Published on 4 November 2020
The last three delicious things I drank were Louis Roederer Vintage Rosé 2013, a Brady's Lookout Premium 2017 Vintage Cider, and a Race Day Pilsner from St Andrews Beach Brewery.
As far as I’m concerned, the defining place to get a drink in Melbourne is Bar Carolina. The service is as good as being in Europe and it's charming and cosy but vibrant and lively. And I can't wait to get back there soon.
When someone hands me a wine list in a restaurant, I go straight to the sparkling section!
The Victorian spirit I’m loving most right now is people's willingness to follow the rules, even though it's difficult, knowing it's for the good cause of getting us back on track sooner.
There’s no better value on wine list or in a bottle-shop in this state than Sabre from Mitchell Harris wines.
My favourite place to buy booze is Fizztopia, of course.
I’d love to see us fermenting more cider in Victoria. We have the right climate for growing, and a couple of fantastic producers, but it seems to be a bit of a dying art. I fear some 'quick fix' drinks are taking too much attention. The production of real cider is really an art.
My guilty pleasure in the drinks cabinet or at the bar is whisky. It's a secret love and I'm a big, smoky, peaty Scottish whisky drinker.
The best or most important change to the way we drink in Victoria in recent years has been about drinking less, but drinking better. People seeking quality and craftsmanship in their booze and enjoying what small, artisanal producers are creating.
Visit Fizztopia to fill your fridge with all things that fizz, with nation-wide delivery and free standard shipping on orders over $120. You can also see the latest fizz offerings over on @fizztopiaworld, and keep up with the Dame at @thechampagnedame.
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