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Our guide to pairing wine with food for a special meal

We’ve sorted you out with the perfect picnic plan and all that’s left to do is slip a bottle of wine into the basket. Rosé is always great for the summer, but if you’re have a steak BBQ, you might want to try these reds – or if you’re after a healthy salad, then these whites could be for you.

Whites

Shingle Peak Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – A classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc.
Tasting notes: Intense tropical and citrus fruits with herbaceous varietal characters.

Goes with: Crunchy crudités with guacamole, or it’s great on its own.

Leo Buring Clare Valley Dry Riesling – Some say it’s Australia’s best riesling.

Tasting notes: Clean, fresh citrus with underlying minerality.

Goes with: Oysters, or a good pâté with crostini.

 

Reds

Pepperjack Barossa Shiraz – A rich, full and honest flavour.

Tasting notes: Concentrated red and blue fruits, dark chocolate and rich mocha with hints of cedar and oak tannins.

Goes with: Steak or other char-grilled meats.

Fickle Mistress Pinot Noir – A mouthful of complex texture with a savoury finish.
Tasting notes: Velvety and flirtatious, packed full of dark stone-fruit flavours with a hint of sweet and spicy oak, balanced by soft, ripe tannins that give it length.

Goes with: Cold roast chicken, smoked chicken salad or cold cuts.

 

Bubbly

Les Petites Vignettes – Sourced from France’s Burgundy region, synonymous with exceptional quality pinot noir and chardonnay. 
Tasting notes: Rich, rounded and a complex blend. Fresh on the palate.

Goes with: Smoked salmon with horseradish cream, capers and bread.

 

Rosés

Annie’s Lane Rosé – A light-bodied wine from Clare Valley, just north of Adelaide, Australia.

Tasting notes: Sweet berry fruits supported by savoury tannins and with a dry finish.

Goes with: Pasta salad – the acidity in the wine will cut through the olive oil dressing.

Fifth Leg Rosé – From the Devil’s Lair winery in Margaret River, which produces serious wine in a fun package.

Tasting notes: A rosé with plenty of strawberry and raspberry fruit flavour, balanced with crisp acidity and a savoury edge.

Goes with: Pita bread and Middle Eastern dips like tzatziki, hummus and babaganoush.

 

Where to Buy: Treasury Wine Estates – For access to wines at staff cellar door prices, contact sg.staffcellar@tweglobal.com.

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