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Kahibah Sports Club delves into art of wine appreciation


Residents can now explore the Hunter Valley’s rich winemaking history, and delve into the art of wine appreciation, right in the heart of Lake Macquarie.

The Kahibah Sports Club recently opened its new The Tasting Room at its Kenibea Avenue premises, offering locals the opportunity to sample some of the region’s best whites, reds and so much more.

And, to launch the concept, one of Australia’s most distinguished winemakers, Tyrrell’s, has jumped on board.

“We wanted to provide a point of difference – and felt there was a gap in the market that we could fill,” Kahibah Sports Club marketing and event manager Alexandra Dezius said.

“We’ve been working with Tyrrell’s, who established their Hunter Valley vineyard in 1858, for a while.

“So, they’re the first winery we’ll showcase in The Tasting Room.

“They will be featured until the end of February… and we’ll finish off with a wine dinner.”

Ms Dezius hopes more illustrious vineyards and distilleries follow Tyrrell’s lead.

“We’re inviting others to be involved, who’ll step in for a three-month slot,” she said.

“Then we will transition to another couple of vignerons in the Hunter Valley.

“The region boasts so many excellent wineries.

“But, not everyone can make it up to the Hunter Valley.

“If you just want to go out on a weeknight, and try a few wines, it isn’t that easy to do.

“So, we’re bringing the Hunter Valley closer to home.”

Another exciting addition is the Progressive Dinners.

“There are a couple of options, produced by executive chef Bryce Woods,” Ms Dezius told the Newcastle Weekly.

“You can come through just for a tasting or you can have a tasting with some casual light bites, like tapas, that are paired with specific wines, as suggested by our staff.

“Our food menu offers the perfect union with a focus on fresh, local ingredients designed to share.

“Or, we have the Progressive Dinners as well.

“Each course is paired with a particular wine.

“The reaction [so far] has been amazing.

“We’ve received fantastic feedback from the customers.

“They think it’s exceptional value for money; it seems to be the common theme.”

Patrons can visit The Tasting Room, Thursday to Saturday, from 5pm until late or, on Sunday, from noon.

For the full wine experience, the restaurant is available for dinner bookings Thursday to Saturday – for a 6pm or 8pm seating – or drop by and try a self-guided tasting.

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