WINNING WINES Newcastle’s exclusive 133-year-old Newcastle Club has won a 2018 Australian Wine List of the Year award for “Australia’s best club restaurant wine list”. The judges, Herald wine writer John Lewis tells me, said the Newcastle Club “might be in Newcastle with a history dating back to the 19th century but this club is far from parochial. Yes there’s a stunning line-up of Hunter Valley semillon because sommelier Matt Underwood has a love of the variety. But he also says drinkability is key so the 565 wines on offer represent just that with a strong range from Australia and Europe. It’s a cracking list.”
KIDS EAT FREE Novocastrian Louise Birkens has launched a website which lists more than 600 eateries where kids can eat free – including many in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley regions. Check it out at https://kidseatfreeguide.com.au/ or and grab a bargain.
ANNUAL LUNCH Noyce Brothers Wine is again hosting The Great Wollombi Bush Lunch at Old Byora farm on Saturday, September 15. Phone 0416 245 655 or email email@example.com to book.
NEW IDEAS It’s always exciting to hear that Subo has a new menu. The teaser they posted online earlier this week looks amazing – parmesan churros with marjoram and smoked avocado.
THINKING AHEAD Simply D’Vine Cafe at Nukalba already serves a mean breakfast, brunch and lunch but chef Casey Parsons, as ambitious as ever, has hinted at more. Watch this space.
FRENCH AFFAIR The Cunning Culinarian at Maitland is kicking off a weekly French night on Wednesday, August 8. Think French wine, French cheese and a 90-minute conversational French lesson.
BEER AND CIDER The annual Warners at the Bay Festival is on November 18. Early bird tickets are now available.
VENUE CHANGE Singleton Night Food Fiesta has a new venue: Singleton Golf Club. Events have been confirmed for August 25 and September 15.
ROSY FUTURE International Rosé Day is on August 14. According to sales data from Cellarmasters, there has been a 37 per cent increase year to year of men purchasing rosé wine, with 49 per cent of all rosé orders today made by men. Brosé?
DOORS CLOSED Kitami is closing its Beaumont Street, Hamilton, store and shifting its attention to its Carrington and King Street, Newcastle, locations.