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Our Wine Store

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

Wine

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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Meet The Maker Sessions – Dave Mack of ArFion Wines

Yet another one of the WINE STORE | WINE BARS best mates is taking over the pouring duties this Saturday October 20th from 3-6ish for another Meet The Maker Sessions. Ladies and Gentleman, we give you Dave Mackintosh of ArFion Wines.

Dave’s philosophy is simple; to try and extend the limitations of style, be considerate to the grapes and land, and to be a strong part of the local wine community. Seems simple and obvious to us, and as we say around here, “It’s not Rocket Surgery after all”.

Not necessarily conforming to an existing style, Dave aims to create wines that have their own thumbprint and can evolve as the seasons do.  They are the result of the interpretation of many connections between vintage, style and site.

So make sure you swing on by this Saturday for a wee sip of Dave’s current vintage wines where we have little doubt that you’ll like them as much as we do.

Meet The Maker Sessions – Michael Dhillon of Bindi Wines

The WINE STORE | WINE BAR is turning 4 on October 15th, so to mark this milestone of of the stores fave winemakers, and one of my best mates, Michael Dhillon of Bindi Wines in for a tasting. As many of you will know, Bindi Wines, and Michael who is effectively Bindi, have a very special place in my heart. And it is because of this Michael will be in the WINE STORE | WINE BAR on Saturday, October 13th from 1-4ish where he will pour his new release wines at the tasting bench.

Bindi’, 50 kilometres north-west of Melbourne in the Macedon Ranges, is the family property of the Dhillon family. Originally purchased in the 1950s as part of the larger grazing farm ‘Bundaleer’, ‘Bindi’ is a 170 hectare farm of which 7 hectares are planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Fifteen hectares are dedicated to managed plantation eucalypts for high grade furniture timber whilst the remainder of the land is maintained as remnant bush land and important indigenous grasslands.

The Bindi vineyard is the fundamental focus of the Dhillon family endeavors. The vineyard and winemaking philosophy is to seek balance and purity in the expression of the various individual vineyard sites and this philosophy is applied to farming and conservation at ‘Bindi’; the preservation of the natural harmony.

This tasting is going to be popular so the earlier the better we would advise. On tasting will be Bindi’s new releases which include all of the estate wines – Block 5, Original Vineyard and Dixon Pinot Noirs; Quartz and Kostas Rind Chardonnays and the Pyrette Shiraz from Heathcote. And what better way to celebrate our 4th anniversary then to have Michael pouring his wines. And there may also be a sausage sizzle out the back weather permitting.

Meet The Maker Sessions – Adam Foster of Syrahmi Wines

The Meet The Maker Sessions keep rolling on this Saturday, September 22nd with another ace friend to the WINE STORE | WINE BAR in Adam Foster of Syrahmi Wines taking over the tasting duties from 3-6ish where he will tell the great story of his even greater wines.

Adam has always had an interest in food and wine. Whilst spending many of his years completing a chef’s apprenticeship and working in some of Victoria and London’s best kitchens he also maintained an interest in Front of House activities – particularly the cellars and wine lists.

In 2002 Adam decided to give up ‘chefing’ to immerse himself in the winemaking process. Since then his experience in the industry has been quite diverse and somewhat unconventional.

Adams unadulterated passion for wine came from the early days working shifts at Walters Wine Bar. He concentrated his efforts particularly on French and Australian Rhone styles. He had the privilege of working with some of what he considers to be the most outstanding wineries in Australia and France such as Torbreck, Chapoutier, Mitchelton, Heathcote Winery, Domaine Ogier & Jasper Hill.

So make sure you don’t miss out on meeting this absolute legend of a person and grab a few sips and potentially liberate a bottle or two of his great wines to take home, or even have at the bar.

 

Beer Loyalty Cards are Back!!!!!

I think it is very safe to say that Spring has fallen on Melbourne – excluding of course the world famous “Melbourne Weather” installation that is. So with this ace new season upon us, we will once again be rolling out the very popular Beer Loyalty Card.

Now it’s no shock or surprise that our regulars are well aware that ALL of the beer in our fridge is cheaper that Old Mate Dan across the street; we haven’t lowered our prices, just that our prices have always been cheaper. It’s just when people see the “Lowest Price Guaranteed” they automatically believe it. Well they’re not.

What does the loyalty card involve I hear you ask. Well all you need to do is come in to the WINE STORE | WINE BAR, purchase either a 4our or 6ixer, get a stamp and on your 9inth purchase we will sling you what we call the Melways 6A – 6 smokin hot locally produced craft beers – for free baby!!!!! Whats not to like with that.

So remember, make the easy choice for all of your beer selections here and #DontGiveADan

Meet The Maker Sessions – Mario Marson of Vinea Marson

This Saturday we go (almost) Full Italian with another great friend of the WINE STORE | WINE BAR in Mario Marson of Vinea Marson. 

Vinea Marson is a small, family owned and operated winery in the heart of Heathcote in Central Victoria.

Mario’s inspiration stems from his Italian heritage – where his grandfather made Friulano, Cabernet and Merlot and his great-grandfather was chief winemaker for the local padrone. Mario’s father, Giuseppe, planted rows of vines in their Melbourne backyard to bring Italian wine to the dinner table each night. Making wine and serving it with plentiful Italian food was a Marson way of life.

Since 2000 Mario has used his deft hands to create some of Australia’s best examples of Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Prosecco, and it will once again be our pleasure to have Mario in the store this Saturday, September 15th from 3-6ish for him to show you all his wonderful wines.

Meet The Maker Wine Sessions – Sierra Reed of Reed Wines

If you happen to be peeping out your window today you will swear that Spring is REALLY here. Though being Melbourne, this picture can quickly change. One thing that does not change however is the gorgeous fresh vitality That Reed Wines express. And what a coincidence, Sierra Reed will be the latest friend of the WINE STORE | WINE BAR to take part in our “Meet The Maker Wine Sessions” this coming Saturday, September 8th from 3-6ish.

Reed Wines are single vineyard expressions made by Sierra Reed in Victoria.

Always an inquisitive and enthusiastic drinker, Sierra’s journey in wine began in New Zealand whilst filming with the Family of Twelve. Interviewing those leading families of New Zealand wine inspired her to change her life and begin the journey from drinker to maker.

A complete immersion in winemaking followed with a rapid succession of vintages as a global nomad in Paso Robles (Hearst Ranch Winery), the Yarra Valley (Domain Chandon), the Napa Valley (Piña), Central Otago (Rippon), Beaujolais, France (Domaine du Vissoux), the Grampians (Mount Langi Ghiran), Barolo, Italy (E. Pira & Figli – Chiara Boschis) Geelong (Lethbridge Wines), and Rheingau, Germany (Robert Weil).

As well as 4 vintages under her own label Reed Wines of which she makes a Grenache, Shiraz, Nebbiolo and Riesling. Her main focus is Victoria as a region, but the Grenache is sourced from the Barossa from a very old vineyard and it’s a perfect fit for Reed Wines.

 

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