State of Origin – Who will win this year?

Its that time of year again when NSW and QLD go head to head in one of the most competitive and watched league clashes in the world!

The 3 game competition started back in 1982 where the NSW blues and QLD maroons competed for the ultimate prize of winning the State of Origin shield for their state.

Since the beginning, QLD has won 23 games compared to the Blues wins of 13.

Who will win this year? Do the Blues have a chance to come out on top?

Join us on Wednesday night in our Sports Bar for the first game of the series.

With $15 Steak & Beer specials + $12 Jugs of Quickdraw – you’ll be set for a great night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to make the perfect mulled cider

Winter has arrived – the season for warm drinks, fireplaces and comfy blankets. 

Here at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, we have perfected the recipe for the best mulled cider, perfect for dinner parties or cold winter nights at home. 

Follow the recipe below, created by our bar manager Mike and impress your friends and family with this delicious beverage this winter!

Ingredients:

1L James Squire Cider (or cider of your choice)

2 Tbsp Brown sugar

Fresh apples & oranges

Fresh spices including: Cinnamon twirls, star anise, cardamom pods, vanilla beans

Recipe:

Add the cider to a pot on the stove and bring to the boil

Add the sugar and reduce to a simmer

Add in the spices (to taste)

Simmer for an hour – stirring occasionally

Your cider is now ready to drink!

Pick your favourite mug, find the perfect spot to prop your feet up and enjoy!

 

 

 

Snap & Win(e) Competition

SNAP & WIN(E) TERMS AND CONDITIONS
THE PROMOTER
1. The Promoter is Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
ENTRY
1. Entry is only open to Australian residents. Employees and their immediate families of the Promoters, directors, management, related companies, retailers, suppliers and their agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible.
2. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. Entry is through Instagram.
4. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. To enter, you must have an Instagram account and be following @watsonsbayboutiquehotel. Every entrant must tag @watsonsbayboutiquehotel @tasteorange and #tasteorange
6. Competition entrants must be over the age of 18.
COMPETITION DATES
1. The competition commences on 22/05/16 at 11.00AM EST .The winners will be chosen at random, at the Promoter’s premises at the end of the day, 22/05/16 at 11:59PM EST.
THE WINNER
1. The winner will be notified via comment on their entry photo on Instagram.
2. There will be no unclaimed prize draw. If the Promoter is unable to contact the winner to claim fulfillment of the promotional prize, that winner will forfeit the prize in its entirety. The Promoter will not be liable for a winner who cannot be contacted and therefore forfeits their prize and no correspondence will be entered into.
3. The Promoter reserves the right to request winners to provide proof of identity, proof of residency, proof of age at the nominated prize delivery address and/or proof of entry validity (including phone bill) in order to claim a prize. Proof of identification, residency, age and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the Promoter. In the event that a winner cannot provide suitable proof, the winner will forfeit the prize in whole and no substitute will be offered.
4. The Promoter reserves the right to re-judge in the event of an entrant, claiming to be a winner, being unable to satisfy these Terms and Conditions.
5. The judges’ decision in relation to any aspect of the competition is final and binding on each person who enters. Chance plays no part in determining the winner. No correspondence will be entered into. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries. Prizes are subject to availability, not transferable or exchangeable and, with the exception of cash prizes, cannot be taken as cash. Prizes will be sent to the winner’s nominated address as stated in their original entry. The Promoter and their associated agencies, and companies associated with this promotion will take no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost in transit.
6. The Promoter and their associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any misadventure, accident, injury, loss (including but not limited to consequential loss) or claim that may occur during the promotion; whilst undertaking any travel won on or connected with their entry into the promotion; in the participation in any prize; as a consequence of late, lost or misdirected mail; due to the broadcast of any program relating to the competition or the publication of any material, including any statements made by any compere, staff member, journalist, other entrants or any other person; in relation to failure of an SMS entry message to be received by the Promoter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion; or in relation to failure of an entry to be received on the website on account of technical problems or traffic congestion; arising from or related to any problem or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines or mobile communications network related to or resulting from participation in this promotion; arising from or related to any problem or technical malfunction of any computer equipment, software, internet connection, any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer software related to or resulting from participation in this promotion.
7. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned including infection by computer virus, line drop out, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affect the administration security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the Promoter [subject to state and territory legislation] reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion. The Promoter is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, technical problems of the phone or of any phone network, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participants or any other person’s phone related to or resulting from participation or sending or receiving of any communication or of any materials in this competition.
PERSONAL INFORMATION
1. All entries and any copyright subsisting in the entries become and remain the property of the promoter. The Promoter collects personal information about entrants to include entrants in the promotion and where appropriate award prizes. If the personal information requested is not provided, the entrant may not participate in the promotion. By participating in the promotion, each entrant also acknowledges that a further primary purpose for collection of entrants personal information by the Promoter is to enable the Promoter to use the information to assist the Promoter in improving goods and services and to contact entrants in the future with information on special offers or provide entrants with marketing materials via any medium including, but not limited to, mail, telephone and commercial electronic messages. The Promoter may share information with its related companies or promotional partners who may contact entrants in this way with special offers.
2. By entering the promotion, each entrant agrees that the Promoter may use entrants’ personal information in this manner. The entrant also agrees that the Promoter may publish or cause to be published the winner’s name and locality in any media as required under the relevant lottery legislation.
THE PRIZE
1. The prize is a 1x Night Stay in a Watsons King Room incl. continental breakfast at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel + a selection of Orange Wines. The entire prize must be redeemed together and cannot be split and used separately.
2. The prize must be redeemed by the date specified on the voucher.
3. The entire prize is subject to availability and black out periods.
4. Winner is responsible for making their booking with the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
5. Venue and all prize elements are subject to availability. If a particular prize element is not available, efforts will be made to find a suitable replacement. In the event that a third party cannot honour their element of the prize, that element may not be replaced.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay 2016

A big thank you to all the Orange wineries and amazing crowds who joined us for a beautiful day yesterday in Robertson Park for the 3rd annual Taste Orange Food & Wine Festival.

The sun was shining and the wine was flowing for an afternoon of everything Orange.

A variety of Orange wineries were involved in the Festival, showcasing some of their proudest drops, and Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel offered mouth-watering dishes to accompany from multiple food stalls in the park. From freshly cooked paella to pulled pork rolls and a selection of Australias finest cheeses, there was something for everyone.

Visitors had the chance to sample the dynamic flavours of Orange and purchase their favourites direct from the suppliers, while being in the heart of Watsons Bay.

Wineries on board for this year’s festival included Rowlee Wines, Philip Shaw Wines, Ross Hill Wines, Tamburlaine Wines, Angullong Wines, Simon Gilbert, Slow Wine Co, Patina Wines, Highland Heritage and Cargo Road Wines.

From live music to kids face painting and a kindi farm, Taste Orange Food & Wine Festival was a great day for all! The honourable. Malcom Turnbull also joined us for the afternoon!

Thank you again to everyone who spent the day with us down by the bay!

Check out the photos from the event on our Facebook

Love Wine x Love Logan

LOVE WINE x LOVE LOGAN

Logan Wines are made exclusively from grapes grown in Orange, in some of the highest altitude vineyards in Australia.

We had the chance to ask Peter Logan, the winemaker behind this range, some questions about his love for wine. For two decades he has made wines in styles as diverse as sparkling, crisp and aromatic white, smooth and textured white, rosé, dessert wines and reds ranging from lighter styles to fuller bodied longer ageing varieties.

What drew you to working with wine? Where did your love come from?

I was working as a chemist for a pharmaceutical company and getting a little bored with that. I went backpacking and found myself really enjoying the probably terrible carafe wine I was drinking through Europe so decided to have a vintage stint on a winery and loved it. I stayed.

What is your favourite type of wine to drink? What would you typically pair this with?

I’m rather promiscuous with the wine I drink, liking good drops in pretty much any style. If pushed though I guess I consume a fair bit of Riesling particularly if eating cold peeled prawns or fish and chips.

How do the wines you produce, reflect the region that the grapes reign from?

Orange is a high altitude cool climate but very sunny wine growing region, so the grapes develop plenty of fruit flavour without losing the spice characters and acid freshness. This makes it the perfect region to produce elegant wines with a complex mix of fruity and savoury elements.

What are the main factors that influence the taste of wine? Barrel time, grape variety, area, picking time?

There are so many factors which influence the taste and feel of a wine, some of them controllable and some beyond our control as winemakers and grapegrowers. Each grape variety has its own individual group of characters which will sometimes be expressed in the wine and sometimes not, depending on the growing conditions and winemaking techniques. The soil the vines are planted in influences the structure and feel of the wine, the temperature, sunshine and leaf canopy during the growing season guide the grapes flavour development, the flavour spectrum changing over time as the grapes ripen while the tannins ripen and soften and the acid decreases – so the timing of harvest is a crucial factor in determining the characters the winemaker is working with.

In the winery, the mouth feel of the wine is influenced by how long the grape skins remain in the juice or ferment after the grapes are crushed. Fermenting by wild yeasts (which are naturally floating around in the environment) produces different textures and aromas than if the winemaker adds commercial yeast strains, to oak or not and if so type of oak, for how long and when, are all just a few of the factors influencing the end wine.

What are the highs of your time working with Logan ? How did you celebrate these victories?

2016 marks the 20th vintage for Logan and I think the high points for me over this time, besides the never ending thrill of randomly encountering people enjoying our wine, is putting a good vintage / harvest to bed. The vintage is the period where we harvest, press and ferment all the wines for that year and it is a dynamic, exciting, tough and exhausting couple of months but extremely rewarding when you taste the life of the vintage in the brand new wines. We like to celebrate the end of vintage with a BBQ by the river with a bit of fishing, cricket, footy and great wine.

Logan are one of the participants in this years Taste Orange Food & Wine Festival at Watsons Bay. Head down on Sunday and get the chance to taste some of their fantastic wines straight from the country.

Experience Orange without leaving Sydney

For the month of May, we are bringing country to the coast as Brand Orange hits the shores of Watsons Bay. With a number of Orange wineries on board, we will be sampling the best that Orange has to offer.

One key winery is Heifer Station, who have been producing delicious wines since 2009 and are participating in Taste Orange month at Watsons Bay. Their wines are on display throughout the venue on our specially designed Orange wine menus and they are also joining in our Wine Masterclasses throughout the month, giving Sydney siders the opportunity to taste and learn about their wines.

We spoke to Jimmy from Heifer Station and asked him some questions to better understand his love for wine making.

What drew you to working with wine? Where did your love come from? 

We are primary producers and growers with a love for the high altitude, fertile soils of Orange.

What is your favourite style of wine to drink? What would you typically pair this with?

We don’t discriminate we love all wine equally

How do the wines you produce, reflect the region that the grapes reign from? Does the area and terrain play a big part in taste?

A longer growing season and cooler days and nights helps produces an elegant flavour profile that Heifer Station are known for.

What are the highs of your time working with Heifer Station? How did you celebrate these victories?

Bringing the vineyard back from the brink -When we purchased the vineyard the vines were ten foot high and blackberry was running rampant throughout the vineyard. We believe that this period of abuse has strengthened the vines, the vineyard is now a lot older and wiser.

Heifer Station will also be participating in the Taste Orange Food & Wine Festival taking place on Sunday 22nd May.

Have you bought your tasting tokens yet? Purchase them here

We’re on Snapchat!

Keep up to date with everything that’s happening by the bay! Get a behind the scenes look at our Beach Club!

Head to the app store on your phone and download the app

Search for WatsonsBayHotel and add us as a friend

Check out our ‘story’ and snap us too!

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VIVID at Watsons Bay

Vivid Sydney, now in its eighth year, is Australia’s major event in winter and is recognised as the largest event of its kind in the world combining light, music and ideas. The program features large scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas). All three celebrate Sydney as a creative hub of the Asia-Pacific.

Vivid Sydney was voted Australia’s Best Event in 2013 and Best Tourism Event in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

To celebrate VIVID 2016, we have teamed up with Fantasea Cruises and are offering a special VIVID accommodation + return private Yellow Water Taxi package for couples and families.

COUPLES – $249 includes one night stay + return private water taxi to Circular Quay for 2
FAMILIES – $399 includes one night stay + return private water taxi to Circular Quay for 4

The offer is valid on specific dates during the 3 week festival, get in quick to book your VIVID at Watsons Bay experience!

WEEK 1: Sun 29, Mon 30 May
WEEK 2: Wed 8, Thurs 9 June
WEEK 3: Tues 14, Wed 15, Thurs 16 June

For more information and to book your stay, call us on 02 9337 5444 or email info@watsonsbayhotel.com.au and mention that you want to book the VIVID Accommodation offer.

 

DON’T WANT TO SAY THE NIGHT?

You can still experience Vivid without the hassle!
Book onto one of our private water taxis for $30pp – which includes return transfers from Watsons Bay Wharf to Circular Quay

To book – please click here

Host your EOFY party with us!

The End of the Financial Year is quickly approaching and it’s a great time for teams to get together, celebrate the financial year just past and be congratulated for their hard work!

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the perfect venue, with a diversity of fantastic event spaces, for any occasion.

This year, we’re offering great discounts when you  book your End of Financial Year party at the venue before 26th June.

Receive 20% off food and beverage along with 50% off venue hire.

**terms & conditions apply

Treat yourself and your team to an EOFY that will be one for the books.

For more information, or to book

please email: events@watsonsbayhotel.com.au or call 9337 5444

 

Taste Orange x Country meets the Coast

For the third consecutive year, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is partnering with Brand Orange to bring the country to the coast!

With a line up of month long activities including wine masterclasses and a special Orange wine list in venue, the partnership will culminate in Robertson Park for the annual Taste Orange Food & Wine Festival, held on Sunday the 22nd of May. The partnership runs throughout the month of May 2016, in celebration of ‘Aussie Wine Month’.

Taste Orange Food & Wine Festival

Sydneysiders and visiting travellers are welcomed to attend the festival from 11am – 5pm, and immerse themselves in some of the finest produce from one of Australia’s most prominent cool climate wine regions, Orange, all while overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Entry to the festival is free, and pre-packaged tasting tickets are available here

$40 per person offers 10 tasting tokens at $4 each plus a free branded glass to use throughout the festival ($5 to purchase on the day).

**Tickets are non-refundable

A variety of Orange wineries are involved in the Festival, showcasing some of their proudest drops, and Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel will offer mouth-watering dishes to accompany from multiple food stalls in the park. Visitors will have the chance to sample the dynamic flavours of Orange and purchase their favourites direct from the suppliers, while being in the heart of Watsons Bay.

Wineries on board for this year’s festival include Rowlee Wines, Philip Shaw Wines, Ross Hill Wines, Tamburlaine Wines, Angullong Wines, Simon Gilbert, Slow Wine Co, Patina Wines, Highland Heritage and Cargo Road Wines.

Wine Masterclasses

The month also features a series of Orange wine masterclasses at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

TUES 10th | WED 18th | THURS 26th

Each event will be led by the resident sommelier, taking guests through the finest wines from the Orange region, without the 260 kilometer drive.

 $45 per person.

**Tickets are non-refundable

Taste Orange Food & Wine Festival is the community event of the season and a celebration of Australia’s homegrown wineries.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

A special accommodation package will be offered at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, starting from $209 per night, which includes one night stay in Watsons King Room plus a welcome bottle of wine from the Orange Region in the room – Please call reception on (02) 9337 5444