Online booze store DRNKS launched in January and is all about natural, sustainable and organic wine, beer and sake, delivering all over Australia. With nearly two decades of vinous experience, Joel Amos is the wine brain behind the bottles. We chatted to him about wines worth a try this summer. It looks like Christmas Day drinking is covered.
IL BRUT AND THE BEAST
“This is what I spent all last summer drinking. It’s light, dry and has a hilarious label,” says Amos. The Brut and the Beast is a fresh, gentle Italian fizz. Available over the bar at 10 William Street and with dinner at Fratelli Paradiso, DRNKS also makes it possible to have this at home. This bottle of subtle bubbles is the one you’re going to open at 10am on Christmas day and wish you had more of.
2014 BIRD & FOX SAUVIGNON BLANC
Sauvignon blanc is a little out of fashion, but don’t worry, this one’s not just for your mum. Amos makes Bird & Fox in the Adelaide Hills with a friend, using a skin-contact technique that gives it a pineapple-like finish. It’s so refreshing you’ll want another mouthful pretty soon after the first. “I’m quite comfortable adding a couple of cubes of ice to this one and it’s pretty safe for smashing,” says Amos.
NV PAB LAMBRUSCO
This summer’s hero drink and Amos’ champion choice is PAB, an Australian lambrusco. Rampant in the ‘70s, this style of sparkling red is enjoying a revival. With a taste like sour-cherry beer, this is the drink you’re going to share with friends and wonder why you hadn’t tried it sooner. Amos recommends, “Cracking it open just before lunch for a wild-style Christmas day.”
CHIYO SHUZO SHINOMIE CHOKARA (SAKE)
Once enjoyed almost exclusively at Japanese restaurants, sake is beginning to make its way into a lot more fridges. This sake is brand new to Australia and if you’re new to sake, Amos recommends you try this one first. It’s crisp, balanced and made from organic rice. Sip between lunch and dinner.
OCHOTA BARRELS THE GREEN ROOM
“If there’s going to be a red you drink in summer, this is it,” says Amos. The Ochota Barrels grenache blend is light, fresh and after 15 minutes in the fridge, Bob’s your uncle. This is the wine you’re going to enjoy at dusk on Christmas day, right before that leg of ham.
2013 SI VINTNERS RED
This is a full-bodied red for your knowledgeable nose. It’s very good drinking from Margaret River and the perfect accompaniment to a second serving of Christmas pudding at midnight.