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Guthrie Family Wines Jurassique Grenache Blanc, Napa Valley, USA, White Wine bottle
Guthrie Family Wines

JURASSIQUE GRENACHE BLANC

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By Guthrie Family Wines

WHITE | EASY BREEZY
This gorgeous Grenache Blanc is about as trippy as it’s psychedelic dinosaur fantasy label – is it creamy, is it crunchy? Somehow, it’s both!

WHAT WE TASTE
Elderflower, lime blossom, key lime pie

PERFECT PAIRING
Paprika-spiced octopus, cheesy pasta, Siu Mai
TEMP CHECK
Cool as the label!
ABOUT GUTHRIE FAMILY WINES

Blair and Caroline Guthrie are making honest wines, farmed responsibly. Their baby side project (only 600 cases a year) is filled with so much love – their wines are comforting and light-hearted as a Sunday morning dance party in your bathrobe. Beneath that, they are strongly focused on preserving and encouraging the good in the world – environmentally, ethically and everything in between.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
They seek out some of the best in the biz farmers in the region, who are doing things the right way in the vineyards. Using the by-product of sugar cane processing, their corks looks a little different, but they’re totally carbon neutral. Eschewing capsules entirely, they’re saving waste on that front too. They also support cool young artists they trawl up on the interweb for their labels.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
It really does tick all the boxes – refreshing as you like but with an otherworldly substance that makes it perfect to pair with any festive feast.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Sonoma County, California, USA
Grape: Grenache Blanc
Style: All you ever wanted in a white
Ingredients: Grapes & minimal sulphur
Thorne and Daughters Paper Kite Semillon Bottle White Wine, South Africa
Thorne & Daughters

PAPER KITE OLD VINE SEMILLON

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By Thorne & Daughters

WHITE | BUTTER, BABY
Just think of anything yellow and delicious and you’re thinking of Paper Kite – butter, honey, peaches – they’re all here.

WHAT WE TASTE
Yellow flowers and honey with a sprinkle of salt

PERFECT PAIRING
With plenty of conviction, she stands up boldly to an array of flavours but works well for some contemplative thinking-drinking if there’s no food around.
TEMP CHECK
Give her a bit of time to shake the chill to better hear all she has to say. Get her out of the fridge about 15 minutes before drinking.
ABOUT THORNE & DAUGHTERS

They say, quite simply, that they are raising handcrafted wines along with their two daughters. But we think John & Tasha Seccombe are doing so much more than that! They’re raising the profile of forgotten grapes, reflecting on the heritage of a complicated wine-producing country and thoughtfully capturing a new narrative of what that could become.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Mother vineyard to the Tin Soldier, Paper Kite is a celebration of the heritage and history of Semillon in South Africa. It’s made from an old vineyard that includes a mix of both ‘normal’ Semillon and Semillon Gris – which is a mutation (Oh, yes! Grapes have mutants!) that’s almost entirely unique to South Africa – nobody is completely sure how it even happened!
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Swartland, South Africa
Grape: Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris
Style: Rich in flavour, colour and personality
Guthrie Family Wines Galaxy Carbonic Carignan, Napa Valley, USA, Red Wine, Bottle
Guthrie Family Wines

GALAXY CARBONIC CARIGNAN

$526

By Guthrie Family Wines

RED | PLAYFUL
“Wow! That’s a whole lot of fun in your mouth!” Fifi said it best! Katy Perry to the Heirloom Grenache’s Britney Spears.

WHAT WE TASTE
Handfuls of sour Skittles, blood orange and cranberries

PERFECT PAIRING
Burgers & fries while jamming to Baby One More time (according to Blair)
TEMP CHECK
30 min of chill
ABOUT GUTHRIE FAMILY WINES

Blair and Caroline Guthrie are making honest wines, farmed responsibly. Their baby side project (only 600 cases a year) is filled with so much love – their wines are comforting and lighthearted as a Sunday morning dance party in your bathrobe. Beneath that, they are strongly focused on preserving and encouraging the good in the world – environmentally, ethically and everything in between.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Blair makes this wine *because* of the vineyard. The Testa Vineyard was planted in 1912 and is a reflection of everything Blair is looking to represent in his wines – farmed organically since before anyone cared about that, family-owned, fluffy dogs running around. The fact that the vineyard is SO old also helps tone down how much fruit the vines produce – Carignan can produce up to four times the amount of fruit as Cabernet Sauvignon. Less fruit = more concentration = better quality wines (think about watering down mix-a-drink, it’s no good when it’s too diluted)
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Mendocino County, California, USA
Grape: Carignan
Style: Crunchy and bright
Ingredients: Grapes + absolutely minimal sulphites
Atlas Swift Chardonnay Cedarberg White wine bottle
Atlas Swift

CEDARBERG CHARDONNAY

$435

By Atlas Swift

WHITE | EASY BREEZY
The cool blue label reflects the crunchy, cool nature of this cool climate baby.

WHAT WE TASTE
Orange blossom, desiccated coconut, white peach

PERFECT PAIRING
Bright, fresh flavours - especially seafood & lemongrass-y Vietnamese dishes
TEMP CHECK
Chilled, just like the vineyard it comes from
ABOUT ATLAS SWIFT

Just unpacking the name of the brand gives you a sense of how proprietors Martin & Welma Smith view the world. Atlas, the titan of perseverance, tasked with holding up the sky represents how very seriously they take their commitment to protecting the lands on which they grow their grapes. It also speaks to the maps on which the terroirs they work with are laid out. Swifts, one of the fastest and most aerial of the bird species, represents their nimble exploration to find said terroirs. The project, which on the surface, focuses on site-specific Chardonnays from distinctive places scattered across the Western Cape of South Africa, carries with it so much more than just beautiful wines of exceptional texture (Martin is the KING of texture! – Cami). It carries with it the dreams of some of the most authentic souls we have the pleasure to know.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
Martin & Welma see Atlas Swift as an opportunity to raise their young children in an environment where work can be fuelled by passion, where the land and the importance of protecting it, is paramount. They are shaping the next generation to be conscious and responsible for the unique place they hold in the world.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
This baby hails from Cedarberg - known for the highest vineyard sites in South Africa meaning ultra cool climate which equals especially crunchy acidity!
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Cedarberg, South Africa
Grape: Chardonnay
Style: Fresh & refined 
Ingredients: Grapes + minimal sulphur
XECO Amontillado Bottle  Fortified Wine, Jerez, Spain
XECO

AMONTILLADO (500ml)

$224

By XECO

I DON'T IDENTIFY | FORTIFIED
Smells like a heavenly caramel nut dessert but not at all sweet when you drink it. Like nothing you have tried before!

WHAT WE TASTE
Caramel, nuts, apricots

PERFECT PAIRING
Works brilliantly with all sorts of food - chicken and turkey, mushrooms and truffles, paella or risotto, grilled tuna, soups, meatballs with tomato sauce or anchovies on toast, and, of course, cheese, cheese, cheese.
TEMP CHECK
This is best served chilled.
ABOUT XECO

XECO is the brain-child of three 30-something 'fino fiends' who have long shared a love of fine sherry - and frustration that this love wasn't shared by their friends. The solution? Find better friends (kidding!) OR - find a way to bring a ‘Next Generation’ sherry to their friends and the world, finally giving this marvellous drink some long-overdue recognition. With 30 combined years of experience in the drinks industry, the trio set out to create a new brand of Sherry to put a contemporary edge on an age-old product, and in doing so help to dispel some of the myths around the category, while encouraging a new generation of discerning drinkers to give Sherry a second look.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Like its sister Fino, Monti is so versatile! Serve it straight up in a glass, with a slice of orange, or mix it with ginger beer, or Sprite! Cocktail options are endless. Have fun experimenting with this one.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Jerez, Spain
Grape: Palomino
Style: Refreshing and yummy