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Douglas Elder’s Chicken Cacciatore

Brown Brothers Executive Chef Douglas Elder has a great recipe for Chicken Cacciatore for you to make at home. “I love cooking this style of food during winter. Slow cooked, just one pot, hearty fare, cook it, serve it with some wet polenta, and you are in heaven on a cold night,” he says. “Any leftovers keep well for days and can be frozen.”

Read his From the Kitchen Blog for more tips on how to get the most from this dish.

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Lemon & Sage Roast Chicken

Baker and Creator Cassy Morris of Fig & Salt has shared her recipe for this delicious roast chicken with us. It’s just perfect for a cosy night in. Enjoy this with Brown Brothers 18 Eighty Nine Chardonnay.  To see more of her delicious food follow @figandsalt on Instagram.

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Cienna Cupcakes

Give your cupcakes a grown-up twist with a touch of Cienna and serve them for afternoon tea on the weekend.

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Soft Gingerbread Cake

Ironchef Shellie created this gorgeous Soft Gingerbread Cake for our Christmas in July mid-winter feast. Enjoy it with a Brown Brothers Moscato or with a glass of Orange Muscat and Flora. Visit www.ironchefshellie.com for more recipes.

Photograph: Ewen Bell.

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Ginger Scallops

Here’s the perfect starter for a Christmas in July feast thanks to photographer and food stylist Iron Chef Shellie. Pair it with your favourite Brown Brothers sparkling wine to get our party off to a good start.

For more recipes from Iron Chef Shellie visit www.ironchefshellie.com

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Jazz apple tart

Here’s a romantic mid-week treat from photographer and food blogger Ironchef Shellie. The apple season is in full swing and this delicious apple tart is just the thing to serve with a glass of Moscato Gold. For more recipes head to www.ironchefshellie.com.

Tip: If you have a Thermomix, Shellie has the Thermomix recipe for the pastry cream on her blog.

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Cowboy Brownies

We have the recipe for these wicked brownies thanks to food blogger and photographer Ironchef Shellie. Enjoy these with Cienna or Dolcetto & Syrah.

For more recipes head to www.ironchefsellie.com

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Balinese Pork Noodles

Here’s another delicious dish from photographer and blogger Iron Chef Shellie. It’s easy to whip up for dinner mid-week and have leftovers for lunch the next day. Enjoy this with Brown Brothers Crouchen Riesling which will complement the spices. For more recipes visit www.ironchefshellie.com

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Yoghurt & Aussie Grape Loaf

Now this is our kind of cake –  full of Aussie grapes like our wines. Photographer and food blogger Iron Chef Shellie has kindly agreed to share her amazing recipes with us and this Yoghurt & Aussie Grape Loaf is just the thing to enjoy with a glass of Brown Brothers Moscato & Sauvignon Blanc.

For more of Shellie’s recipes and photos visit her blog: www.ironchefshellie.com.

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Dark Empress

With autumn our thoughts turn to red wine and nights at home. This Dark Empress wine cocktail  is just the thing for a night in.

*Flip it for a sweet treat: Substitute Cienna for Merlot!

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Cedar-planked Salmon

This recipe from Craig Will at Stillwater restaurant in Launceston uses a cedar smoking technique to bring together warm yet irresistibly zesty flavours. A show stopper when entertaining, this dish can be cut to smaller pieces as hors d’oeuvres or larger pieces for the main event at your dinner party. Thanks to Huon Aquaculture for sharing the recipe and photograph.

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Kir Royale

Kir Royale is an excellent Prosecco cocktail to enjoy as you say goodbye to summer.

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Chocolate Bavarois

This Chocolate Bavarois with macerated strawberries and honey syrup is an excellent dessert to make ahead for a weekend celebration. Enjoy it with our Orange Muscat & Flora and colourful conversation. The dessert wine has a good helping of natural grape sugar that balances the strawberries and complements the honey syrup. The acidity on the finish gives alight and delicate cleanness leaving you wanting more.

Tip: As an alternative, set the bavarois in serving glasses to achieve the same two-tone effect.

Photograph courtesy of  Sharyn Cairns

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Bellini

This classic cocktail is always a favourite. Make it with Brown Brothers Prosecco King Valley NV for a refreshing start to a meal.

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Sweet Orange Splice

Here’s the perfect colourful summer dessert to make with Moscato. You can buy blood orange sorbet or make your own with this recipe below (substitute ordinary orange juice if blood oranges are not in season).

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Pineapple Upside-down Cake

What could be more genuinely Australian than Patricia Brown’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake? Serve it with a glass of Patricia Noble Riesling or go retro with a glass of fruity Brown Brothers Lexia.

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The Rose

This beautiful Prosecco cocktail is light and refreshing. A great way to start a festive brunch.

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Mini Pavlovas

Our competition winner Gina Katsoulis shared her recipe for these mini pavlovas. She says: “Nothing fancy but my favourite is making QUICK and EASY dark chocolate/mixed berries mini pavlovas, something everyone can make and guaranteed to be loved by all.” Enjoy them with Brown Brothers Cienna or Cienna Rosso.

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The Botanical

This is the prettiest wine cocktail we’ve seen for a long time. Enjoy it with friends and colourful conversations.

*You can buy lavender syrup in the cocktail section of bottleshops.

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Cienna Cosmo

We’re in the mood for Festive Season celebrations and this Cienna Cosmo is just the thing to get the party going.

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Fig and Salt’s Cheese Platter

A perfect platter for lunch or dinner on the weekend – it’s quick to put together which means more time sharing wine and colourful conversations with friends and family. Cass Morris from Fig and Salt shared her tips for a great cheese platter.

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Katherine Sabbath’s Persian Love Cake

It is told that the ancient tale behind this enchanting cake began as a romantic gesture baked for a Persian prince and now serves as a symbol of undying love. Filled with classic aromatic Persian flavours, it is almost impossible to resist being enamoured with this exquisite creation. The delicate flavour of rose water and tanginess of the rose cheesecake filling is complemented by the satisfying crunch of crushed pistachios and meringue, while the layers of spiced caramel mud cake are deliciously sticky and add a subtle nuttiness of almond meal. Adorned with sweet, plump figs and striking rose petals, this cake is sure to win hearts!

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Steamed Mussels

In Australia we are extremely lucky to have access to fresh seafood on a daily basis and simple steamed mussels are great for sharing with a group of friends or family. They are delicious, good for you and quick and easy to prepare.

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Prosecco Scones

This is the perfect recipe for a romantic picnic or summer brunch. This recipe was kindly supplied to Brown Brothers by Tom Walton, Chef at Bondi’s The Bucket List.

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Gluhwein

Whether the occasion is après ski, Christmas in July or a bonfire when camping in the bush, Gluhwein is simply joy in a glass. We think our Cienna makes the perfect blend. Enjoy!

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Braised Beef and Mushroom Pie

There’s nothing as genuinely Australian as a meat pie and the best is homemade with good chuck steak. This is the perfect dinner for two – use our trophy-winning 2013 Brown Brothers 18 Eighty Nine Shiraz  to make this recipe and then enjoy a glass each with the pie.

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Tuna and Oyster salad

Perfect for a summer lunch or to kick off a dinner party, this tuna and oyster salad is best enjoyed with a glass of Brown Brothers Cellar Door Release Half-Dry Riesling.

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Lamb chops scottadito

Lamb is an all-time Australian favourite and we like ours with an Italian twist. Scottadito” translates as ‘finger burning’ in Italian, meaning these grilled chops are so good that you want to eat them straight off the barbecue.

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Crouchen Fruit Punch

This fruit punch is no retro party drink but a delicious, light delight perfect for sharing with friends and family at summer gatherings and parties. Mint and blueberries take this holiday tipple to a new level.

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