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SUMMER! Its arrival always spurs such warm feelings inside of us. There is something purely natural about how we feel when summer arrives. Nights get longer, lights seems lighter and the world seems to come alive under the welcoming rays of sunshine.

Last Friday night, From The Producer assembled a group of fond supporters to taste through our recommendations for some classic summer drinking #summerdrinking. We tasted through Gold Medal winners, James Halliday Top 100 wines, Vic 100 winners and a few we just love.

The wines we tasted are all available on From The Producer right now and are listed in order of appearance:

Sam Miranda Prosecco ($20) - Crisp, light (nearly effervescent) bubbly with plenty of personality. Vic 100 winner.

Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2016 ($13) - Lovely fresh, dry and full flavoured white wine, great for picnics. James Halliday Top 100 2016. Bargain of the night.

Tahbilk Marsanne 2015 ($17) - Citrus, spice and honeysuckle. A beautifully balanced food wine, perfect with a roast chicken picnic. James Halliday Top 100 2015.

Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ($24) - Like a guava to the face this is one very serious wine. 97 points and best Savvy of Show at the 2016 Melbourne Wine Show. BAM!

Deep Woods Harmony Rose 2016 ($15) - Dry and subtle with lovely wild strawberry nose. Take it on a date to the park! Gold Medal 2016 Melbourne Wine Show.

Athletes Of Wine Alto' Alto Field Blend 2016 ($27) - A wine for "drinking not thinking" as the boys from Athletes say. This one was served slightly chilled and is a perfect foil for a hot day when red wine is needed. Very popular on the night.

Payne's Rise "Mr Jed" Pinot Noir 2015 ($30) - A well structured Pinot really displaying both region and varietal characters quite perfectly.... without breaking the bank. Great with duck. Vic 100 winner.

Bream Creek Pinot Noir 2012 ($34) - A sensuous and alluring pinot. Darker fruits and a silky texture make this one slip down dangerously easily. Lots of bling including Gold at Melbourne Wine Show.

The Story Grampians Shiraz 2014 ($29) - Hailing from three great sites in the Grampians, I thought this wine was just GORGEOUS. Nice carry and great balance of spice and sweet blooded fruit. This is great now but will improve with a few years. Wine of the night - as voted by yours truly.

Fowles Wines ' Are you game' Shiraz 2013 ($17) - Thought this was going to get blown off the table by the Story Shiraz.... but it more than capably held its own. Absolutely astounding value. Just buy this and thank me each time you open a bottle. Gold @ 2015 Melbourne Wine Show

Pertaringa 'Undercover' Shiraz 2014 ($20) - Another great value wine, this one with more classic Aussie Shiraz styling. Still a very nicely balanced wine but true to its regional form (McLaren Vale) was a bigger, richer wine. Great with char grilled beef.

Grampians Estate 'Rutherford' Sparkling Shiraz 2013  - Made with fruit from a rescued block of very old vines in Great Western, this wine has a concentration and depth that only comes from very old vines. SUBLIME wine! People's choice wine of the night - as voted by how quickly it disappeared


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