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The Brunswick East Wine Store  at 472 Lygon Street is the product of lots and lots and lots of hard work. After scribbling a signature on a lease towards the end of 2013, the Brunswick East Wine Store ever so slowly began to take shape, with Tim spending many an hour up a ladder after working at the Seddon Wine Store or up at the Bindi winery in the Macedon Ranges. And it was up a ladder that Time would chat to curious passer’s by and talk through what it was all about; bringing something new and fresh to the community.

Brunswick East Wine Store is a labour of love and a family affair. Tim has almost 20 years working with wine – selling, growing, making, matching with food, drinking, reading, writing, talking and studying. More often than not, it will be Tim’s face you see in the store with apologies in advance if The Little Red Crew – Imogen and Henry –  get tangled up in your feet.

Brunswick East Wine Store offers quality, value for money wines, craft beer and the odd bespoke spirit; no agenda’s here, it just has to be smokin hot and value for money. And all have been personally vetted by Tim. Every single one of them.

It’s nice to work local. It’s nice to be local. We simply love living, and now working, in Brunswick.

The Stuff We Do

Wine, Craft Beer and some Wine Bar action


It’s a great big wine world out there. So when you have a finite space to put this wine, the wine needs to be ACE and simply represent great value for money. There aren’t any wine agendas here because we love all wine, but saying that there is a real focus on small independent producers who have a real sense of ‘product of place’ and who are kind to the land from where their fruit comes from; minimal intervention is key.
So be it from Ribera del Duero or Rutherglen, the Barossa Valley or Bierzo, Alsace or the Adelaide Hills; if it’s ACE and value for money then yes, we want to sell it. A+B=C you might say.

Craft Beer

Beer has come along way, not only in Australia, but around the world. Gone are the days when the choice added up to the fingers on one hand. Just recently we have seen a beer revolution with backyard brewers all over the world take it a further step and have taken their product to market. And before you know it beer fridges are swelling with fantastic IPA’s, APA’s, Pilsners, Amber Ales and so on and so forth. We love craft beer in Brunswick East!!!

The Wine Bar

For those that have already been through our store you will have seen the bar stools, tables and chairs and the tasting table out the back. Yes. The Wine Bar is here!!!!!

Based on the Italian style Enoteca, all of our wines are available by the glass or the bottle if you so choose. And if you want to have a bottle here you will not be slugged the normal $10 or $15 or even $20 corkage. No no no. The price you see on the shelf or fridge is what you pay. Simples

What we mean about all of our wines being available by the glass is this; the first 4 whites and 4 reds chosen by you, the customer, on Sunday will be poured for the rest of the week. Be it Harewood Riesling, ArFion Pinot Noir, Schwarz Wine Co. Grenache or the Jamsheed Beechworth Shiraz. It’s all there for you to drink.

We will also be offering Sunday Specials, such as Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir, Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier and even Giaconda Chardonnay. Prices will be determined by what the bottle is worth but invariably nothing over $30ish a glass. It’s very rare to see wines of distinction in a casual, and affordable, environment like the one we will have here.

So in affect, there is no real wine list so to speak, just whats on the shelves or in the fridge. There will also be a short menu filled with cured meats, cheese’s, pickled seafood’s and olives. All the stuff that is yum.

This is us

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Even if you haven’t been in to our store you would certainly know that bottles is what we are all about; 1084 Bottles to be precise and approximately 108 working hours up a ladder with a pencil, a paint brush and a tin of paint – with the odd dab or turps here and there. And all done to a soundtrack featuring the likes of Springsteen, INXS, T-Rex, The Who, the Beastie Boys and You Am I; an eclectic playlist to go with an eclectic range.

his lips drink water but his heart drinks wine

E.E. Cummings

Whats Happening

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Riesling Tasting – ‘Strayan Style

Lets have another look at how our wine makers in Australia manipulate and tinker with another wonderful Noble grape variety. This week we will look at Riesling – ‘Strayan Style.

In virtually every growing region in Australia you will invariably find Riesling planted, yet with each different region you will again invariably see vastly different styles and guises of this grape due to altitude, soil, temperature and whether or not irrigation is used. And all this amounts to what we think at the WINE STORE | WINE BAR as Australia’s true expression on how terroir is viewed.

So make sure you pop through this Saturday, November 24th from 3-6ish and have a look at the many different interpretations of this wonderful variety that we grow and make here.

Rosé Tasting – ‘Strayan Style

It certainly is that time of the year when the go-to wine in the fridge – or the chilli bin – is definitely a Rosé, or Rosie as we like to call them here.

Now we all know that the French make some pretty ACE Rosies and they are pretty much the benchmark for all Rosies. But we here in Australia also make some pretty smoking hot Rosies too, so this Saturday we will be opening about 7even ‘Strayan Style Rosie’s for you all to have a wee look at and see how we do it here.

So make sure you make some time and pop in to the WINE STORE | WINE BAR this Saturday, November 17th from 3-6ish


We Want You!!!!!

We are currently looking for that all-rounder and ACE Wine Star to join our little crew.

You need to be wine savvy, wine friendly and wine service driven and effectively have a passion for all things wine. And beer. And Bespoke spirits. And customer service. And wine bar action.

We are looking for that exact person to do approx 30 hours in a part-time casual role with some weekend work expected. If this is you, or you know someone that fits this role, then please contact Tim on wine@brunswickeastwine.com.au or 0427-748-860.

Meet The Maker Sessions – Jon Baxter of Airlie Bank Wines

Okidoke folks, for our final Meet The Maker Sessions for 2018, it is with great pleasure that the producer be one that has lined the shelves and fridges ever since we opened back in 2014 – Airlie Bank Wines from the Yarra Valley hosted by one of the WINE STORE | WINE BARS favourite wine person in Jon Baxter.

Comprising of five wines; Savvy B, Skinsy Pinot Gris, Cuvée Sparkling NV, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, the Airlie Bank wines are, as far as this wine professional thinks, are possibly some of Australia’s best value wines in terms of quality and certainly price. These wines not only consistently deliver varietal expression but also through wine maker Tim Shand’s deft touch present wines that year after year throw slightly cheeky and different dynamic flavours in the glass that demands another bottle to be opened. Just because!!!

So make sure you swing by this Saturday November 10th from 3-6ish and have a sip and a chat with Jon where we are sure that you will like the wines as much as we do.

Melbourne Cup Day 2018 – You Bet We’re Open!!!!

It’s that time of the year again when most of Melbourne take a long-long-weekend and throw a buck or two in to a Melbourne Cup Sweepstake. So when you head in to the WINE STORE | WINE BAR today or tomoz, you too can also throw in a buck to win something wet and ace:

  1. 1st place – $30 Brunswick East Wine Store gift voucher
  2. 2nd place – A 6ixer of the Melways 6A
  3. 3rd place – A bottle of Esme and Hubert Prosecco
  4. And if you horse comes in last we are sure we can find some sample beers in the fridge that didn’t quite make the grade.


So make sure you swing by today or tomoz so you can stock up for The Cup and grab a ticket and have a bit of a giggle with us.


Meet The Maker Sessions – Dom Valentine of Valentine Wines

With another Saturday comes another Meet The Maker Sessions with this Saturday to be hosted by Dom Valentine of Valentine Wines.

Dom’s wine journey started in 2010 while working in Rudesheim and Geisenheim in Germany’s Rheingau region. In that year, Dom worked for both both Weingut Josef Leitz and Weingut Georg Breuer – two of the region’s most respected producers. Each of those experiences was  inspiration to return to Australia and pursue his Valere project whereby he sourced grapes each year from a different vineyard in Victoria to explore the lessons learned in Germany.

Fast forward some years and Dom has added a deliciously perfumed Heathcote Grenache and a wildly ace Chardonnay from Victoria’s highest altitude vineyard in Whitlands in the NE of Victoria. Both wines add to Dom’s unmistakable light touch when it comes to producing wines that have true terroir expressions.

So as Molly would say, do yourself a favour and swing on by the WINE STORE | WINE BAR this Saturday, October 27th from 3-6ish and have a gander of three of our fave wines for 2018.

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