Party season hack #2: organise a private chef to come to you

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: MasterChef alumnus Anthony Price (www.privatefinedining.co.nz) has been going from strength to strength in the dining realm, carving out a name for his impeccable, privately prepared cuisine. A well-kept secret between New Zealanders far and wide, who tend to fly the Auckland-based chef around the country at whim, Price is an integral part of any dinner party, not only for his skill but also his upbeat personality. Here, the maestro prepares crispy skin John Dory with seared scampi, broccoli purée, fennel, Brussels sprouts and leek. Book him in for the benefit of a sophisticated, at-home soirée.

Wine match: In this instance, we’re calling upon Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘F’ Pinot Gris 2016. A well-balanced fusion of pear, rockmelon and apples, this textural pinot gris will underscore the white fish and seafood we love to devour over summer with its complex, fruity palate.

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