AND TO DRINK…

Drinks editor Yvonne Lorkin sug­gests matches for th­ese dishes.

Dish - - SPRING CHICKEN -

1. TIKKA CHICKEN DRUM­STICKS WITH CRUNCHY TOP­PING

The whole is def­i­nitely greater than the sum of its parts with the Wolf­trap Stel­len­bosch Viog­nier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2015 ($22). This apri­cot, jas­mine and cit­rus oil-scented stun­ner con­tains 48% viog­nier, 41% chenin blanc, and 11% grenache blanc, so it’s in­tensely fruity. And with a morsel of musk­i­ness, it’s del­ish with th­ese drums. plan­etwine.co.nz

2. CHICKEN, EGG AND WAL­NUT SAND­WICHES

The rich­ness of this filling com­bined with the creamy, lux­u­ri­ous, av­o­cado-y dress­ing just cries out for a glass of Rich­mond Plains Nel­son Blanc de Noir 2017 ($22.99). Think sum­mer flow­ers, stone fruits, soft cherry and guava, fol­lowed by juicy peach and red ap­ple flavours and a long, chalky tex­ture to fin­ish. rich­mond­plains.co.nz

3. LIME AND SMOKED CHICKEN SOUP

Jalapeños, chillis, co­rian­der, gar­lic? What you now need is the Ostler Waitaki Grower Se­lec­tion Gewurz­traminer 2017 ($27). Ly­chee-laden with a twang of nat­u­ral sweet­ness, it fin­ishes crispy dry and ex­ot­i­cally spiced. So good with this soup! ostler­wine.co.nz

4. CHICKEN MEAT­BALLS

Pour a glass of the Anna’s Way Marl­bor­ough Chardon­nay 2016 ($20) to pair with this dish and rel­ish that life is good. Crafted by the tal­ented Louis Vava­sour, this gen­er­ously com­plex wine is chocka with roast stone­fruit, cit­rus and creamy cashew but­ter and toasted crum­pet char­ac­ters. arwc.co.nz

5. DUKKAH CHICKEN

One sip of the Squawk­ing Mag­pie Re­serve Marl­bor­ough Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2017 ($19) and you’ll see why this hit of pas­sion­fruit, lime, le­mon­ade, and bruised basil is great with th­ese nib­bles. Rock­ing moun­tains of fresh herbs, it’s so gosh-darn juicy you won’t want to put the glass down! caros.co.nz

6. ZUCCHINI TACOS

A crisp, crunchy rosé is in or­der with the zesty spices coat­ing the chicken. I love the Bladen Marl­bor­ough Pinot Rosé 2017 ($23) be­cause pinot noir is the hero here and that makes their rosé se­ri­ously re­fresh­ing and rasp­berry-edged with a clas­sic cherry zing. bladen.co.nz

7. SUMAC ROASTED CHICKEN LEGS

Thor him­self would im­me­di­ately grab a bot­tle of Epic Thun­der APA 500ml 5.8% ($7.80). Its in­tense hop­pi­ness and huge cit­rus flavours ham­mer home the spice and herb notes in the chicken. Mas­sive length of flavour means it’s magic here. craft­beeron­line.co.nz

8. CHICKEN KOFTA

The herby, spicy, lemony kofta just sing out for the lifted nashi and nec­tarine notes and squeak of nat­u­ral sweet­ness in the Te Pa Marl­bor­ough Pinot Gris 2017 ($19). Its cleans­ing acid­ity and a del­i­cate dust­ing of spice makes it per­fect with th­ese nib­bles. cen­trecity.co.nz

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