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The wines we're loving right now

Our top drops of the month as selected by our consummate wine expert Max Allen. He's included a sneaky vermouth and macadamia liqueur too.

By Max Allen
Ever wondered which wines Gourmet Traveller likes to kick back with at the end of the day? White, red or orange, here are our favourite wines of the month,

Our top drops for November

2018 Wines of Merritt Chenin Blanc, Margaret River, $40
2018 Wines of Merritt Chenin Blanc, Margaret River, $40
Delicious example of an underrated grape variety from an up-and-coming new winemaker. Perfect with simple fish dishes: grilled whiting, please. winesofmerritt.com.au
2017 Frey Trocken Riesling, Rheinhessen, $29
The 2017 vintage was a cracker in Germany, producing rieslings with uncommon vitality. This one is just gorgeously moreish. Imported by traversewines.com
Tuvè Vermouth Drapò Gran Riserva, Turin, $45
Tuvè Vermouth Drapò Gran Riserva, Turin, $45
All the vermouths from this top producer are good, but the barrique-aged Gran Riserva is outstanding: swirling, complex aromatics, wonderfully layered and exquisitely bitter. Imported by princewinestore.com.au
Brookie's Mac, Byron Bay, $65
Brookie's Mac, Byron Bay, $65
Brilliant new macadamia and wattleseed liqueur from the ever-inventive team at Cape Byron Distillery: lovely flavours of chocolate and coffee, great over ice with a squeeze of lime juice. capebyrondistillery.com
2018 First Drop Moderno Barbera, Adelaide Hills, $28
2018 First Drop Moderno Barbera, Adelaide Hills, $28
Good examples like this of the barbera grape have a lipsmacking juiciness and savoury undertow that makes them so good with gutsy Italian cooking. firstdropwines.com
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