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With Spring in the air, outdoor dinner parties are on the agenda. Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering of friends, or you’re having your boss and their family over for a fancy meal, choosing the best wine is an essential part of planning the party.

For your party to go off without a hitch, you’ll need wines to serve before the meal (we recommend choosing a wine that would pair well with these delicious dips), during the meal, and after the meal. Here in Australia, we’re lucky to have access to some of the most delicious wine in the world. With the coming of the new season, that also means the coming of fresh spring bottles of wine to choose from.

If you’re looking for some great springtime wine recommendations for your dinner party, here are our five favourites of the season.

Five Spring Wines for Your Dinner Party

Hart & Hunter Twenty Six Rows Chardonnay: Winner of the best one-year-old chardonnay at the Hunter Valley Wine Show Awards, Hart & Hunter’s chardonnay is made in small batches from grapes picked early in the season to retain the ideal acidity for the creation of a truly beautiful wine.

Hart & Hunter Twenty Six Ros Chardonnay pairs well with fish, and salmon in particular. With lingering flavours of honey and creamy vanilla, this is a particularly versatile chardonnay that’s perfect for spring time dinner parties.

First Creek Wines Winemakers Reserve Semillon: Another winner at the Hunter Valley Wine Show Awards, this wine received the best current semillon award. This heavy and low-acid wine is perfect for serving before dinner, while your guests mingle and enjoy the appetisers you’ve prepared for them.

This wine goes particularly well with fresh veggies making it great to serve with vegetable platters and rich, creamy dips.

Hungerford Hill's Epic McLaren Vale Shiraz: Our favourite red wine for the season, Epic McLaren Vale Shiraz captures all the flavours of a traditional Hunter Valley shiraz. Hungerford Hill's Epic range is made up of highly concentrated single-vineyard wines and is matured in barriques of French and American oak. 

This shiraz pairs nicely with slow-cooked pork and other meats served with strongly flavoured sauces.

Silkman Wines Pinot Noir: Another winner at the 2017 Hunter Valley Wine Show, and another of our favourite red wines, this pinot noir has a strong aroma of cherries, raspberries and strawberries.

Silkman Wines’ Pinot Noir pairs well with meals featuring duck, pork or salmon.

Ridgeview Wines 2015 Moscato: This delicious dessert wine has a fruity palate, and the attractive aromas of peach, lychee and rose. It’s a great wine to serve after dinner as your guests mingle and socialise.

These are just a few of our favourite wines for spring. For even more wine pairing tips, dinner ideas and delicious recipes, be sue to subscribe to our newsletter.

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