top 5s


Top 5 wines to celebrate new beginnings… … …
  1. Bollinger La Grande Annee  (FR)
  2. Chateau de Sales Pomeroy (FR)
  3. Charles Melton Voices of Angels (AUST)
  4. Arras NV Sparkling (AUST)
  5. Clos du Val Chardonnay (USA)


Top 5 wines for reuniting with friends … … …

  1. Rosé! Whatever your favourite is …
  2. La Spinetta Langhe Bianco (IT)
  3. Wirra Wirra Church Block (AUST)
  4. Devil’s Corner Sparkling NV (AUST)


Top 5 wines for that camping trip … … …

  1. Winesmiths Tempranillo bag in box
  2. Stella Bella Skuttlebutt  Rose
  3. Yalumba Christobel White
  4. Penny’s Hill The Handshake Chardonnay
  5. a bottle of whisky for sitting around the campfire


Top 5 wines for celebrating that new house … … …

  1. Ayala NV Zero Dosage (FR)
  2. Henschke NV Blanc de Noir (AUST)
  3. Passagem Red or Reserve Red if you can swing it (PT)
  4. Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blanc (USA)
  5. Voyager Estate Chardonnay (AUST)


Top 5 wines for that quiet night in … … …

  1. Philip Shaw The Idiot (AUST)
  2. Conterno Fantino Dolcetto d’Alba Bricco Bastia (IT)
  3. William Hardy Shiraz (AUST)
  4. Lamont Bendigo Pinot Noir (NZ)
  5. Logan Weemala Riesling (AUST)


Top 5 wines for celebrating your new promotion … … …

  1. Pizzini Nebbiolo (AUST)
  2. Bollinger La Grande Annee ‘00 (FR)
  3. Peregrine Pinot Noir (NZ)
  4. A cellar release Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon (AUST)
  5. Gramercy Cellars Washington Syrah (USA)


Top 5 wines that Dad’s really want … … …

  1. Peter Lehmann Stonewell 2008 (AUST)
  2. Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel (USA)
  3. Yering Station Chardonnay (AUST)
  4. Fonseca LBV Unfiltered Port (PT)
  5. Bollinger Brut Sous Bois (FR)



Top 5 wines for a Royal Wedding Dinner … … …


  1. Billecart Salmon NV Rose
  2. Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz
  3. Domaine A Lady A  Sauvignon Blanc
  4. Marchand & Burch Mt Barrow Pinot Noir
  5. Royal Tokaji Aszu ’05 or older 6 Puttonyos (the wine of kings!)


Top 5 wines for coping with the first day of Kindergarten … … …
  1. Anything with Champagne on the label… because you need it!
  2. Just a ‘small’ glass of Pinot Grigio like Climbing PG
  3. La Boheme Dry Rose
  4. Taylor’s/Wakefield Tempranillo
  5. Jim Barry Riesling
  6. Earthworks Shiraz (soft, rich & fruity)


Top 5 wines for sharing the Holidays with best friends … … …
  1. Elderflower fizz – preferably homemade of course!
  2. Gonzalez Byass Noe PX for dessert (forget any puddings! just drink this)
  3. Mt Avoca NV Jack Barry Sparkling Shiraz
  4. Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir
  5. Lakes Folly Cabernet



Top 5 wines for that first  BBQ of the season… … …
  1. Pimms!!! lots of it & don’t hold back the cucumber, mint & lime
  2. Krinklewood Wild White
  3. Zappa Wines 09 Barbera
  4. Grant Burge  NV Pinot Noir Chardonnay fizz
  5. Chalk Hill Sangiovese


Top 5 wines for celebrating 40! … … …
  1. Let’s face it, any Champagne is welcome at the top of this list!
  2. Petaluma Hanlon Hill Riesling (a back vintage) or Eroica Riesling (USA) (any vintage)
  3. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier (AUST)
  4. Maison Roche de Bellene, Les Referts 07 Puligny-Montrachet (FR)
  5. Yarra Yerring Dry Red No.1 (AUST)
Top 5 wines for spoiling the most specialest mum in your life on Mother’s Day … … …
  1. A VERY big glass of whatever while you cook her dinner!!!
  2. Wine by Brad Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (for the cheeky mum)
  3. Dowie Dooley G&T (AUST)
  4. Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Chardonnay
  5. Houghton Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (AUST)


Top 5 wines for serving at 4 yr old’s birthday party (for the parents obviously!) … … …
  1. Cloverhill Vintage Sparkling (you are going to need it by the end of the day!)
  2. Tahbilk Marsanne
  3. Jacobs Creek Reserve NV Sparkling
  4. Rob Dolan Rose
  5. Katnook Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

NOTE: does not encourage any alcohol to be served to minors in any circumstance and advises that alcohol should only be consumed in moderation.


Top 5 wines to drink with Easter eggs….. … …
  1. Domaine Chandon NV Cuvee Riche (forget the egg, this is a sweet treat in itself!)
  2. Piggs Peake Suckling Pig Zinfandel
  3. Morris Liqueur Tokay
  4. Majella Sparkling Shiraz
  5. Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz (want the chocolate without the egg alternative!)



Top 5 wines for Mardi Gras … …
  1. Peterson’s Sparkling Moscato (from cellar door but perfectly sized for Mardi Gras)
  2. Girl Talk Savagnin (nice alternative to Savvy Blanc)
  3. Wine by Brad Sauvignon Blanc
  4. Chandon NV Sparkling Rose
  5. Founders Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2007



Top 5 wines to say ‘I love you!’ for the very first time … …
  1. Billecart Salmon NV Rose (overlooking a wonderful view watching the sunset…)
  2. Rymill MC2 to take to dinner
  3. Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Shiraz (SAf) (Not quite as fattening!)
  4. Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
  5. a hedonistically rich Liqueur Muscat from the Rutherglen to go with that divine chocolate dessert.



Top 5 wines for seeing in the New Year …..
  1. Krug (if you can stretch the budget … only the best will do)
  2. Morris NV Sparkling Shiraz Durif
  3. Lindemans Pyrus
  4. Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling
  5. Zamphire for the sweeter tooth




Top 5 wines to bring to dinner at his/her parents….
  1. Seresin Pinot Noir (NZ) (to make a real impression if they are into wine!)
  2. Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon
  3. Majella Sparkling Shiraz
  4. Watershed Senses Viognier
  5. Sargent Gruaud Larose (FR) or Oak Cliffs Rogues Blend  (USA)



Top 5 wines to take to the beach for a picnic….
  1. Pick any dry Rosé you like
  2. Jacobs Creek Reserve Sparkling (AUST)
  3. O’leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling
  4. La Spinetta Moscato (IT)
  5. any chillable light red wine such as tarrango, lambrusco or an inexpensive Shiraz Grenache