Yvonne’s picks …
(Tuna Nicoise sandwich)
Pinot noir and tuna are like love and marriage even when they’re in a sandwich. So treat yourself to a large goblet of Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019 ($48) to celebrate its spectacular compatibility with salty, oily, Nicoise niceness. Slippery-smooth, spice-saturated and wildly aromatic, Kevin Judd’s new pinot noir is stacked with cherry, plum and tamarillo-tastic tension which adds classy balance to this crusty bite. I love it!
(Beef and rocket sandwiches)
Pair the peppery rocket and all the nostril-expanding horseradish in this sandwich with the sweet, dark, palate-whomp of the Workshop Brewing Obstruction Quad II (11.9 per cent abv 330ml $10). It’s a heavy-duty, unfiltered, Belgian Quadrupel, born from their “house yeast”, 66sixtus, that hoovered its way through cane and candy sugars and local smoked malts to create a muscular, cocoa, coffee and prune-edged brew. It’ll throw a thin film of yeast, so decant or pour it very carefully.
Fretting about what to sip as you roar through meaty mouthfuls of sauerkraut and Dijon mustard? The Monowai Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir Rosé 2020 ($25) has enough creaming soda, raspberry and cherry aromatics to calm your farm and enough generously dry, clean, berry-edged layers of flavour to wrap around the corned beef like a boss. Juicy, textural and a total triumph with this classic American sammie.