With a cooler change in climate to look forward to, it’s time to stock the cellar (or in my case the wine rack) with some brilliant wines that taste expensive but won’t break the budget. Here’s my top 5 recommendations for an Autumnal palate … cheers! Andy


I love the change in seasons and the chance to include more red wines in one’s wine storage is never presented with any roadblocks in our house. And is there any varietal more symbolic of Australia than the hard-working, robustly flavoured, popular and food-loving South Australian Shiraz? This little cracker of a wine is excellent value for money and generous in flavour! A classically rich and mouth-filling wine from the Langhorne Creek region, it presents deepest dark red with a very youthful and vibrant garnet hue. It is bursting with flavours of ripe dark berry, cassis, plum and raspberry which are framed by soft tannins. Our suggested food match for this little gem is Beef Carpaccio with Wild Arugula Salad. Available everyday at $12.99 in any six.


I believe Riesling is still very much under appreciated here in Australia, there are not that many thirst-quenching beverages that you can wash down so well with a plate of Sydney Rock Oysters or a bucket of King Prawns than a creamy Riesling – and Jim Barry Watervale doesn’t disappoint. The wine in the glass has a hay like appearance with a green hue. The aromas that jump out are of ginger, spicy preserved lemon and fresh lime juice. There is an underlying complexity that comes from ten distinctly different yeast strains used on the separate parcels that make the final blend. The palate is tight, aromatic and textural with a spine of natural grape acidity and a zesty, clean finish. Try this lively and luscious number with a Thai Pork Salad!  This Riesling is part of our #bayfieldsbestbuys range at $14.89 in any six until 24/4/2018.


Can anyone say ‘no’ to Marlborough? From the vineyards of New Zealand’s majestic Marlborough region comes this stunning Pinot Gris by Kim Crawford. Presenting pale straw in colour with wonderfully lifted tree fruit aromatics of ripe pear and quince with honey, floral notes, and a touch of citrus. The palate is clean and fresh with Braeburn apple and florals adding complexity. While it’s an ideal wine to drink on its own, it pairs handsomely with antipasto, fresh seafood and Southeast Asian cuisine. This wine is part of our #bayfieldsbestbuys at $13.89 in any six until 24/4/2018.


Lively, effervescence beads with a delicate, pale straw yellow complexion, this Italian Sparkling is fresh and slightly sweet to the palate, and flavoursome on the back of the tongue. It is agreeably fruity with a harmonious finish. La Gioiosa represents the tradition of wine-making, which the Moreti Polegato family have been carrying our for three generations, and it’s a magnificent symbiosis with the land of Prosecco and the Montello and Piave wines. Perfect for celebrations on its own or with salty cheeses and fresh fruits. Enjoy this delicious Sparkling wine which is part of our #bayfieldsbestbuys at $16.89 in any six until 24/4/2018.


Wolf Blass is a name you’d happily see set as a table wine, bring to a BBQ or throw in the picnic hamper, but don’t overlook the everyday to find something truly special! Deep crimson with purples hues, and an aromatic bouquet of dark fruit characters with hints of plum, cassis and minty varietal notes. This Red offers a generous mid palate with plum and cassis overtones, subtle integrated oak, gently structured tannins and a finely textured finish. Our top food pairing recommendation is Beef Stroganoff. Enjoy this South Australian favourite as part of our #bayfieldsbestbuys at $8.89 in any six until 24/4/2018.

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