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Top 5 Australia Day food & wine matching

Top 5 Australia Day food & wine matching

Celebrate amazing Australian produce this year on our national holiday with these great food and wine matching ideas.  1. Prawns In this country, we are blessed with an abundance of quality seafood. Barbecue split prawns with chilli, oregano and olive oil is an excellent addition to any Australia Day get together. For the perfect wine match, go for a dry white with good acidity such as a fine Semillon or Vermentino. Prawns wine match: Hanwood Estate 1913 Series Vermentino 2015 2. Lamb ...

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Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris

Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris

Do you ever wonder why some wine bottles say Pinot Grigio and others Pinot Gris? Is there a difference? And should you prefer one to the other? What’s the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris? Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are in fact the exact same grape variety. It is a white grape, with a greyish/brownish pink skin (hence the name gris, or gray, in French). The grape originated in France (it’s from the Burgundian Pinot family), and is known as Pinot Gris in France, where it is...

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9 Tasty BBQ Food and Wine Pairings

9 Tasty BBQ Food and Wine Pairings

It’s summer, it’s hot, and it’s time to fire up the BBQ! But what type of wine is best to pair with those foods you’re cooking on the barbie?  Burgers and Shiraz Tempranillo Shiraz and Tempranillo are wonderful partners, with Shiraz bringing fruit power with a peppery edge, and Tempranillo adding savoury elements and complex tannin structure. This red plays up the flavours for a variety of burgers, especially a classic beef burger. The aromas and flavours accent the savoury burgers withou...

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How to pick the perfect wine for everyone on your list

How to pick the perfect wine for everyone on your list

A bottle of wine is the perfect Christmas gift – here’s our guide to which ones work best.  The Classic Red Suggestion: Hanwood Estate Shiraz A balanced wine of black cherry, raspberry flavours complemented by subtle fine tannins and toasty mocha oak providing a palate that lingers. Good with slow-roasted lamb rubbed with Mediterranean herbs. Give to: Fathers-in-law and brothers, or anyone with a tapas complex. The Delicious, Clever Red Suggestion: McW 660 Reserve Canberra Syrah Why ...

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Boozy Mince Pies Recipe

Boozy Mince Pies Recipe

A staple of Christmas, these mince pies will make the perfect addition to all your seasonal baking. The secret to our recipe is adding a few drops of tawny into the mincemeat.  Ingredients:  Makes: 12 For the pastry: 75g semolina 75 g caster sugar 175 g butter 1 tsp vanilla extract Zest of 1 lemon 175 g plain flour icing sugar (for dusting) For the mincemeat: 60ml Tawny 35g soft dark brown sugar 250g sultanas 1 small apple, grated 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ...

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