Monday 14 February 2011


JUST the drop with a
brunch of Eggs Benedict.


David Ellis

WHILE we've still hopefully quite a few more weeks of warm weather to enjoy lazy late Sunday morning brunches, a wonderful drop to share these with is Rolling Wines' 2010 Moscato.

The first frizzante-style (small bubbled semi-sparkling) from Rolling's innovative young winemaker Debbie Lauritz, this lovely drop is also just 6.5% alcohol – about half the norm – making it ideal for splashing chilled into large wine glasses to enjoy with those relaxing brunches.

A blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Black Muscat from Rolling Wines' vineyards in the cool climate Central Ranges of NSW, this wine's salmon-pink in colour with aromatic fruitiness and that frizzante light fizz. There's also a nice apple freshness without the biting acidity that sometimes comes with lower-priced fizzes.

At a good-value $17.95 put a couple of bottles on the ice and quaff it down with a brunch of Eggs Benedict.

KILLER drop: Italian Pinot Grigio perfect with
pan-fried or barbecued Atlantic salmon.
ONE FOR LUNCH: A label with a pair of legs in fishnet stockings, one stiletto on and one off, hints of a bare-backside, and the name The Killer may seem a somewhat raunchy way of drawing attention to your product on the shelves.

But South Australia's Chaffey Bros Wine Company has done it to good effect to successfully push sales of a 2009 Pinot Grigio they import in bulk and bottle here under supervision of their Italian winemaking partner in Venezia.

In keeping with the label the wine is subtly perfumed with floral and fruit – and put to the lips wakes the tastebuds with hints of honey and Pinot Grigio grassiness; at $14.95 a nice one to invite to the table with pan-fried or barbecued Atlantic salmon.


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