For the unseasoned host, or just those who move in particularly fastidious social circles, planning a dinner party can be pretty anxiety ridden. The instruction leaflet – should hosting come with such a practical tool – would probably list the side effects as stress-induced sweats, prolonged bouts of temple-rubbing and regular spells of deep regret at ever having voiced the idea of mixing socialising with food preparation in the first place.
A mouthwatering and proudly fruity Syrah based wine from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. It's got lots of blackberry fruit in the nose and mouth, and a good measure of cracked black pepper character - typical of Syrah (Shiraz) grown in a more temperate climate. A small inclusion of the white variety Viognier gives the wine beautiful, slightly floral perfume.