How to: Summer Entertaining

Summer is all about planning delightful gatherings with your friends and family! It's the season to savour those sun-drenched, extended days. Whether it's a refreshing brunch, a leisurely lunch, or a cocktail-filled afternoon, these summer entertaining ideas will keep you busy throughout the season, all from the comfort of your backyard.

A Dreamy Cheese Board

Grazing through the afternoon is a perfect way to catch up with friends. Curate a dreamy cheeseboard featuring some of our favourite local products.

·      Milawa Cheese Co. King River Gold: This soft cow's milk cheese is a delicious introduction to the washed rind style.

·      Gooramada Olives: Sourced from the Gooramada Estate olive grove, marinated olives and oils with dukkah are ready to enjoy.

·      Riverina Grove Pickled Onions: These pickled onions, infused with chilli and spice, make a perfect pairing for sharp cheddar cheese.

·      Rolada Fig & Walnut: These rolls of decadent condensed dried fruit, made with prunes, honey, figs, and walnuts, beautifully complement the saltiness of the cheese on your platter.

It’s A Ruby Coloured Summer

Take your summer sipping on a journey with the all-new 23 St Leonards Vineyard Ruby.Pop it in the fridge and serve at 4 pm alongside a grazing platter laden with prosciutto, salami, and fatty meat to cut through the acid in the wine,or simply enjoy it on its own during an afternoon of laughter with friends.

Ruby is made from 100% Ruby Cabernet and is a young, fresh, soft and medium-weighted red wine made for chilling. Confected raspberry is the primary flavour, the perfect addition to a long-lunch-turned-dinner in the balmy weather.

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Cooking by Fire

Take advantage of those long, warm summer evenings and dust off the BBQ you've neglected all winter. For effortless outdoor entertaining, explore theFancy Hanksrange of BBQ marinades, salt rubs, and sauces. Our personal favourites, the Original BBQ Sauce or the Jalapeno & Peach Hot Sauce add a unique kick to grilled delights like a delicious summer lamb or eggplant.

Garden Grazing

Summer calls for a vibrant garden party with friends and delightful floral table decor. Sunflowers, poppies, and daisies are in full bloom, and the scent of lavender sets a welcoming atmosphere. Alternatively, one of our favourite suppliers of blooms is a short trip away in Albury,The Real Floristwill curate picturesque bouquets to leave you in awe.

Pop on some tunes, try‘The Picnic List’on Spotify and have the fairy lights ready to twinkle once the sun starts to set.

For your spread, make a stop at Project 49 in Beechworth. A one-stop-shop for all things uniquely sourced, local and delicious. With each item crafted by small-scale producers, farmers and friends of the area - you will rest assured each piece in your hand has come from thoughtful beginnings.

No soiree is complete without a glass of bubbles, so serve theNV All Saints Estate Excentrique Sparkling(new vintage coming soon), known for its creamy texture and delightful green apple and citrus notes with a dry finish, making it the perfect choice for a soiree with your closest friends.

Find more wines in ourWine Shopand get your summer sipping started. To know more about when we post to The Vineyard,subscribeto House of Wine today.