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This morning arrived with a stark realisation. Without bars and restaurants and store closures across the globe (though completely necessary), I thought, how was I going to get my weekly wine fix? Sure, supermarkets are staying open. But would that include my local Liquor Land? Quickly and without intention, I spread fear among the household as we all devised a plan.

“Can we carry that many cases up the block?”, I asked. Surely not, so naturally, Google was the next port of call. Quickly, we came across a gift from the grape gods – Good Pair Days. And a good day it was.

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Relaunching from Wine Galley in 2018 after $2 million AUD of funding, Good Pair Days was founded from the minds of Banjo Harris Plane, Beto Moreira and Tom Walenkamp, built for the Netflix generation. By mixing expert curation and personalisation tech, Good Pair Days allows you to discover value bottles of wine you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself. It starts by taking a ‘palate profile quiz’ which determines a list of wines recommended for you. Each month self-confessed wine lovers and newbies alike can learn different tastes each month.

Thanks to quick delivery – one to two days if you live in Sydney – it has quickly become a go-to during self-isolation. Because staying in is always better with a glass of wine in-hand.

Head sommelier, Banjo Harris Plane, has started you off with a suggestion for the rookies in the room. Add wine tasting to the list of skills you picked up in quarantine:

A really great place to start would be a box composed of these 4 wines (free shipping for 4 wines or more!)
– 2017 Ngeringa ‘JE’ Pinot Noir – Adelaide Hills
Biodynamic Pinot Noir that is fruity and smooth
– 2016 I Veroni ‘Toscana Rosso’ Sangiovese – Tuscany, Italy
A great, savoury red from the heartland of Italian wine
– 2019 Wellington ‘Dukes’ Chenin Blanc – Wellington, South Africa
A textural and fresh white with loads of character
– 2018 Los Otros Pinot Grigio – Central Valley, Chile
A really zingy white with plenty of apple and pear flavours.

“There’s a really good selection there – 4 different grapes, 4 different countries, and a nice difference of style between the two whites and the two reds, so people can consider which they enjoy more – fruit-forward, or more savoury? Lots of acidity or a bit more textural? Plus it’s great value at $76 for 4 bottles of wine,” Plane suggested.

To get started and contribute to the local Australian economy, visit Good Pair Days here. Enter ‘ICON’ or ‘GRAZIA’ for $20 off your first subscription box.

thoughts?