Wine: 4 Sips for the week

Inycon Fiano 2010 $15

Fiano is an unusual white grape from Sicily and I just love the stonefruit, apricot kernel and nutty flavours it shows alongside deliciously dry minerality on the finish. Dangerously drinkable and, at this price, it'll become a staple in my fridge. Available from

Mata Black-Bru Dark Ale, 330ml, 5pc alc

Made by the highly talented Tammy Viitakangas at Aotearoa Breweries, this is a superb beer that's just perfect for these autumn afternoons. A thick, dark, coffee-coloured foamy head leads the way to spicy Marmite and molasses flavours, followed by surprisingly fresh, yet comforting, creaminess on the finish. Perfect with slow-baked brisket. You can buy it from the brewery at 57 Onslow St, Kawarau, Bay of Plenty. Alternatively, for stockists in your area, email or phone

(07) 323 8370.

Stonecroft Serine Syrah 2010, $25

Pure pepper, violet and boatloads of succulent dark fruits - you'll find it all here in this wine. Although it's very young, the wine is elegant, mouthfilling and has real grip and warmth on the palate. Absolutely stunning and one that will reward patient cellaring - if you're disciplined that is. Buy online at

Pegasus Bay Waipara Pinot Noir 2009, $45

1/2Upfront you'll find vibrant red fruits, beguiling plum and clove aromas and fresh, quenching characters in the mouth. Smooth, slippery and lush, on the finish, it's a lovely drink. Mind you, it's just a puppy and has many years left in it yet.

- Hamilton News

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