The crew behind Handpicked Wines, a project that sources grapes from around the world and produces wine from its own estates, has a Sydney cellar door in Chippendale's buzzy Kensington Street precinct. You'll find wines from across the country, from the label's vineyards in the Barossa, as well as the Yarra Valley, the Mornington Peninsula and Tasmania, as well as bottles from Italy, France, Chile, Portugal and New Zealand. Pop in for a browse and pick up a bottle en route to a BYO feed at Spice Alley, or settle into the lounge area for a tasting flight and a cheese platter.
If you don't happen to be in the area, you can explore the online shop, which features not only 50-plus bottles of wine, but also a tip-top selection of charcuterie, cheese and condiments. The range includes about 20 hard, soft, blue and washed-rind cheeses, from nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano to lusciously creamy Brillat-Savarin laced with black truffle. For an all-out affair, why not add some Russian caviar to your order while you're at it?