Party season hack #1: outsource your afternoon grazing platter

Our endeavour this summer is to make hosting duties as simple as possible. Here to help us do this is Brancott Estate Letter Series, a stellar collection of single-vineyard wines that are perfect for entertaining. Sourced from Marlborough’s top-performing vineyards, each is designed to showcase the distinct flavours of the region.

Party hack: Let the good people behind the aptly titled Platter and Graze (www.platterandgraze.com) service do all the painstaking work when it comes to arranging a smorgasbord of delights this summer. Well, why wouldn’t you when the result is one that makes jaws hit the floor? Anchored by cured meats, charcuterie, fruit, berries and fresh bread, the many elements of each spread makes them both awe-inspiring to look at and crowd-pleasing to devour.

Wine match: Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘T’ Pinot Noir 2016. Velvety on the palate, this soft-edged pinot will bring out everything from the sweetness in the strawberries, to the finer nuances of your charcuterie thanks to its pleasing earthiness.

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