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.