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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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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.

Christmas Countdown – Vinea Marson Heathcote Shiraz Viognier 2013

Delicious. Divine. Disarming….

Yep, only 209 days until Christmas and like Molly Meldrum famously said, “Do yourself a favour…”, and grab this absolute ripper. The Vinea Marson Heathcote Shiraz Viognier 2013 is so off the charts it’s not funny; ripe raspberry, silky smooth tannins, earthy notes, black olive.

Could you imagine this with a juicy roast beef sitting in the middle of the Christmas lunch table? But who can wait that long; not me. Just imagine this then sitting in a glass with tonights dinner where all it will set you back is $40. Yes please….

The Christmas Cowntdown is on – Camporsino Chianti DOCG Tuscany 2016

Is it ever too early to be thinking about what wine(s) will adorn the Christmas lunch table? No, I didn’t think so either. So with that sorted lets kick off our Christmas Wine countdown in May.

Lets start with the Camporsino Chianti DOCG Tuscany 2016 which is 100% Sangiovese. Gorgeous dark morello cherry and wet terracotta on the nose, the wine opens in the palate with a darker hit of cherry that is held together wonderfully – yes wonderfully – with mouth watering chewy tannins. What a ripping little number this one is. And the best thing is you do not have to wait for Christmas Day; you can come in today and swap it for $25. Mucho-fantastico stuff!!!!

and just so you know – there are 214 days until Christmas!!!

August Wine of The Month – Helen & Joey “Inara” Yarra Valley Shiraz 2016

Sometimes you just have to state the bleeding obvious. This is one of those times. 

The Helen & Joey “Inara” Yarra Valley Shiraz 2016 is just so amazingly crazy value that writing anything  less would be a gross misjudgement on my behalf. Quite simply this is a #KenBruceHasGoneCompletelyMad moment.

Where do I start. The nose instantly throws up delicious blackberry notes that linger until a gorgeous savoury tinge of masterstock, beef oxo and vegemite (yes vegemite) wow the senses. The palate sings with more blackberry mixed with delicate white pepper and balanced acid and tannins. A cracking wine indeed at a crazy $20!!!!

Drink with shepherds pie or mushroom ragu

What to drink on a chilly Melbourne weekend…

It’s got that feel about this weekend, like this is practice for the Autumn we are all probably looking forward to. Yep, it’s going to be chilly this weekend and that can only mean one thing. Red Wine Time!!!

And what red to drink you ask? Well, lets go back in time a little shall we. It’s the early naughties, say 2002. The Euro becomes the currency of choice for 12 EU countries, George W gives his now famous “Axis of Evil” speech, the Brisbane Lions win the second of their 3 premierships in a row and Queen Elizabeth II bids farewell to her mother in the same year she celebrates her Golden Jubilee. But more importantly, the Aussie Blend was the wine we were all drinking. Yep, the Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend was something we couldn’t get enough of.

Fast forward 15 years and it is a style that is now rarely seen around the traps. But this one is ace. The Sons of Eden ‘Pumpa’ Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2014. This is a belter I tell ya!!!!!!! A combination of 80/20 Cab to Shiraz, this wine has an instant whack of mocca and dark chocolate on the nose. The palette opens up instantly with an alluring mix of cold coffee/coffee grounds, bay leaf that finishes with lovely tangy tart blackberries.

Go on, get your retro on this weekend and always $26 

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