Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Perfect for a barbecue party

Distinctive and flavour packed, these wines would add class to a barbecue party. Find them via

Sigalas Asirtiko-Athiri 2010
$16.95 (89 Points)
Domaine Sigalas is my favourite producer for white wine in Greece. This blend of 75% asirtiko grape with the rest athiri has an aromatic bouquet. Firm and structured with an intense, dry minerality, ripe fruit concentration and refreshing acidity, it carries its higher alcohol (14.2%) well. Ideal with grilled fish and seafood dishes.

Artesa Chardonnay 2010
$23.95 (90 Points)
This Carneros appellation California chardonnay has a touch (2%) of sauvignon blanc, albariño and pinot blanc in the final blend to add richness and aromas. Fermented and aged 70% in French oak, the rest in stainless steel, it has a slightly toasty nose and well integrated oak. Sleek and complex with tangy fruit and vanilla, tropical overtones, it’s generous yet elegant on the palate.

Tahbilk Shiraz 2008
$20.95 (90 Points)
Established in 1860 in Nagambie Lakes in Central Victoria, this winery is one of Australia’s most historic, with some 200 hectares under vine. This plush red, matured in French oak for 18 months, is velvety and fruit driven with full-on ripe berry, purple plum and spice flavours. Fine tannins give it good structure and a lingering finish. Have with barbecued steak or bison.