Paul Simon, Sting to share Hope Estate stage

Paul Simon, Sting to share Hope Estate stage

“Two enduring musical icons, Paul Simon and Sting, are bringing their global On Stage Together tour to the Hunter next year. The pair, who are long-time friends, conceived the idea for a co-headline tour after performing together for the first time at the Robin Hood Foundation benefit in 2013. The two singer-songwriters will blend both…

Hard work earns Stapleton rising star award

Hard work earns Stapleton rising star award

“Growing their tourist facility and encouraging the training of young people in the hospitality industry are two of the passions of this year’s Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Rising Star recipient Belinda Stapleton. Belinda is the managing director of Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin, a ­luxury 12-room guesthouse that also operates a 50-seat restaurant and…

Muse Restaurant: From then until now

Muse Restaurant: From then until now

“IN 2009, during the global financial crisis, 24-year-old chef Troy Rhoades-Brown and wife Megan made the bold decision to open their own fine-dining establishment, Pokolbin’s Muse Restaurant. Despite having few savings, no financial backer and limited business, the couple were buoyed by a passion for food. The chef’s experience was also in their favour: he…

Philip Helé receives OAM for service to tourism

Philip Helé receives OAM for service to tourism

“Like many of the illustrious wine family names known throughout the Hunter, Pokolbin’s Philip Helé is part of a strong family legacy. For the past three decades the fourth-generation hotelier has been at the forefront of shaping the Hunter wine and tourism industry and promoting it to an international market. Now, for his service to…

Andrew Thomas wins Winemaker of the Year

Andrew Thomas wins Winemaker of the Year

“ANDREW Thomas and the grand old J.Y Tulloch wine company scored second-time successes at the 2014 Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards on Thursday night. Known universally as “Thommo”, Andrew Thomas, owner and chief winemaker of Thomas Wines and contract winemaker for some of the Hunter top boutique wine brands, was crowned Winemaker of…

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month in June

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month in June

“Amateur cooks, serious foodies, wine lovers and lifestyle enthusiasts are gearing up for the year’s ultimate celebration of flavour, the famous Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month in June. This year’s flavour odyssey will feature festival favourites on the menu, as well as a series of new and exciting indulgences, during a month-long series of…

Eagles to swoop on the Hunter next year

Eagles to swoop on the Hunter next year

“The Eagles are heading back to Australia and New Zealand for a tour. The seven-date Australian leg of the History of the Eagles tour will kick off in Perth in mid-February 2015. It will be the first time the Hotel California rockers have toured Australia since 2010. The tour will include indoor arena dates in…

Valley on a plate

Valley on a plate

“THE annual Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month lasts just 30 days, but planning for the June event started many moons ago at Pokolbin’s RidgeView boutique winery and restaurant. With 90per cent of their produce grown organically on site, the RidgeView team planted produce for their Ocean to Paddock feast as early as last year…

Spicers Vineyards Estate

Weekender: Spicers Vineyards Estate

“Hermitage Road is a quiet Hunter Valley backwater with a particular upmarket attraction – Spicers, writes Daisy Dumas. Less assuming than some is Spicers Vineyards Estate, not easy to see from the road and sitting with a view over Broken Back Ridge, a range that, depending on the light, can either appear brilliantly bold and…