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Tuesday 11 August 2015

Check out the new-season semillons - and win a Hunter break

If something works then there is no reason to change it. 

Spring is an exciting time of year for lovers of fresh white wines; and there is nowhere better to taste the vibrant new Hunter semillon releases than at Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral. 

This will be the 10th edition of of the event that reduces Sydney's lower north shore to gridlock and it will be held on Sunday, October 11. 

The event, sponsored by North Shore BMW, will showcase more than 20 of the Hunter Valley’s finest wineries, restaurants and producers on the shores of delightful Balmoral Beach.

Wine lovers are invited to purchase a glass and tasting coupons on arrival and work their way around the region; sipping and speaking with winemakers and restaurateurs and hearing the stories behind their wines and dishes. 

The PR material says:"Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral has something for everyone – fine wine, fine food and live music, making it the perfect spring day out". 

I can't figure out why it is still called Uncorked, however, as hardly anyone in the Hunter still uses those unreliable pieces of bark to seal their wines. 

All visitors to the event will have the chance to win a midweek escape for four driving a BMW courtesty of North Shore BMW, with two nights accommodation at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley including daily breakfast and a three-course dinner for four at Infuzion Restaurant; along with 18 holes of golf and spa treatments at The Vintage’s Chateau Elan.

Gates will open at 11am, last wine vouchers will be sold at 4.30pm, last wine poured at 4.45pm. Free shuttle buses will operate approximately every 15 minutes from Mosman and Spit Junction to Balmoral Beach during the hours of the event.

Who will be in attendance? Allandale Winery, Bimbadgen, Briar Ridge, Brokenwood Wines, De Iuliis Wines, Eagles Rest, First Creek, Glandore, Hungerford Hill, James Estate, McLeish Estate, Mount Pleasant, Oakvale, Pepper Tree, Peterson House, Ridge View, Saddler’s Creek, Tallavera, Thomas Wines, Tulloch Wines and Tyrrell’s Wines. 

And there will be tasting plates from Hunter eateries Ridge View, The Cellar, The Verandah and Twine, along with music from the Daley Holliday duo.

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