Wine: 3 sips for the week

Lake Chalice 'The Raptor' Marlborough Chardonnay 2010 $29

This is a super-sippable chardonnay which oozes tropical treats and succulent stonefruit notes. It has a really attention-grabbing, upfront juiciness and lovely, toasty texture on the finish.

Brancott Estate 'Living Land' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 $23

An exponential improvement in quality this year. This is now a sauvignon boasting real texture, weight and personality in its punchy, tropical flavours and clean, driven acidity. Widely available.

Renaissance Brewing Co. Perfection Pale Ale 500ml $7.20

Andy Deuchars, Brian Thiel and Soren Eriksen have created in "Perfection" one of those really comforting, creamy, English-style pale ales that I just love to drink.

It is toasty, nutty and rich, with a masculine, malty flavour and spice-driven fresh, hoppy notes on the finish.

A beer that I could easily become best friends with.

- Hamilton News

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