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Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

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Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

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Aløft

There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Top Drops: October

These are the drops we're savouring this month, from a tangy fortified wine to a refreshingly dry Australian rosé and a bargain bin riesling.

Numbered from top-bottom and left to right;

1. SUPER SWEETIE

2015 Oakdene Late Harvest Riesling, Geelong, Vic, $23

Don't let the very pale, innocent appearance fool you - this deliciously sweet late-harvest riesling is full of flavour and character. Fine, floral, almost sherbety perfume leads on to super-ripe, fat yellow fruit finessed by zingy acidity.

oakdene.com.au

2. GREY FOX

2015 Foxey's Hangout Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula, Vic, $28

Over the past couple of decades the cool hills of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula have proved to be particularly well suited to producing rich and savoury, spicy and nectarine-fruity, ripe and textural pinot gris such as this one. Terrine, please.

foxeys-hangout.com.au

3. SUPER SPICE

2014 Riversdale Estate Musca Syrah, Coal River, Tas, $57

From a vineyard just outside Hobart, this is cool-climate shiraz at its most thrillingly spicy and refined. Intensely attractive aromas of black pepper and clove lead to a mouthful of juicy wild blackberries and slinky tannin. Gorgeous.

riversdaleestate.com.au

4. MODERN CLASSIC

2015 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District, NSW, $120

I have been following this wine since its first vintage back in the early 1990s, and I think this might be the best yet: all the entrancing spicy perfume and elegance you'd expect, but with unusual depth and a thrillingly grounded sense of place.

clonakilla.com.au

5. GIN SPIRIT

Shene Estate Poltergeist Unfiltered Gin, Pontville, Tas, $85

Distilled in a renovated barn on a colonial estate north of Hobart that dates back to the 1840s, this unfiltered gin is bursting with complex botanical aromas of herbs, citrus and juniper, and has a lovely satisfying richness on the tongue.

shene.com.au

6. WILD THING

2015 Basket Range Wines Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, SA, $32

From one of the original vineyards planted in this forest-fringed corner of the Adelaide Hills comes a pinot that perfectly captures its terroir: wild undergrowth aromas, sappy black-cherry fruit, some gently grippy, dusty tannin.

basketrangewine.com.au

7. BARGAIN RIESLING

2016 Alkoomi White Label Riesling, Frankland River, WA, $15

This is a mad price for a good estate-grown riesling: with fresh apple and citrus aromas and lively acidity on the tongue, it's fine, moreish and even destined to develop a bit more complexity over 10 years in the cellar. All for 15 bucks.

alkoomiwines.com.au

8. UNIQUE LIQUEUR

Hardys Rare Liqueur Sauvignon Blanc, McLaren Vale, SA, $100

The winemakers at Hardys think this luscious, tangy fortified wine may be the only one of its kind made from sauvignon blanc grapes in the world. It tastes stunning, like a cross between very old muscat and Madeira.

hardyswines.com

9. WHITE SATIN

2015 Yalumba Roussanne, Eden Valley, SA, $24

Having proved their mastery of the aromatic white grape viognier, Yalumba have turned their attention to its Rhône relative, roussanne, with delicious results: delicate perfume of white flowers and green apple, lovely richness on the tongue.

yalumba.com

10. PALE BELLE

2016 Hewitson Belle Ville Rosé, Barossa Valley, SA, $23

Another addition to the growing list of refreshing, pale, dry Australian rosés: grenache and cinsault grapes picked early (it's just 12.5 per cent alcohol) produce a gently perfumed wine with crunchy fruit and a savoury finish.

hewitson.com.au

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