There’s nothing better than warm, balmy nights spent with a chilled glass of white wine in hand, especially when that glass is filled with riesling—the queen of warm weather wines.
Ranging from dry to semi-sweet and sweet, with lower alcohol—riesling is a lighter drop that’s best paired with fresh salads, zesty Asian delights and seafood.
This year Pewsey Vale Vineyard is offering you the opportunity to win a trip to their breathtaking Eden Valley vineyard in South Australia worth $2,500 so you can experience Eden for yourself. All you have to do is visit one of the participating venues below between 1 February to 30 April, take a photo of your experience and post it to Instagram tagging the restaurant, @pewseyvalevineyard and #thisiseden. Easy peasy!
And without further ado, here are 10 of the best places to drink riesling in Brisbane. Cheers!
The Brass Barrel
The Brass Barrel in Rosalie was pretty much made to be paired with white wine. Think outdoor seating, tables perfect for gossiping and a menu that matches riesling to a tee. We’re talking crispy fried calamari with a Szechuan and sesame coating, served atop cucumber ribbons with a soba noodle salad. Yum! If seafood isn’t your thing don’t stress, keep calm and order the coconut chicken salad—with wine, duh.
Blue Room Cinebar
Life doesn’t get much better than watching the latest blockbuster, glass of white in hand, does it? Blue Room Cinebar is made for dates and girls’ nights out: part bar, part cinema, and part restaurant. If you happen to be there with a date, drop hints that you’re after the riesling with your duck spring rolls (and popcorn).
St James Crab House
We have a lot to thank St James Crab House for. Namely the fact they satisfy all of our crab cravings in one place, but also that they’re on hand to refill our white wine glass without us even asking. Thanks, guys! Make the pilgrimage—yes, it’s a religious experience eating here—to St James and order your preferred seafood, pick your sauce and dig in. We’re pretty obsessed with the Jonah Crab Claws in Singapore Chilli sauce, but the King Crab is an experience in itself—not to mention the perfect match to a nice white!
Thomson's Reserve makes our heart beat a little faster. The spanner crab in brown butter with Jerusalem artichoke, sorrel and macadamia was kind of made to be paired with riesling. Likewise, with the prawn, honeydew and Lebanese cress. It’s a hard choice, so order both. Is your mouth watering yet?
Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly, Spencer and Heidi, Thai food and white wine—they’re matches made in heaven. Order a bottle of white and match it with Thai classics like pineapple fried rice and spicy beef salad for a serious foodgasm at Phat Elephant.
Picture this: freshly shucked oysters, charred octopus, seared scallops and a bottle of glorious white wine all to yourself. Heavenly, right? Get down to Jelly Fish Restaurant on the shores of the Brisbane river to make it happen, stat. Order the Nero linguini with prawns, rocket and red chili butter and prepare for your life to change.
Harvey’s is an institution among Brisbane foodies. Make no mistake, these guys have been around a while but their menu is fresh, punchy and downright delicious. Riesling and charcuterie can’t be beaten, fact. But if you’re feeling more peckish, try the Tasmanian quail with their celeriac, buttermilk and mustard dressing and a side of wilted rainbow chard. The best part is the sunshine dining set-up here—wine and sunshine, what could be better?
Much like a great bottle of white wine, Downtown Istanbul’s menu is made for sharing. Think dips, pide (Turkish style pizza), meze platters and shish. Get your crew together and head to Downtown Istanbul to eat your body weight in pita and hummus.
Reef Seafood And Sushi
It’s hard to pick which we love more out of sushi and white wine. It’s like choosing a favourite child—wrong, unnecessary and downright inappropriate. That’s why we’re all about having both, and you should be too. Reef Seafood and Sushi combine some of Brisbane’s best sushi with our fave white wines. Run, don’t walk.
Chop Chop Changs
Chop Chop Changs is an enchanting amalgamation of South East Asia’s street food faves. Expect a serious pang of nostalgia, because everything on the menu will take you back to your time in South East Asia—morning glory, larb isaan, satay veggies, jungle curry…see, we told you so! It goes without saying the South East Asian palate lends itself perfectly to the bottle of white wine you’ll inevitably order.
For the chance to win a trip to Pewsey Vale Vineyard in Eden Valley make sure you also visit Claret House, Next Door Kitchen and Bar, Ahmets, Bamboo Basket, Chilli and Spice Restaurant, Pilpel By The Sea, Novotel Brisbane, Hub Cafe and Kitchen, Atalanta Bar and Greek, Nikuya and Medley Cafe. What are you waiting for? Get snapping now!
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