Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - WITH ANITA

THE sear­ing heat has taken its toll on the toma­toes which were right at the top of the plants and clos­est to the sun.

While those with pro­tec­tion from green­ery and shade cloth have fared much bet­ter, the out­siders have a nasty case of sun­burn which makes it look a lit­tle like the gor­geous red spheres have bald patches.

So the in­sid­ers are the ones we are slic­ing, top­ping with fresh basil and driz­zling with olive oil, while the ugly ones are still basiled, but oiled and pep­pered and thrust in the oven to roast un­til they blis­ter even more.

The smell in the kitchen is kind of sticky, sweet and sum­mery and when they’re roughly chopped they make a lazy sauce for pasta or gnoc­chi.

Crum­ble some goats cheese on top and it’s a treat – es­pe­cially with a glass of Pfeif­fer Wines Ries­ling.

This wine has a vi­brant and fruity bou­quet packed with sum­mery charm and punchy cit­rus fruit.

That cit­rus ap­peal con­tin­ues in the zingy flavour, lush with lime, long last­ing and even­tu­ally com­ing to a crisp, min­eral end.

It’s one to en­joy with a pic­nic on the banks of Sun­day Creek when you visit the cel­lar door in Wah­gun­yah, or when you pic­nic at home us­ing up all the dodgy pro­duce you’ve grown your­self.

Toma­toes and basil are re­ally only at the best at the height of sum­mer – so it’s lucky this Ries­ling is tops all year around.

Avail­able from lo­cal out­lets or visit www. pfeif­fer­wines. com. au.

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