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    Visit the Hunter Valley

    This weekend (24-26) was Australia Day weekend and we decided to go off to the Hunter Valley for a long weekend.

    First off we went to the Bluetongue Brewery. I’m not a huge fan of this beer, but the other half rather likes the Ginger Beer they sell.

    Age Verification Required to enter the Bluetongue Web Site - Bluetongue Brewery







    They did have a good musician and lovely grounds.





    As well as a ‘palate’ of the different beers they sell. Once you have finished the palate, you get a free ‘midi’ of the beer of choice:












    The next day we went off to Piggs Peake at 10 a.m. Way too early for me to be drinking and the first taste we got was of a 17.5% proof wine. Tasted great, but rather set the pattern for the day. I bought a lovely Port here.

    Piggs Peake Winery - Welcome






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    Again, nice grounds



    But the 'Cellar' was a little basic:



    After Piggs, we moved on to Tulloch. This place did me in. Great wines. Great sales people. And great scenery

    Tulloch Wines & Cellar Door - Hunter Valley, NSW Australia










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    Yeaaaay, William, way to go!!!!

    Do they really spell Blue Tongue as one word? Not good.

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    On Monday we went for lunch at the Irish bar and I saw this sign. Made me laugh.

    Harrigans Irish Pub and accommodation, Hunter Valley accommodation



    Then moved on to Pepper Tree. By far the most beautiful of the wineries, but sadly the wine sucked!



    Pepper Tree Wines



















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    And the sign of the weekend



    Anyhow, if you have a weekend spare in NSW, give the Hunter a visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily View Post
    Yeaaaay, William, way to go!!!!

    Do they really spell Blue Tongue as one word? Not good.
    Believe they do, but could be wrong. We had a few

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    lived and worked in the Hunter for a while , many moons ago .

    the misses at the time had a job in one of the wineries ,

    used to bring home the rejects from the bottling line for $1 a bottle , nothing wrong with them , maybe the label wasn't on straight or maybe low level or better yet overfilled .

    good times

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    yes, it's one word for the beer and the brewery.
    I live a few kms from the wineries, but I've hardly ever been out there !
    Apparently Pepper Tree's used to be a convent long before it became a winery and boutique hotel. Another popular place around there is the Hunter Valley Gardens, which have large ornamental gardens anda small village full of tourist crap. They have a discount admission price for locals, so when I've taken my Thai ex and other Thai friends there, told them they had to pay extra because they were not falang .... teach 'em how it feels !

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    love wine trips, nice work mate.

    MrsKW says hi to your other half.

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    another good place for the wine trip is down in SA (sth Aus) well worth the visit. some very nice wines. this is a good place to look and plan Hunter Valley Wine Country - Wineries - Hunter Valley Wine Country

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    Have you got yaself an aussie squeeze William?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikenot
    Apparently Pepper Tree's used to be a convent long before it became a winery and boutique hotel
    Yeah, it was, but it was moved and rebuilt there from somewhere else, maybe Grafton or Inverell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikenot
    I live a few kms from the wineries,
    So, where do you live, Necknock, Rothbury, Branxton or Singleton?

    Are you in the mines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    Have you got yaself an aussie squeeze William?
    That would be telling mate

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    It would be wouldn't it.....

    Now open ya bloody mouth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    MrsKW says hi to your other half
    Don't really need to when you have a KW around

    BTW Willy, her foot is still buggered

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    ^That shouldn't be a problem. Hasn't she got two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by William
    Don't really need to when you have a KW around
    Oi! you already gave it away anyway!


    Quote Originally Posted by William
    This weekend (24-26) was Australia Day weekend and we decided to go off to the Hunter Valley for a long weekend. First off we went to the Bluetongue Brewery. I’m not a huge fan of this beer, but the other half rather likes the Ginger Beer they sell.

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    ^ think I gave it away a lot earlier than that. Might have mentioned somewhere we (you and the Mrs and me and the other half) had been orf to see the cricket together.

    Nice result to that by the way!

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    Bugger. Does this mean I can't share your bed when I next fly through Sydney?

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    with your 'tribe' - no!

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    Quote Originally Posted by William
    Nice result to that by the way!
    nice result as in we won the cricket ? or nice result as in the girls got on well ?

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    ^I didn't think we had won anything for ages!

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    I didn't think we had won anything for ages. Didn't the Seth Efricans wipe the floor with us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily
    ^I didn't think we had won anything for ages!
    the Sydney test against South Africa, after they had already won the series.

    or am i dreaming?

    besides that was ages ago.

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