About Me


 Hi, I’m Nicole and I’m so pleased you stopped by.

I am a Melbourne-girl, although originally from Brisbane, I moved here almost four years ago and I love this city. I am a very proud mum to my rescue bitsa (a bit of this, a bit of that) dog, Ted, and have a terribly sweet fella along for the ride too. I work in the wine industry and am studying the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma- one of the precursor qualifications to the Master of Wine. At various other times I have been a Pharmacist, actor and production manager. I believe in chasing your dreams, fairies and that peanut butter is a food group.

ross and ted, about me

I live to eat and I eat to live. I live to drink… no hang on, that might give you the wrong impression. I love food and wine but in Australia we still have a bit of a mixed up relationship with wine, and alcohol in general. I have quite a European approach to life. I love eating and drinking but I do so in moderation and that makes it so much more fun. I adore eating out, I delight in playing about in the kitchen and adapting recipes or making things up as I go along. In restaurants and wine bars I am that girl that sits there sniffing her wine glass with a dreamy expression. For me, life is about subtlety, complexity, elegance, fun and a lack of pretention.

vineyard, australia, melbourne, dew

I want more people to enjoy wine and to achieve that, we need to move past the wine-wanker attitudes. What I hope to create here is some inspiration to try new things. I also want us to hang up our negative attitudes about food. Great food is one of the most achievable and simplest pleasures in life. There is no such thing as ‘bad’ foods and ‘good’ foods, especially when the ‘good’ ones taste bad and the ‘bad’ ones taste oh so wonderfully good. My approach is to eat nutrient-rich, healthy, delicious foods most of the time so that when I want salted caramel surrounded by peanut butter baked into a cake and dipped in chocolate, I can enjoy every morsel. It’s all about balance.

wine, city wine shop, melbourne

What you will find here is:

  • Uncomplicated, delicious recipes- some full of nutrients and some just glorious indulgence.
  • Reviews of places I enjoy eating and drinking.
  • Wine talk that I hope will encourage you to learn more about wine and explore new and fantastic varieties and types.

ted and cole col, about me


I am a chatter, a communicator, a connector so please hang about and leave a comment when you read my posts. I want to get to know you 🙂


16 comments on About Me

  1. Michelle
    November 21, 2014 at 4:07 am (3 years ago)

    I’m beyond excited by this whole thing.
    Happy days.
    M x

    • Nicole Bilson
      November 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww thank you fabulous woman x

  2. Simone
    February 9, 2015 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Ha! You had me at “salted caramel surrounded by peanut butter baked into a cake and dipped in chocolate”

  3. Jem @ Lost in Utensils
    February 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm (3 years ago)

    So lovely to meet you Nicole! What a diverse background and how wonderful you have gone to the ‘wine’ side. Love your writing style and look forward to following 🙂

  4. Rosie Rockets
    March 4, 2015 at 10:18 am (2 years ago)

    Your blog name is genius! Basically Champagne and Chips are my two weaknesses in life! 🙂 Found your blog via the Blog Society facebook page and I love it!

    • Nicole Bilson
      March 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! Am quite partial to your blog name too. Heading over for a squizz 🙂

  5. Miss Chardy
    March 4, 2015 at 4:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Nicole, wow – this sounds like my kind of blog – champagne and chips, yum and yum, well actually I would prefer a chardy but that’s ok.

    • Nicole Bilson
      March 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

      We don’t discriminate here Miss Chardy- all wine is (very) welcome 🙂

  6. Jean Miller
    August 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Nicole… I’m with you on your approach to wine and food! Have you tried some of the big red blends by Dave Phinney of Orin Swift? We have yet to meet a bottle we didn’t like. Sometimes, after the first sip we simply look at each other, shut our eyes, and then shake our heads in disbelief…

    • Nicole Bilson
      August 9, 2015 at 10:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Wow, they sound incredible. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ve ever seen any Orin Swift wines in Australia- do you know if they are imported? I will have to keep an eye out.

  7. Roz Tonkin
    September 25, 2015 at 11:55 am (2 years ago)

    Love your Clever Bechamel Sauce!
    I sell Hackit in my shop so I was intrigued to see your challenge.
    Can’t wait to try it myself.

    • Nicole Bilson
      October 11, 2015 at 9:46 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much for dropping by Roz. I think Hackits will go really well for christmas gifts.

  8. Alexandra Paras
    December 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I just found your blog today via Woog’s World. I think we may be kindred spirits – so much in common and I just love the way you write and your style (personal and home!).
    Sorry to come on a bit strong but I just had to say, I love what you’ve done here and I’ll be a regular from now on! 🙂

    • Nicole Bilson
      December 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Such lovely words Alexandra, thank you and welcome 🙂
      Do you write a blog too? I would love to check it out. I look forward to getting to know you

  9. naheda hassan
    August 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm (1 year ago)

    Great story and i love strong characters. hope to meet you soon.


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