## Shingleback Haycutters Shiraz Shingleback, from South Australia's McLaren Vale region, is undoubtedly one of our favourite producers. This wine shows concentrated red cherry and blackcurrant complexity with white pepper and cloves. It's also a very safe bet if you're heading to a dinner and don't know what you're eating. It’s silky and well rounded with plenty of appealing ripe fruit, and will go with just about anything.
## Cattier Premier Cru Champagne NV Sourced from Premier Cru sites on the slopes of the Champagne region, this is a blend of pinot noir for structure, pinot meunier for complexity and chardonnay for elegance. Buttery and creamy yet with an uplifting acidity, this is a truly great sparkling wine calling out to accompany seafood or light white cheeses. Over-delivers on all fronts, offering champagne at a price that isn't beyond the realms of everyday drinkers.
## Chalkboard Frankland River Riesling Absolutely delightful dry riesling with superb weight on the palate. Lime citrus, minerality, stoniness, great with a bowl of salted almonds when it is dark and cold outside. Should be an ever-present wine in the kitchen wine rack.
## Quiet Deeds Lamington Ale (limited release) We love this chocolate brown ale, which has been created as a tribute to the traditional Aussie lamington. The team at Quiet Deeds have outdone themselves combining rich flavours of chocolate malts, caramel and coffee, finishing with the lingering aroma of toasted coconut.
## Hakushu Distillers Reserve Single Malt Whisky 700ml This whisky combines a variety of ages, from a range of casks at the Hakushu distillery in the southern alpine region of Japan, to create a refreshing lively “green” whisky with crisp citrus flavours and herbal notes backed by a gently smoky undertone. Available for the first time ever outside Japan.


Shiraz is the perfect winter wine — warming and spicy when it is cold outside, and it matches perfectly with hearty winter dishes. Shiraz is our best selling red wine varietal and Australia’s most produced wine variety.


Champagne is not just for special occasions, although any meal does seem more special with a bottle of fizz. Boutique and grower champagne is sparkling wine crafted by grape growers and their families, which means that unlike the major champagne houses it rarely tastes the same every year and each producer is different.


The Audrey Hepburn of wine — elegant but misunderstood. Some people avoid it because they remember the sweet styles that were popular in the 1970s and ’80s. But times have moved on and so has riesling, which has shown a sharp increase in popularity over the past 12 months. Rieslings are typically quite aromatic and are particularly well-suited to Asian cuisines.


It’s that time of year when local brewers release their winter ales with bigger and bolder styles and flavours — think chocolate, cinnamon, allspice and coffee. Some of the more exciting brews to look out for are Return of the Dread stout from WA brewery Little Creatures, and the latest edition in the 4 Pines Keller Door series, American Oaked Baltic Porter, which is actually aged in whisky barrels! Both of these are only available for limited periods.


Whisky is synonymous with winter and a cosy fire. Smooth and round or sharp and smoky, the flavours of whiskies from different regions vary just as much as wines. The classic Scotch whisky has come under fire lately from a siege in quality whiskies from around the world. This was reinforced when renowned critic Jim Murray ranked a Japanese whisky the best in the world in the 2015 edition of his Whisky Bible.