67 Wine (Upper West Side)

A two-storey store on 68th St and Columbus Ave, a block from Central Park. The Australian white selection is on the left by the door as you walk in. Nothing very special about the whites but there’s a good red collection upstairs including a good number of Victorian reds. The staff can be helpful and …

America’s Wine Shop (Murray Hill)

Large selection of Aussie wine both cheap and expensive. You’ll find it in the back left corner, just follow the signs to “Jug Wine”…not exactly the image you may be seeking but oh well. Around the $20 mark, you could try Sticks Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley) or Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz (Barossa). For the Pinot, think …

Astor Wines & Spirits (NoHo)

Almost the size of a mid-Western supermarket (ok that is an egregious hyperbole), Astor Wines & Spirits does not disappoint in terms of vibrancy. There is a huge selection of well displayed wines, a tasting area, food pairing recommendations, discount bins, staff wine recommendations, and plenty of space to trapse down the aisles behind your …

Chelsea Wine Country (Chelsea)

An unassuming wine store on 8th Avenue. Small enough that one must be careful when navigating down the aisle that your bags don’t take a couple of bottles off the shelves by themselves. The Australian selection is on the back right. Australian selection: Fairly decent, with the usual cheap-end (euphemism: “value”) suspects like Banrock Station, …

Chelsea Wine Vault (Chelsea)

Step past the tourists dallying in Chelsea’s indoor food market and into the semi-vast Wine Vault. Towards the back you’ll find the Australian selection – it feels like they’re often changing it up. Staff can be helpful but an encyclopedic knowledge is rare like a koala making toast. Take note that there are tastings regularly, but what’s …

Le Vigne (West Village)

Le Vigne was once an all-Italian wine store but is no longer. The crazy elevated chair & table contraption that dominated the store is now gone, replaced by sleek black wood floors and contrasting white shelves. Having re-opened in January 2012 after almost seven months closed for renovations, the store now stocks a broader selection …

Manly’s Wine & Spirits (West Village)

A fair selection of everyday wines, sorted by country, greets you at Manly’s Wine and Spirits. There is indeed an international selection. Classical music hums in the background and there are plenty of staff on hand. The Australian selection is on the right as you enter. Australian Selection: It’s mainly red that you’ll find here …

MCF Rare Wine (West Village)

Only open a short time, the charming MCF Rare Wine has a boutique selection of mainly Italian and French wines at good price points. They are all of quality, and even with no Australian vino at the time of visit, when they do get some in you can probably trust their selection. Matt Franco, owner, …

Spirits of Carmine (West Village)

Wines and spirits at least up to eight feet high line the walls of this small West Village establishment. Australian Selection: Head to the back left for Australian wines, which on some rows are confusingly interspersed with New Zealand and South African wines. Prices go from $20 and up. The selection is overly heavy on …

Trader Joe’s Wine (Union Square)

You will not (or at least it’s highly unlikely to) be undercut on price outside of Trader Joe’s wine. They do have an Australian section though it’s fairly bargain basement – you get what you pay for after all – on the left hand side of the store. If you must absolutely buy something, you …