersonhouse

sparkling wine at Peterson House

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Hazim and Xiaohan

Hazim & Xiaohan

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: chocolate company, pink flamingo ganache

pink flamingo ganache

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: duc l'orange

duc l’orange

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: penguins marching, mango ganache

penguins marching… mango ganache

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: chilli ganache

chilli ganache

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: passionfruit rock

passionfruit rock

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: my bag of chocolate goodies

my bag of chocolate goodness

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: pool at Harrigan's Pub

the pool

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Oishii Restaurant, chicken stir fry with cashew nut and chilli jam

chicken stir fry with cashew nut & chilli jam

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: jayne and nitin

Jayne & Nitin

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: fried ice cream with caramel sauce

fried ice-cream with caramel sauce

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: on the bus, Tim, Dani, Ben and Nat

on the bus… Tim, Dani, Ben & Nat

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Pint sized gummi fries

pint sized gummi fries

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: tamburlaine organic wines

Tamburlaine’s organic stuff

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: chocolate display

chocolate display

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: golf ball chocolates

golf balls

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: honey and orange Koala ganache

honey and orange Koala ganache

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: chilli truffles

chilli truffles

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: inside chocolate company

chocs and more

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: coffee beans with 90% cocoa

coffee beans with 90% cocoa

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: macadamia crunch

macadamia crunch

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Pepper Tree Wines, Botrytis Semillion

Botrytis Semillon

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: evening sky

the evening sky

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Oishii Restaurant, curry puff

curry puff

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Oishii Restaurant, tempura prawn sushi

tempura prawn sushi

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Oishii Restaurant , garlic prawns

garlic prawns

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Oishii Restaurant, green curry

green curry

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Oishii Restaurant, teriyaki salmon

teriyaki salmon

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Oishii Restaurant

here’s half of us…

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: me, Adam and Hazim at Oishii Restaurant

me, Adam and Hazim acting cool

RMG Connect Sydney  turns two - celebrations at Hunter Valley: Sally, Kate and Ash at Oishii Restaurant

Sally, Kate and Ash


Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.