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Where is Summer? Although we love a sun-kissed wine moment, this weather has us lighting a couple candles. Here are a few of our favourite drinks and not drinks for when the rain sets in.
What We're Drinking

Let’s be honest La Niña has set in. We’ve almost broken the all-time annual rainfall record for Australia.

With whites, nothing changes substantially with the wet. Yes we may want some richer and fatter ones, but there is always a place for a delicate, minerality driven white on the table.

Things like Battle Wines Blendaberg blend – delicious silky mouth filled with citrusy fruit flavour; blood orange, mandarin thing going on. On the same kind of wave length we really vibe the Azul Y Garanza Garnacha Blanca with its Chenin-esque with it’s peachy, honey nose and a sharp saline twang.

When we look at oranges, we want something that will match well with food because we’re mainly drinking in on those wet nights. A grippy, dry and tight skin contact wine will help cut through a lot of the fats of a richer meal and also suit both day-time and night affairs.

Ranchelle Roccolina ticks all those boxes with a citrus spring breeze feel to it.

On the reds front, we start to let go of the lighter almost raspberry cordial and move to those with more body, weight and let the tannins creep in a bit. Some of these can still do with a light chill if it is warmer. At the 12 degree mark. Here are our picks.

Hochkirch’s Pinot Noir is exceptional for a Spring red. Bight in colour but earthy, bright with red cherry fruit, with a deep mouth feel but the mid weight and persistent acid line keeps the wine fresh and alive.

James Erskine (Jauma) and Tom Shobbrook’s collab wine is also flying under the radar. A Grenache Shiraz moreish blend that is fresh and full of big fruity flavour. The boys say it stays open on the bench happily for a few days but we bet it wont last that long.

If it all gets a bit much – as always just head for the packs! Like this one here. We’ll be adding more and more wet ones to the collection over the next couple of weeks and they’ll always be made with weather in mind.

What We're Eating

If you’re not caring so much about the hot girl/boy rig in winter, then we think we have a pantry full of treats you’ll enjoy. It’s always tricky for us to store cheese and meats etc. but we basically cover every other front with some of Sydney’s best snacks.

Don’t feel like cooking? Same. We think Glorietta’s Pizzas are better than any we’ve had delivered as of late.

Did you know you can cook a gourmet pasta in 10 minutes? Just salt your water that’s coming to the boil, add this and then add to a hot pan with Simon Johnson’s sauce and then dabble a bit of this game changing spread.

Throw some sardines or anchovies on your pizza or cook off in your pasta base or just serve on crostata! Don’t forget them olives.

If you’re feeling a little savoury – try these chips. Seriously. Best we’ve ever had.

Tony’s Chocolonely are having a bit of a moment right now and for a good reason.

What We're Listening To

Perhaps the most important question – what music are we putting on? Jun has curated a playlist of his favourite tunes for embracing more soggy days. He says that although the tracks are from all over the world, they all share this energetic, lively essence that will fill any room or home with warmth.

Listen here.

We’ve also got a little bit of techno and disco too if that’s your thing. X

What We're Smelling

Last step. What are we smelling? Shani down the coast at Geelong, Victoria is all about positive, healthy daily rituals with Happy Society, and we’re for it. Natural fragrances and herbal blends, expect warm, herbaceous, and earthy notes to soothe your body and mind.

If you want some table styling direction, check out the fruits and veggies by Nonna’s Grocer. Dining table appropriate candles that will elevate any gathering really.

We also can’t get enough of the scents from our friends over at Maison Balzac. Actually, our office currently smells like the ‘La Chapelle’ incense! At home, though, we recommend either a set of 4 Chandelles on top of some linen for your dining table or the Le Rêve Candle, which may look like an ordinary candle but smells ethereal. Musk and Moroccan cedarwood with gentle floral notes of jasmine and rose.  A green rosemary-filled fragrance and the wooden notes of juniper berry complete the beauty of this sweet fennel accord.