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Drinks ed­i­tor Jane Thom­son picks three crowd-pleas­ing wines. Ja­cob’s Creek Barossa Sig­na­ture Ries­ling 2016 $20 Dry, crisp and zingy, yet de­li­ciously flo­ral, a ries­ling like this one is the ul­ti­mate party wine. With lash­ing of lemon sher­bet and green ap­ple, it’s the per­fect match for canapés, seafood or spicy Asian-in­spired dishes. Rymill coon­awarra The Year­ling Shi­raz 2016 $15 Packed with blue­ber­ries, black­cur­rants and ripe plums, this es­tate-grown shi­raz is an ab­so­lute bar­gain, beat­ing out wines twice the price. Soft and juicy with a lick of spice, it’s great with a grilled steak. Oakridge Over­the Shoul­der Pinot Gri­gio 2016 $23 A fresh, bright and crunchy wine that’ll fast be­come a fave, thanks to its gen­er­ous red ap­ple, green pear and lemon in­fused palate. De­light­ful drink­ing on a warm day with a lunch plat­ter of sal­ads and cold meats.

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