Rebekah Pizana is a food and wine journalist and recipe writer. Rebekah's columns have been published in newspapers, magazines and online since 2006.
Passing through Melbourne, Australia on business, and crunched for time, I set out to find a local Chardonnay within the city limits. I swing by my hotel concierge, and walk away with a much appreciated pen-scribbled map of the city as my tour guide.
Located on the 55th floor of Melbourne's tallest building, Rialto, the Lui Bar is part of the city's most sophisticated restaurant, Shannon Bennett's Vue de Mode. The bar is full of guests in business attire when I arrive, briefcases and laptops in hand, all enjoying panoramic views of the south bay.
The menu includes several local wines, and the prices are not as bad as I anticipated. My mission is accomplished with the first sip of Toolangi Vineyard's 2012 Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley (about 1 hour's drive from Melbourne) $16 AU (approx. $13 US).
Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir varieties dominate the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong, Sunbury and Macedon wine regions just outside Melbourne.