Steven Fan­ning

Qantas - - Quisine. -

Som­me­lier, Saké Restau­rant & Bar, Bris­bane

You’ve got $20 to spend. What wine would you buy? D’Aren­berg d’Arry’s Orig­i­nal Shi­raz Gre­nache. It’s an iconic Aus­tralian wine and my go-to for a ca­sual din­ner at home. And if you had $50? I’m a fan of Sami-Odi’s Lit­tle Wine #4. What hot new va­ri­ety of grape should we be try­ing? Assyr­tiko is cit­rusy and fresh and suits the cli­mate in Queens­land. What wine would you drink with Chi­nese food? An offdry German ries­ling such as Dreis­si­gacker from the Rhein­hessen re­gion. Chi­nese gen­er­ally has a lot of spice so you need a lit­tle sugar. And with Thai? A Grüner Velt­liner. The ripeness of the rich fruit works nicely with the del­i­cate na­ture of Thai cui­sine. It also cuts through the heat. What’s the best wine in Aus­tralia right now? Any­thing from McLaren Vale in South Aus­tralia – Brash Hig­gins’ Nero d’Avola is a stand­out. What five wines would you put away for 10 years? Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Semil­lon, Gros­set Pol­ish Hill Ries­ling, Pen­folds Grange, Yarra Yer­ing Pinot Noir and Pe­taluma Coon­awarra Mer­lot. What wine should I buy for a new­born to open at their 21st? Clon­akilla Shi­raz Viog­nier from the Can­berra Dis­trict. What do you drink when no-one’s watch­ing? Fer­netBranca, a bit­ter her­bal liqueur. And there’s noth­ing wrong with a cold XXXX Gold.

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