"The Hunter Games... may the odds be ever in your flavour" reports Larry Mullet, Sydney
After a year of living only hours away from one of Australia's most famous wine Regions, my boyfriend Chris and I decided to rent a car in Sydney and take a weekend trip to The Hunter Valley during Wine & Food Month.
Getting there was a bit of an ordeal. It took us an hour to get out of the city due to traffic, I got lost and at one point made a u-turn up the wrong side of the road straight towards a cop. We got pulled over and I couldn't get my window down - just my luck. The officers asked if I was drunk, I said, "no, I'm Canadian!" They starting laughing, gave me directions and sent us on our way.
The Mecure Hunter Valley Resort was beautiful. They charge a lot for extras like wifi and $32 buffet breakfasts, but the room was nice and the reception area was cosy. We spent hours just chilling with the paper and a glass of wine by the fire.
Saturday we went on a wine tour with a group of “ladies of leisure” whose husbands were attending a mining conference. We went to Audrey Wilkinson (bought 2009 Shiraz), McLeish Estate (bought 2011 Semillon botrytis) and lunch at Mount Pleasant Estate. I was tipsy by 12 pm and loving life.
We then went to Smelly Cheese (local camembert and feta stuffed olives), Tempus Two (bought 2009 Semillon ), and Goldfish (same owners as Goldfish in Kings Cross). That night we checked out Harrigan's Irish Pub; the place was packed. Again, we were bombarded by a group of more than 50 women who kept telling me I had a good soul and talking about their gay relatives!
Sunday we went to Drayton's vineyard (bought a white chocolate liqueur), then to the village for shopping and Oscar's for brunch. They had live music - a local woman Olivia Kolo - I fell in love with her voice!
We stopped in Cessnock to play with puppies at the pet store (I can't help myself haha), and Wyong at a little fish and chip shop called The Jolly Pelican. It's owned by a husband and wife and the fish was divine...favourite meal of the trip!
All in all, it was a busy but relaxing, expensive weekend.