Brunch with Bubbles!
We've always maintained that the very best way to enjoy our Australian wines, is with food. However, we've never set any rules around what time of day you should pair your meal with the perfect Australian wine...
So, now that you've caught up with all your family over the festive season, and you’re now making plans to finally catch up with all your friends over the coming weeks; we suggest aiming for brunch and bubbles at these incredible venues.
Okay, it may be out of our price range (once you factor in flights from Australia), but you simply cannot discuss brunch (especially brunch with a glass of bubbles), without mentioning Balthazar.
A SoHo institution, Balthazar has been the go-to spot for many a Manhattanite since they opened in 1997.
So if you do find yourself strolling around Lower Manhattan, make sure you treat yourself to brunch at Balthazar.
Take a morning stroll along Crown Street in Sydney's Surry Hills at any time around nine(ish), and you'll find a long line of locals waiting to be served pancakes and bellinis at this brunch institution.
Bills is famous for their entire menu, but their buttermilk pancakes and white peach bellinis have a fierce following amongst foodies and friends.
Our tip is to get there a little earlier if you can; because the wait times (while worth it) can get extreme.
Brisbane's brunch scene was traditional based along the banks of the Brisbane River, but that's all changed since the trendy West End district blew up a few years back.
As with many towns that have been recently gentrified, Brisbane's West End is now home to an eclectic mix of scrappy students and the well-heeled elite.
As for brunch, Billykart not only has a wonderful selection of sparkling options; but they even have their very own selection of cocktails designed to pair perfectly with breakfast - to take your brunch to a whole new level.
A cocktail bar may seem like a strange choice for brunch, but in this trendy pocket of Fitzroy; no one would bat an eyelid about heading to Fargo and Co at any time of the day.
Their menu is based on fresh ingredients combined in interesting ways; but when it comes to brunch, what may interest you all the more is their "bottomless brunch."
From 11 am on Sundays, you and your crew can enjoy bottomless prosecco and mimosas with your meal - which is an amazing way to start your day!
With one of the most insta-famous views in Sydney, Bondi Icebergs is regularly home to the city's stunning A-listers and social risers alike.
So if you can beat the crowds, then what better a way to kick off your day, than by watching the sun continue to rise (this is brunch we're talking about - sunrises are for breakfast people) over the Pacific Ocean?
Icebergs do a set brunch on Sundays, from 10 AM to midday; and we advise making a booking
Of course, the wonderful thing about brunch with friends is that you don't even have to venture out of the house on a Sunday morning. Just message your friends, tell them to get in an Uber, put some eggs on - and voila - brunch at home!
Just make sure you have some chilled, Australian sparkling Moscato in the fridge. If you want to lift your brunch game a little, then take a leaf out of Billykart's book, and pair your breakfast with a sparkling Moscato cocktail ! Be careful though... if you lift your brunch game too high, then your friends may start showing up to your house every Sunday.