news events lifestyle , 27th Oct 2018

3 ways to do Melbourne Cup right

Posted by Handpicked Wines Team

3 ways to do Melbourne Cup right

It’s time to get ready for Melbourne Cup day. Whether you are enthusiastic about the race or not so much, it’s still a great excuse to get out of the office for an afternoon of bubbles, fashion (those bizarre hats!) and a “long lunch” you-never-return-to-work-from. 

From 3 hour wine and cheese delivery or a cheeky glass of wine at the Handpicked Wines cellar door, we have you covered to do Melbourne Cup day right. 

Fun and games | Wine trivia

You don’t need to be a racing enthusiast to celebrate Melbourne Cup. Instead of watching the race, get your competitive streak on by hosting a house/office party with games and wine of course!

Host a wine trivia session or pick a theme and put your brain to the test when you’re 5 glasses of vino in. (disclaimer: the results may scare you) It ain’t trivia without a prize, a boozey prize is highly recommended. The NV Veneto Prosecco is our top pick with its fresh citrus flavours, nothing says you’re a winner more than bubbles.

Note to winner: It might be tempting to make it rain with Prosecco and spray it around the office, but we highly discourage it - you won’t be a winner in the boss’s eyes.

Need some inspo for wine trivia questions? Check out the Decanter quiz about Aussie wine.

Escape the crowd | Wine and cheese delivery  

For those looking to avoid the crowds on Melbourne Cup, we have good news for you. We now offer wine and cheese deliveries within 10km of the Sydney CBD - within 3hrs*. We know - it’s both exciting and terrifying...exciting because your cravings are our command and terrifying because summer is around the corner and we’re all about that summer bod.

Whether you are after catering for 10, 20 , 30 people or just for yourself (because treat yo self!) we have you covered. Customise your own wine and cheese box or choose from our curated catering packs. We have a selection of delicious premium wines and imported fine cheeses that we can deliver straight to your door.

This way you can throw a party with class and ease from the comfort of your office or home wine and food sorted. You’re welcome.

Check out all our catering options here.

Social butterfly | Handpicked Wines Cellar Door


For those who hate planning, the Cellar Door will be open for regular service. The venue is the perfect destination for a cheeky glass of wine and a relaxing afternoon off. We will accept walk ins. Bookings recommended via Dimmi: book here.


Keep it classy and kick on with your team this Melbourne Cup at the Handpicked Cellar Door in Chippendale. We are prepping an epic grazing station which includes our range of cheese and charcuterie plus other delights.

There will be Handpicked Wines to match so you can enjoy a beverage package of high-quality wines* all made by us instead of pub house pours and vodka sodas. Book hassle-free in advance online or call us to discuss something tailored. *Don’t worry….we also have beer…. 

Handpicked Fashion Inspo For Cup Day | Crowns

We’re calling it - crowns will be big in the bird cage this year! Check out this #fashionhack, that will also protect you from swooping magpie season. 

*We can only deliver catering packages to addresses within 10km of the Sydney CBD. If you live outside of the radius but would like to pick up from the Handpicked Cellar Door, please add a note in the 'Order Instructions/Comments' when checking out. For more information on express shipping visit our FAQs


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