Matt Skinner, the man who taught Jamie Oliver everything he knows about wine, has just joined First Choice Liquor and shares his top 5 tips on choosing wine for the Spring Racing Carnival and summer entertaining!

Tip #1: There are no right or wrongs when choosing wine, it’s all a matter of personal taste!

Start with some fresh, dry whites like Chardonnay and work your way through some plummy, rich Shiraz to determine which ones are your personal favourites. Australia has never produced the high quality of wine it is currently turning out. Visit www.1stchoice.com.au for a full rundown on all of the different varieties and flavours.

Tip #2: 1 in 4 Australians will be drinking sparkling wine, with white wine a hot favourite for this year’s Spring Racing season

White wines are the perfect pick for a spring dinner or to enjoy trackside at the races from a picnic cooler, so be sure to have these on hand.

Tip #3: This Spring Racing season Sauv Blanc will be popular, especially during the warmer months

As a variety, Sauvignon Blanc covers off a wide array of flavours including everything from gooseberry to passionfruit to blackcurrants, so if youre a sauvignon blanc fan keep experimenting until you find your favourite!

Tip #4: Chardonnay is a great drop to add to the trolley for Spring Racing season

Chardonnay is a great option to add to the trolley this spring. It’s become much more refined in recent years and pairs beautifully with a broad range of foods.

Tip #5 Experiment with different regions and varieties until you find something you like

According to the First Choice Liquor Spring Index, Pinot Gris and Pinto Grigio are the fastest growing wine category, which shows more Australians are willing to experiment. Make sure you give these a go!

Look for Matt’s Mixed Six, available at selected First Choice Liquor Stores across the country. The pack includes a selection of great value wine, personally chosen by Matt. The six wines are some of Matt’s current favourites and are there to make it easier to choose wine that everybody will enjoy drinking this spring.

What’s your favourite summer wine?