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

IN vine­yards through­out the re­gion, crews are im­mersed in the hard slog that is pick­ing grapes by hand.

They are bend­ing, sweat­ing and snip­ping, fill­ing buck­ets at a fast pace, al­though prob­a­bly not fast enough as far as their su­per­vi­sors are con­cerned, and hang­ing out for smoko to be called.

It’s not for the feint hearted and un­doubt­edly de­mand­ing work, but we must be thank­ful for small bless­ings, and at least this year the tem­per­a­ture hasn’t soared into the for­ties like it some­times does.

Any­one who has worked hard in the sum­mer heat knows noth­ing quenches the thirst like wa­ter, but once re­plen­ished and re­laxed, noth­ing says sum­mer quite like Sau­vi­gnon Blanc.

Feather­top prides it­self on pro- duc­ing one which doesn’t slap you in the face with its pun­gency and is in­stead more del­i­cate and re­strained in its fruit­ful­ness.

It has a fresh, lightly trop­i­cal aroma with a hint of goose­berry, which car­ries through to a bal­anced flavour pro­file with melon and lime.

It is de­li­cious as a pre-din­ner drink but also works well with a light lunch or din­ner, whether it be along­side fried whit­ing or per­haps a warm Viet­namese chicken salad.

Try it while en­joy­ing an al­fresco lunch at Feather­top, where a lit­tle Panko fried cala­mari might just be on the menu.

I guess it some­thing for a picker to look for­ward to when it’s all over.

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