SEAFOOD ROYALTY Maitland-born chef and Sydney's seafood king Josh Niland (Saint Peter Paddington) is joining Rick Stein and Mitch Turner in the kitchen at Bannisters Port Stephens on April 7 for the exclusive Seafood Series, hosted by Good Food. The event package includes an aperitif on arrival at The Terrace Bar; a four-course wine-matched menu; accommodation plus breakfast; and an event bag. To book, phone 4919 3800 or visit bannisters.com.au.
GRANGE DINNER Not to be outdone, The Anchorage Port Stephens is hosting Penfold’s Grange Dinner by the Sea on Friday, May 3. A six-course Australian-inspired menu by resident chef Michael Jenkins will be expertly paired with Penfold’s wines, including two vintages of Grange and the newly released Penfold’s XO Brandy. For bookings and accommodation package details, phone 4984 2555 or visit anchorageportstephens.com.au.
VINTAGE FUN Catherine Vale vineyard at Fordwich will celebrate the release of its new 2018 chardonnay, semillon and sparkling dolcetto and 2017 barbera wines at its annual luncheon on Sunday, March 31. Cost is $10 per person; phone 6579 1334 or email wine@catherine vale.com.au. Herald wine writer John Lewis says Catherine Vale produced its first vintage in 1997 after Bill and Wendy Lawson took early retirement in 1994 and bought what was a citrus orchard and began planting a vineyard now notable for its Italian-origin grape varieties. Following Bill’s 2016 death at 78 from esophageal cancer, Wendy now runs Catherine Vale with the help of family and friends.