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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 Wine Sessions – Alex Byrne of Byrne Wines and Liquid Rock n’ Roll

It’s that time of the year again where all of the wine makers are back from Bali getting their hair braided and getting back to work. That means another season of our “Meet the Maker Wine Sessions”. And what better producer to kick the new season off than Alex Byrne (one of the Wine Stores best mates too-boot) of Byrne Wines and Liquid Rock n’ Roll.

Alex studied Wine Science at Deakin and Charles Sturt Universities while continuing to work in retail wine sales as well as working vintages in Margaret River and the Northern Rhone Valley while studying.

After his studies were done and dusted, Alex worked in Burgundy before returning to Australia to work at Lethbridge in Geelong so he could get ready to do his own thing and begin making wine under his own label – Byrne Wines

In 2013 he and his friend Kim Farrell formed Liquid Rock n Roll wines in order to experiment with different styles of wine.

So make sure you swing on by the WINE STORE | WINE BAR this Saturday from 3-6ish and have a wee sip of some of the stores fave wines.

Smoking Hot and Brand-Spanking New – The Story Gin Batch #1

Do you love a story? I love a story. Funny, sad, scary, thrilling. Tell me a story and I’m yours forever!!!! But when that story, a new story, is a new Gin, then hold me down and tickle me purple I say. 

Fresh and hot off the conveyor belt we present to you The Story Gin Batch #1 straight outta Collingwood. Made by the ever savvy Rory Lane from The Story Wines, this Gin uses all native Australian botanicals – except for juniper of course – which produce a seamless and smashable Gin. From the get go on the nose lemon myrtle screams drink me on the nose with real smacks of aniseed and wattle seed after a while.

Be it in a G&T, Negroni, Martini or just sipping, you should definitely add this to your Gin shopping list. And at just $86, this new Gin sits nicely in the new breed of Bespoke Gin coming outta Australia. Bottoms up then!!!

What a Space. And it could be yours!!!!

It certainly is the season to hunt down that great cosy wine bar where you can just relax and chill (with the heater on of course) the day and night away. Well you can do it here and now you can book a space for 4-12 people in the WINE STORE | WINE BAR for you and your mates.

With an ever changing list of wines by the glass to choose from, we also allow you to choose anything from the fridge or shelf by the bottle and charge you no corkage. That’s right, whatever it says, that’s what you pay (anything sub $22 has a $5 corkage tho I’m afraid). And with your vino, or sherry, or beer or Japanese Whisky there is also a small snack menu of cheese’s, olives, Spanish seafood from Mo Vida and when in season, black truffle and toasted cheese sandwiches.

So if this sounds like you, give us a call on 9384-0875 and we’ll make sure we try and get you and your mates some space.

 

1 For, 2 For, 3 For…. Butch Morgan Barossa Valley Shiraz

It’s winter. It’s cold. In winter we drink red wine. Shiraz red wine. And 1 bottle is invariably never enough. Four bottles might be too many so two and/or three it is. Huzzah!!!

So what better way to kick off our 1 For, 2 For, 3 For…. deals then by show-casing a store fave: Butch Morgan Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013. Gorgeous dark fruit in the way of blood plum and intense ripe blackberry. The palate starts as the nose finishes with ace wet earth, spice and even a little bit of black olive tapenade. Bloody luv ya Butch xx

By the bottle? No corkage charged

The WINE STORE | WINE BAR revolution has come along way in the past 10 years here in Melbourne town and now you can go and have a glass, some cheese or olives, and even a bottle at your local wine shop. This is what the Brunswick east Wine Store has offered this past 3 1/2 years and will hopefully offer for many years to come. But unlike all of the other WINE STORE | WINE BAR’S out there, we do not charge corkage to drink a bottle at the bar; what the retail price is well that’s what you pay. It maybe a Benjamin Leroux Meursault, Bindi Block 5, Astro Bunny Pet Nat or a quick an ace bottle of Harewood Denmark Rizza; whatever the price is, that’s what you pay – sounds like an echo right?

As we say around here in the outer frontier of Brunswick East, “It’s not rocket surgery.” No it certainly is not.

Christmas Countdown – Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc 2016

Oh the joys of Christmas. For me it’s the lead up that excites me; only 206 Days to go. The excitement is palpable I tell ya!!!

But sometimes you just cannot wait, and I doubt anyone could wait to crack this ripper on Christmas day to smash it down with a dozen or so freshly shucked oysters; Oh dear NO-NO-NO!!!! And that ripper would be the Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc 2016 which I recently tasted along with most of Benjamin’s 2016 Burgundies. This one for me was the highlight of the day. With fruit mostly sourced from Puligny-Montrachet, the wine on the nose offers lovely creamy notes followed by bright citrus and stonefruit; I picked up nectarine and tangarine. The palate has a quick whack of green apple followed by plenty of length with the citrus and stonefruit flavours dancing over my tongue.

Just a stunning wine. I seriously doubt that this will still be here, even more so that it is currently by the glass at $17 with the bottle price at $68. What a ripper indeed.

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