H is for the Hunter Valley on Winephabet Street

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Welcome to our latest installment of #WinephabetStreet brought to you by Dracaena Wines and Kitchen 330. In this series, Debbie Gioquindo and I work our way through the wine world one letter each month. We discuss the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.

H is for the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is located in the state of New South Wales. It has been inhabited by the “people of the hills and plains” known as the  Wonnarua for over 30,000 years. There are two tribes within the Wonnarua; the Worimi live in the north eastern shores while the Awabkal live in the south eastern shores. They call the Hunter Valley Coquun. There are a bunch of Wonnarua tribal stories and they are all so sad. But here is one example. 

Burning Mountain- A Wonnarua Tribe Story from Armchair Productions on Vimeo.

In terms of wine, the most widely planted grape varieties in the Hunter Valley, in descending order, are Chardonnay, Semillon and Verdelho among the whites and Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot among the reds.

In My Glass

2016 Tempus Two Sauvignon Blanc SRP: ($15.99)

eyes: pale golden
nose: pronounced grapefruit, honey, almond

mouth: dry, high acidity, medium (-) body, medium flavors kiwi, grapefruit, pineapple, long finish
thoughts: great QPR wine, 13.0 % ABV 

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Hunter Valley on Winephabet Street

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