Drinking Victoria: Tamara Grischy

Published on 7 July 2021

Photo: Tamara Grischy, head of auctions at Langton's (credit James Broadway)

Your guide to what’s in the glass from the people in the trade.

Tamara Grischy is the head of auctions for Langton’s. A leader in an industry full of big characters, she presides over Australia's largest fine wine auction house and the Langton's Classification of Australian Wine. Grischy also owns the Silent Way wines and is a Woman of Inspiration award winner at the Australian Women in Wine Awards. 

The last three delicious things I drank were 2012 Wendouree Cabernet Malbec: I’ve been buying Wendouree wines from their mailing list for more than 22 years; the wines are beautiful, balanced and taste of where they are grown. It’s always a sad moment at my house when we reach the end of the bottle. Also a 2019 Oakridge Henk Vineyard Chardonnay: balance, purity of fruit, full of flavour and just delicious, really. And Curatif’s Toreador, a tequila-based cocktail in a can: bloody delicious.

As far as I’m concerned, the defining place to get a drink in Victoria is City Wine Shop. It has a great selection by the glass (Massolino Langhe neb, for instance) and plenty of yummy things to eat. I’m all about the classic schnitz and coleslaw.

When someone hands me a wine list in a restaurant, I get excited and start digging for hidden gems.

The Victorian spirit I’m loving most right now is Mount Towrong Mountain Gin, distilled around the corner from our house. I enjoy it very short: one shot with two shots of Strangelove Number 8 tonic on ice. High floral nose, lots of juniper.

There’s no better value on a wine list or in a bottle-shop in this state than Granite Hills Riesling. Consistently fantastic and such good value. 

My favourite place to buy booze is Prince Wine Store. Great selection, great people. Regular tasting events. The owners are always on the shop floor, and you know when you buy a wine you’re not familiar with that it won't disappoint. The team is always around to help, very knowledgeable and you can also pop into Bellota for a snack and a nice glass of something on the way out.

I’d love to see us planting/brewing/distilling more pinot noir in cold places in Victoria. We have the best climate, soils and aspect and the people to grow it.

My guilty pleasure in the fridge/drinks cabinet/at the bar is a Margarita with our homemade honey syrup. Yum.

The best or most important change to the way we drink in Victoria in recent years has been the explosion of fantastic regional restaurants and bars around the state. Think Macedon Ranges, Gippsland, Bendigo, Geelong. Midnight Starling in Kyneton and the Cosmopolitan Pub in Trentham are just a couple of my favourites.

For me, the most inspiring person in the Victorian drinks world is Dan Sims. He’s an innovator, always looking for different ways to bring drinks to consumers. And he's a great bloke too.


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