Grant Dickson’s list conveys his unbridled enthusiasm and love of wine, opening with 42 wines, sherries, sakes and fortifieds by the glass. While regional talent is admirably supported, it also provides an international “resource for the local wine fraternity” to measure their palates and keep them in touch with the greater wine world. Most impressive is how Dickson’s eclectic and unusual selections intrigue rather than intimidate. With no pretension, he takes us on through a wine wonderland, which is exactly as it should be. To read it is to be drawn there. For those whose lives aren’t lived expressly through wine, Dickson cuts the commentary on an abbreviated list of 100 wines to match the electric South-East Asian cooking of his Vietnamese wife and chef Tuoi Do. It’s not just page upon page of show ponies. It’s a trove assembled from all corners of the globe. And you know, without doubt, that it will reveal rare treasures within.
CUISINE South East Asian
WINE LISTGrant Dickson & Geoffrey Hunt & Cassaly Fitzgerald
WINEs ON LIST 1093 (42 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($30-$9 by the glass)
Australia’s premier list in 2016. To give a sample of what’s available: wines by the glass include some lesser-known wines from the Barossa: Sam Scott’s garganega, Eperosa’s artisanal semillon, Rockford’s off-dry white frontignac and Dickson’s text explains exactly why they have been selected. There’s also a seven year old John Duval Plexus and a mystery wine challenge. The collection of sparkling wines is unique. Alongside a smallish but comprehensive selection of major Champagne houses (including vintages back to 1964) there a huge collection from growers; a Barossa-focused Aussie section; méthode ancestrale French bubbly; and European méthode traditionale wines plus so much more.