01/03 2017

Pinot-Bloody-Noir: The Top 50 list of the grape winemakers love to hate

Pinot-Bloody-Noir: The Top 50 list of the grape winemakers love to hate

Pinot noir, bete noire. That about sums up the attitude of winemakers who ritually bemoan the behaviour of Burgundy’s famously fickle Black Grape. One small winemaker who submitted his produce to an Australian wine show this year even highlighted his frustrations with black pinot by naming his wine “BFL”. (Tip: it doesn’t stand for Best […]

13/02 2017

Valentines wines: Top 50 sparkling roses

Valentines wines: Top 50 sparkling roses

Better late than never. That’s the motto of a serially Just-In-Time romantic like us. The biggest day of the year for florists, chocolatiers and restaurateurs is almost upon us so we thought we’d better post a list of the Top 50 wines for lovers before it’s too late. That drink, of course, is sparkling rose. […]

21/01 2017

Australia Day: the Top 50 Great Australian Reds

Australia Day: the Top 50 Great Australian Reds

It’s that time of the year again. The Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation has aired its advertisement for Invasion Day (it couldn’t even bring itself to mention the nation’s anniversary as it navigated the shallow waters of racial sensitivity) and bogans everywhere are starting to plan their assault on Australia’s beaches on with flags fluttering […]

02/12 2016

Silly Season Sparklers: the Top 50

Silly Season Sparklers: the Top 50

The sounds of popping bottles are filling the air as the silly season approaches. Not to miss out, retailers and distributors also begin their annual race to the bottom to push sparkling wine and Champagne out the door before the hangover sets in. But which one to buy? For a start, don’t get misled into believing […]

17/11 2016

Vinloco Top 50: Sauvignon Blanc

Vinloco Top 50: Sauvignon Blanc

It’s Australia’s favourite summer wine…even though it mostly comes from across The Ditch. Sauvignon Blanc’s rise and rise in Australia became known to the local liquor trade as the “Sauvalanche” after the canny kiwis remodelled the grape into today’s fruit salad of passionfruit, gooseberry and pineapple. Australians haven’t been able to attract quite the same following for their […]

13/11 2016

Vinloco Top 50: pinot gris

Vinloco Top 50: pinot gris

You call it Pinot Grigio, I call it Pinot Gris…Well, wine buffs would say there’s a difference in style but it’s the same grape and it’s starting to turn the heads of people looking for change from their usual diet of sauvignon blanc or chardonnay. Pinot Gris/Grigio (let’s call it PG) is an odd class of […]

10/11 2016

Vinloco Top 50: cabernet sauvignon

Vinloco Top 50: cabernet sauvignon

The election is over and it’s time to drink. Heavily. What better way to forget glass ceilings than to fill a glass with one of Australia’s Top 50 cabernets sauvignon. We’ve perused 32,000 ratings from 47 shows to come up with our list. After sifting through 3000 ratings for this variety we bashed the keys on the calculator for days on […]

06/11 2016

Australia’s Top 50 cabernet sauvignons: coming soon

Australia’s Top 50 cabernet sauvignons: coming soon

After popular demand – well, one request really – we’ve decided our next list will be the noblest of grapes: cabernet sauvignon. But this Top 50 list won’t be about the winner; it will all be about who came second. And third and fourth. That’s because there wouldn’t be a bookie in town offering odds […]

01/11 2016

In the pink: Australia’s Top 50 rose wines

In the pink: Australia’s Top 50 rose wines

Pink drinks are in. Rose is Australia’s fastest growing category. You’ll pay at least 30% more for a coloured sparkler than its white sibling but even tough guys are going weak at the knees for a glass of fresh rose. We’ve nearly reached the end of our season harvesting wine show scores with more than 32,000 ratings […]

21/10 2016

3000 chardonnays later, here are the Top 50 so far

3000 chardonnays later, here are the Top 50 so far

We’re entering the last lap of the show season with more than 24,000 scores from 37 shows in our system as of last night. With just one major capital city show to report we started wondering who was heading for the top of the chardonnay heap in 2016. We isolated more than 3000 ratings for this variety and […]

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