Cheers to Community with Market Wine Store

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Remember when mix tapes (or burning CDs) were a thing? Some things never go out of style as Deb Caruso discovers.

There is something nostalgic and nurturing about receiving a collection of items that have been carefully-curated and thoughtfully-prepared. Back in the day, it was pretty special if someone gave you a mix tape of your favourite songs or went to the trouble of burning them onto a blank CD for your listening pleasure. 

As we’ve grown and technology has caught up with music on-demand, it’s nice to think that there are still ways to capture the thoughtfulness of someone taking the time to share their favourite collection of whatever it might be.

Damien Ringrose and the team from Market Wine Store in Maroochydore and Bokarina are suckers for the old days of community connections as much as they are lovers of great drops. 

They are committed to building and serving a thirsty community with old-fashioned service and expert advice and have taken the concept of a mix tape and applied it to what they know best – wine.  

The Market Mystery Mix is a monthly discovery of amazing wines from boutique winemakers, hand selected by the team to showcase a mixed six-pack of mystery hits. All you have to do is choose white, red or mixed and let the expert team do the rest. Starting at just $150, it’s great value drinking delivered to your door every 30 days. 

In addition to subscribing to the Market Mystery Mix, you can order your favourite beer, wine or spirits online anytime with free local delivery for orders over $150. 

Perfect for when you’re planning a long lunch, dinner party or just want the ease and expertise of your friendly, neighbourhood sommelier service to your door! If you’re not sure what you want or can’t find it online, simply call Market Wine Store and the team will help you out. It’s old-fashioned service with forward thinking.

The fun doesn’t stop there with regular special events, wine lunches and monthly wine features in-store plus, as part of the powerhouse Tony Kelly Restaurant Group, and connected to Market Bistro in Maroochydore and Bocca Italian in Bokarina, you also have the option of grabbing your favourite bottle of wine to enjoy next door for a corkage fee.

Subscribe to the Market Wine Store e-newsletter for updates or follow along on their socials which are full of entertaining and enlightening videos. Plus the website also holds the key to decadent dishes and wine matches with recipes for matches made in heaven that you can cook from home. 

Choose from shiraz cabernet and beef cheeks; to chardonnay with seafood chowder or roast chicken with mushroom fricassee! My personal favourite pairing of pinot noir and duck confit is on there as well as a surprising Seabourne Sunset Bitter with baked cheesecake. Divine!

Subscribe to the Market Mystery Mix, order online for pick-up or delivery and access all the insider information at


Each month the gurus at Market Wine Store will focus on a particular style of wine, sharing their expertise and discoveries of wines you won’t find anywhere else. They have already taken a deep dive into Rosé and Riesling and the month of May will see the focus move to white varietals before focusing on red wines as winter creeps in.

But it is April that promises to be my favourite month when the spotlight shines on Chardonnay. With in-store tastings of Damien’s Top Picks every Saturday; social media videos and online discussions exploring the Chardonnay resurgence; what makes chardonnay so unique and debates on new vs old; they will also share their thoughts on great producers of chardonnay in Australia and internationally. 

We’ve asked Damien to share his picks of sublime chardonnays from different ends of the spectrum:

Leeuwin Estate Art Series, $150

Margaret River’s Leeuwin Estate is legendary for good reason and there’s a reason why the Art Series Chardonnay is considered one of Australia’s greatest chardonnays and scored 99 Points from one of Australia’s most respected and experienced wine journalists, Ray Jordan. It’s big and oaky with power and presence yet it is balanced with elegance. Another cracking drop from Leeuwin Estate’s famed Art Series and deserving of the price.

Stefano Lubiano, $59.99 

One of the best producers coming out of Tasmania, Stefano is an amazing winemaker who has been around for a long time, and is very much about bio-dynamics, organics, vine health. He’s produced phenomenal vineyards and therefore, phenomenal wines. This is a mid-range chardonnay so it has a bit of old oak, a bit of malo-lactic acid, but not too much. It’s what I would classify as perfectly- balanced in the middle, not overly oaky and buttery and not too crisp and dry.

Saint & Scholar, $25 

This is a great entry-level chardonnay from Adelaide Hills and is light, crisp and fresh. It’s easy drinking will keep you coming back for more. A great buy and perfect with shellfish such as lobster or mussels or chicken.  

Mark it in your calendars and make your way to Market Wine Store Maroochydore or Bokarina.

About the Author /

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Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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