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Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

Sleep in a Grampians olive grove this autumn

Under Sky are popping up with a luxe camping hotel experience at Mount Zero Olives this April.

Top drops: August

From an extra hoppy IPA to a nicely bitter Australian vermouth, these are the drops that are getting us through that final winter month.

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1. NEW HUNTER

2015 Domaine de Binet Pinot Grigio, Hunter Valley, NSW, $28

This is made in a "ramato" style, which means the pinot grigio grapes spend some time on skins to give the wine a bronze tint. I also really like the bold flavours of the 2014 Domaine de Binet Petit Verdot ($28).

domainedebinet.com.au

2. JUICY PINOT

2014 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir, Huon Valley, Tas, $48

The Huon Valley, south-west of Hobart, is about as marginal as it gets for cool-climate viticulture, but on a good site in a good year pinot noir seems to love it here: this has the most gorgeous succulent dark cherry fruit. Seductive stuff.

sailorseekshorse.com.au

3. GORGEOUS GRENACHE

2014 Eperosa Stonegarden Grenache, Eden Valley, SA, $80

You can still find lots of big, thick grenaches in the Barossa, but they're being eclipsed by a new wave of prettier, sprightlier, more elegant expressions of the grape. This one, made from very old vines, is a terrific example of the new style.

eperosa.com.au

4. OLD FAITHFUL

2013 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon, Nagambie Lakes, Vic, $21

If you like traditional Aussie reds - by which I mean earthy, well-priced, darkly ferruginous wines that age well for years - buy a case of this superb example. And a case of the also-great 2013 Tahbilk Shiraz (also $21-ish).

tahbilk.com.au

5. SERIOUS WHITE

2015 LAS Vino Chardonnay, Margaret River, WA, $65

Many of the wines in the LAS Vino range are on the alternative side (eg a creamy "albino" pinot, and a robust mashup of Portuguese red grapes called Pirate Blend) but this is classic chardonnay: complex, textural, satisfying.

lasvino.com

6. CELLAR-WARRA

2014 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, SA, $27

At a recent tasting of Bowen Estate reds going back to the first vintage in 1975, I was struck by how well the cabernet ages. I reckon this dark, violetty, firm young wine will mature every bit as well as the great 2006, 1996 and 1980 vintages.
bowenestate.com.au

7. GREEK CLASSIC

2012 Kir Yianni Kali Riza, Amyndeon, Greece, $35

I love the Greek xinomavro grape, with its deep well of perfumed forest fruit and super-savoury tannic rasp; I love how it goes so well with grilled lamb. This is a particularly fine, well-balanced and charming example from a top producer.
Imported by douglaslambwines.com.au

8. HOP HEAVEN

Wolf of the Willows XPA, Cheltenham, Vic, $6 for 330ml

The "X" in the name means "extra" - more hops than you'd find in a regular IPA - but the beer is also extra-pale in colour and body. So, despite the "X" factor of all that perfumed hoppiness, it's beautifully balanced and eminently drinkable.
wolfofthewillows.com.au

9. BITTER SWEET

Margan Off-Dry Vermouth, Hunter Valley, NSW, $50

An excellent new addition to Australia's small but growing list of locally made vermouths. This nicely bitter, wonderfully fragrant version is based on sémillon, infused with two dozen or so botanicals, most of which are estate-grown.
margan.com.au

10. RED ELEGANCE

2012 Golden Ball Gallice,Beechworth, Vic, $55

Regular readers know my penchant for classic "clarets": elegant, mediumbodied, firm and grippy cabernet blends. Well, here's another one, an absolute cracker from Beechworth: fine, intense, blackcurranty, multilayered, long. Lovely.
goldenball.com.au

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