07/07 2018

CTRL ALT DRNK. The Top 20 Alternative Reds

CTRL ALT DRNK. The Top 20 Alternative Reds

Alternative reds grabbed the spotlight in 2017 when a certain Victorian wine show (ok, maybe Melbourne) bestowed its highest honour on a grenache. Not bad for a grape that often gets relegated to the popular but critically patronised rose. Bring on the clowns! But grenache’s elevation wasn’t a one-off. Alternative reds were the highest-awarded red […]

27/06 2018

Strawberries & snowflakes: The Top 20 Red Blends

Strawberries & snowflakes: The Top 20 Red Blends

The winter solstice is here. Or was. The passage of the year’s shortest day leaves Australians to reconcile the impossible contrast of the season’s depths and the peak of the Queensland strawberry season. Can it really be winter when supermarkets are selling two punnets of sweet, red berries for $5? Go figure. Winter’s nadir also […]

14/06 2018

Everybody Loves Riesling: Australia and NZ’s Top 20 labels

Everybody Loves Riesling: Australia and NZ’s Top 20 labels

Riesling is the thinking person’s white wine. It can run the gamut from dry to sweet, metamorphoses with just a few years in the bottle and reflects Australia’s varied terroir like few other grapes. With so much on offer, it’s easy to see why riesling is the sweetheart of local wine judges. The variety topped […]

04/06 2018

Wine Form 2018: Vinloco’s new guide to the best wines in Australia and NZ

Wine Form 2018: Vinloco’s new guide to the best wines in Australia and NZ

Buy better wine and save money with the biggest listing of current-vintage wines in Australia and NZ. We’ve just published Australasian Wine Form 2018 – a 904 page book listing 41,000 wine show scores from Australian and NZ wine shows held in 2017. We’ve catalogued and ranked more than 13,000 wines with lists of top […]

25/01 2018

Cabernet Shiraz: the Classic Aussie blend’s Top 20

Cabernet Shiraz: the Classic Aussie blend’s Top 20

The pavlovas await their final decoration of kiwifruit and mango, servos around the country have been raided for every last bag of ice and lamb has tripled in price. It must be Australia Day. While minority politicians drum up some cheap publicity by questioning the legitimacy of the nation’s day off, millions of Australians are […]

20/12 2017

Twinkle, twinkle little stars: Australia’s best sparkling wines

Twinkle, twinkle little stars: Australia’s best sparkling wines

Christmas is so close we can smell it! The tree is up, the lights are twinkling and the supermarkets are starting to wonder if it’s not too early to start selling Hot Cross Buns. So, not a moment too soon, we name our list of Australia’s best sparkling wines. And we have a silly season […]

09/12 2017

Insider tips: 2017’s Top Riesling Contenders

Insider tips: 2017’s Top Riesling Contenders

Wait… is that a McLaren Vale label in our list of 2017’s top rieslings? Perhaps it’s a case of age before beauty but D’Arenberg’s 2010 Dry Dam Riesling breaks the mould of the Vale’s traditional strengths in warm climate reds to vie with more traditional regions for this year’s pick as Vinloco’s Top Riesling. After […]

29/11 2017

Insider Tips: Contenders for 2017’s Best Pinot Noir

Insider Tips: Contenders for 2017’s Best Pinot Noir

Which of these wines will take out Vinloco’s Top Pinot Noir for 2017? These are the likely contenders from the 41,000 wine show scores we’ve indexed this year. After a filtering our database to show gold medal winners – a good but not foolproof method of highlighting contenders – we’ve come up with the following […]

23/11 2017

Great Grey, Green, Gris-y Grigio: Australia’s Top 20 Pinot Gris wines

Great Grey, Green, Gris-y Grigio: Australia’s Top 20 Pinot Gris wines

Pinot gris is the grape critics love to hate. Well, certainly one venerable old critic, who despises the variety as an “empty vessel” compared with more deserving rivals such as semillon or Riesling. But there’s a lot to like about pinot noir’s more down-to-earth cousin. For one thing, its versatility makes it an easy match […]

08/11 2017

Savvy blancs: Australia’s Top 20 Sauvignon Blancs

Savvy blancs: Australia’s Top 20 Sauvignon Blancs

Love it or hate it, sauvignon blanc is Australia’s top choice white wine. Or any wine, actually. And the biggest sellers come from across the Ditch in what Australian winemakers bemoan as a Sauvalanche that engulfs local offerings. Luckily for them, Kiwi sauvvies struggle to make our lists thanks to a mathematical handicap arising from […]

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