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The Best Wines to Celebrate Melbourne Cup

The Best Wines To Celebrate Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup is undoubtedly one of the biggest and flashiest events of the year! Superb fashion, exquisite venues, delicious food and amazing Champagnes dominate the annual occasion. In saying that, is it essential to drink French Champagne on Melbourne Cup Day 2018? Or are there other great wine choices for this celebratory day?

Wine Selectors’ Tasting Panel expert, Adam Walls has provided a list of must-drink wines for Spring Racing Carnival, and there’s not a Champagne in sight! From a trusty Sauvignon Blanc to a hearty Pinot Noir, these varietals are just as fancy as their bubbly counterpart.  



Adam: ‘Prosecco seems to embody the feeling of spring in the air. It’s all about brightness and energy and is so very easy to sip. Perfect also mixed in cocktails like a spritz!’

Perfect match: Gapsted High Country Sparkling Prosecco NV

Sparkling Wine


Adam: ‘No other wine style says celebration like Champagne. However, forget the French bubbles for a moment and sip some fine Australian Sparkling and see why we are creating waves across the globe!’

Perfect match: Daosa Blanc de Blancs 2012

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blends


Adam: ‘With the warmth in the air, you need wines that offer refreshment. Blends of SBS give you a wave of fruit flavour and unmistakable refreshment. The two varieties proving to be the perfect complement to each other!’

Perfect match: Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012



Adam: ‘The perfect colour wine to sip in the sun. Let its vibrancy dazzle you and the dry and savoury nature of modern Australian Rosé tempt you into having another sip!’

Perfect match: Sherrah Grenache Rosé 2018

Pinot Noir


Adam: ‘Lighter weight red wines such as seductive Pinot Noir are the perfect foil for long lunches, trackside gatherings and back-to-back race days. Don’t be afraid to chill it either!’

Perfect match: Soumah Pinot Noir 2017

Two Blues Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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