Yvonne’s picks …

(Moroccan Eggy Sausages)
Askerne Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2018 ($22)

Get the biggest, most swirlable glass you’ve got and launch into these meaty treats while glugging this ripe, saucy, berry-driven, flavour-crammed cabernet franc. Licked with smoke, pepper and drenched in dark plum and currant flavours, it’s a smooth, plush, fleshy red that will warm the cockles and shiver the timbers in spicy fashion.

(Chicken and Ginger Dumpling Bowl)
Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Marlborough Rosé ($21)

Crafted from a smorgasbord of red and white grapes grown in four different vineyards across Marlborough’s Southern Valley’s sub-region, this ridiculously pretty, peachy pink, morganite-coloured rosé is snappy-dry and saturated in watermelon, wild raspberry, citrus peel punchiness on the palate. It washes across the ginger, anise and chilli flavours in these dumplings deliciously.

(Spicy Bean and Kale Soup)
Main Divide Waipara Pinot Noir 2019 ($22)

If I had 10 bucks for every time I’d bought a bottle of wine along to enjoy with a spicy sausage hotpot … wait, that actually sounds a touch grubby. What’s completely clean however is Annabel’s rib-sticking, meaty soup with a large goblet of this cherry-stacked, smoky, Southern spice-fest. Pour it, swirl it for a minute and you’ll see it opens up in the glass beautifully. In fact, if you’re disciplined enough to leave some in the bottle overnight, it’s even more delicious the next day.

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