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Run out of ideas for dinner? Something to celebrate but nowhere to go? Nothing in the cupboard to cook?
We've joined forces with The Deck Cafe & Sabor Dessert Bar and have a 5 course degustation meal, with matching wines, ready to be delivered to your door, this Saturday 2nd May!
You just need to chill the wine and follow Matt live on Facebook to learn how to finish and plate your dishes.
Believe me, you and your family will be impressed by this special meal.
Deliveries to Sydney, Central Coast, Port Stephens, Newcastle, Maitland and Singleton.
Don't live in one of these areas? I bet you know somebody who does, and you'll be their new best friend when you let them know about this amazing opportunity.
Degustation to your Door, Saturday 2nd May, 2020
5 course Degustation for 2 persons.
Only $65 per person (min. 2 people, food only)
Stomp Wines Degustation 6 pack $110 (RRP$152)
Baked figs with macadamia nut crust, blue cheese and sage cream sauce
Wine match - Stomp Sparkling Verdelho
Tasmanian Salmon, squid ink arancini with asparagus sauce and tomato and caper tapenade
Wine match - Stomp 2018 Fiano or Stomp 2018 Chardonnay
Maple glazed pork belly on French toast
Wine match - Pssst ’n’ Broke 2017 Merlot
Preserved lemon and rosemary lamb rump with soft polenta, caponata and balsamic glaze
Wine match - Pssst ’n’ Broke 2018 Shiraz
Sabor Dessert Bar
Tasting Plate -
Crunchy chocolate slice
Salted caramel mousse with sticky date pudding
Dark & white salted caramel Portuguese mousse
Chocolate & raspberry dome tart, Black forest scheibe
Wine match - Stomp Wines Moscato
ALL ORDERS, INCLUDING WINE, MUST BE PLACED WITH THE DECK CAFE BEFORE 2PM THURSDAY 30TH APRIL
PH (02) 4930 9007
BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! WILL SELL OUT VERY QUICKLY.
MAKE SURE YOU LET THEM KNOW YOU WANT THE WINE PACK AND MEALS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE GO TO THE DECK CAFE WEBSITE.
Following on from my Christmas blog I thought I’d share another treasured family recipe.
Throughout most of his career, my gorgeous father-in-law served the Dubbo Region as an ambulance officer, rising through the ranks, to head the Orana Region Ambulance Service. However, before he was an ambo, he was a talented baker.
So often, at family gatherings, he’s shared with us how tough life was back then. Not that we don’t believe him, but every time he regales us with his story, we all go straight to Monty Python’s Skit - Four Yorkshire Men. He had no shoes, and rode his push bike from Peak Hill to Warren, approximately 141km. Here he stayed with his sister all week, working in her bakery, until riding back home at the end of the week. At this point in the story, we all break out, ‘Luxury… you had a bike… I lived in shoebox…’ And on it goes…
I digress, being a talented baker, he’s always baked the Easter Hot Cross Buns. That is, until his children were old enough to take him on and have a Hot Cross Bun baking competition every Easter. This year our baking competition will be a virtual one and we’re happy to open it up to you too. That is, if you’ve managed to score any yeast and flour in these strange times!
Please post your pictures to our social pages - @stompwines. I'm sure they'll all be amazing!
Happy Easter and happy baking!
Pa’s Hot Cross Buns
Drought, bushfires and now the Covid-19 pandemic... a steep learning curve for how to survive in small business during a crisis or three!
For now, according to Government regulations, our cellar door may stay open for takeaway sales only. However, to do our bit in 'flattening the curve', we've made the decision to close our doors and move to on-line sales only.
There's never been a better time for me to learn how to drive my website, right? And, for you, our loyal customers, there's never been a better time to help support small, family business, if and when you're able. Let's face it, we all need wine, right? And with your help, when this is all over, we will fling open our doors and welcome you back to the beautiful Hunter Valley, our home!
For now, please keep in touch on Facebook and Instagram, share our posts to your wine drinking friends. We encourage you to fill your cellar as we get creative with some specials and hunt down some older vintage wines to share. Couriers are considered an essential service during these difficult times and our wines can still be delivered directly to your door. Hallelujah!
What are you waiting for? Head on over to our virtual cellar right now! And, if you have any questions on any of our wines, remember we are only a message or phonecall away.
Meanwhile I'll continue my steep learning curve and hopefully not drink all the stock I'm meant to be sharing with you!
We miss your smiling faces already... but we are positive we will all get together again soon. Until then, wash your hands, stay safe and well and enjoy your time with your family.
Michael, Meredith and Alyssa
Thank you to all our Vintage 2020 Winemaking Apprentices...
With some of the best t-shirt art seen to date; a shiraz blend that has Michael realising he had some very good palates on site; a feast, from Chef Matt Dillow, that seemed endless; tunes from Mark Henderson that had guests dancing; some particularly stylish stomping, squishing & even head dunking?
We had one of the best stomp! events yet. Thank you for joining us.
Stomp! 2021 will be held on Saturday 6th March. Add it to your calendars or if you suffer from FOMO, fear not, you can book your tickets now.
Vintage in the Hunter Valley can be challenging… & this year certainly is. The prolonged drought has resulted in much smaller berries, less fruit & stressed vines. That said, Vintage 2020 was looking good… until the fire season started. How quickly things took a turn for the worse. Prolonged fire and resulting smoke in our region now leaves all Hunter Valley Winemakers closely monitoring grapes for evidence of smoke taint. This very real threat can lead to unpleasant taints in our wines. Twenty-one years making wines in our valley and this is a first for us.
Farmers are resilient… and let’s face it, winemaking is farming. Resilient? Well, with the help of our amazing Rural Fire Service, & the local community working together, we've made it through the devastating bush fires. We're slowly being forced to adapt to working with drought and with the help of The Australian Wine Research Institute and other wine regions who've dealt with fire before, we’re trying to get the best out of our grapes.
That said, we don’t think we’ll be crushing much fruit this year. Unfortunately, our grapes, grown in Broke, have been affected by the persistent smoke in our valley. Most have absorbed compounds that can eventually create ‘smoke taint’ in our wine. Not really an issue, I hear you say? Hmmm… it can taste like the bottom of a dirty ashtray. Not really a flavour we’d like to introduce to our wines.
We are currently conducting lots of mini ferments and trials working out what we can and can’t produce. Rest assured, although the decisions we’re being forced to make are incredibly difficult, we will only be producing the wines you’ve grown to love. Watch this space, once we know what we’re producing, we can’t wait to tell you about the label it will be bottled under!
So, whilst you leave us to the science, trials and hard decisions... we're asking for your help & support. We ask you to visit the beautiful Hunter Valley - for a day, the weekend or a mid-week escape. Stay in our Winemakers Cottage. Buy local Hunter Valley wines, particularly Stomp! and Pssst ‘n’ Broke Wine Co. And, maybe the best ongoing support you can provide is to sign up to our Stomp Wine Club. You know you want to! 😊
Your support means the world to us & will help us through some very hard decision making and a difficult year ahead. Thank you.
NB: The above outlines our current situation. We understand many people around our country are doing it very tough and our thoughts are with everyone suffering right now.