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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.

So what better place to open our store than in the community we call home. In 2004 Erin and Tim bought a house in Brunswick and started a family. Today we have two children, Imogen and Henry – The Little Red Crew, who both attend Brunswick East Primary just behind the Wine Store.

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 Erin making the odd cameo appearance too. Apologies in advance if The Little Red Crew get tangled up in your feet.

We offer 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; if you want to have a bottle here just add $10 to the price and away you go.

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 Valere Riesling, Cucu Verdejo, Vinero Pinot Noir 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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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 

Ministry Of Clouds Clare Valley Riesling 2016

It’s going to be a sweaty day out there today. And for relief; drink this!!!!

The quite stunning, and in my eyes, one of the best value – and simply best, Rieslings I’ve seen come out of the Clare Valley – Ministry Of Clouds Clare Valley Riesling 2016. Big call you say? Well yes, it is a big call but what separates this Riesling from other Clare Rieslings is that it is not all about acid and citrus pith. This wine has a beautiful floral note on the nose that lingers and builds in to lovely bitter kumquat aromas. Lovely. The palette opens up with chalky minerality which blooms in to more delish kumquat that then finishes with a moorish bitter melon taste. Just super yum .

Drink with shallow-fried white bait and always $30

 

The Boss and Wine – “Born To Run” and Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir 2014

Born To Run and Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir 2014

There is only 1 more sleep so there is no debate. Born to run and Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir. Both fill my heart with joy and passion and wonder. 

Born to run has been my favourite song, and album for that matter, for as long as I can remember. “Chrome wheeled, fuel injected, and steppin’ out over the line”, and one of THE greatest lines, “The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive”. The power. The passion. This is what it’s all about.

And Bindi. Block 5 Pinot Noir. Michael Dhillon. I am happy to say I have enjoyed many of Block 5’s wonderful complexity and energy and just pure deliciousness. I am also proud to say that Michael is one of my best and dearest friends. “I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul” because you have your Wendy.

Love you Bruce Springsteen. Love you Michael Dhillon. Love you Bindi

The Boss and Wine – “Rosalita (Come out tonight)” and The Hersey Adelaide Hill Harold Sparkling Rosé 2016

Rosalita (Come out tonight) and The Hersey Adelaide Hill Harold Sparkling Rosé 2016

Good golly, another fave song here!!!

“Windows are for cheaters chimneys for the poor, closets are for hangers, winners use the doors.” Seriously. How ACE is that.

This song has stuck with me since I was bout 7 I reckon. One of my older sisters bought this home and struck the needle on this song and BOOM, I was done. I was and will always be a fan. And like most of The Bosses’ songs, this is pure fun poetry. Pure Joy.

“Roslalita jump a little….”

…. And straight in to this ripping new sparkling Rosié out of the Adelaide Hills. Delsih Granny Smith/Fuji apple complexity on the nose lends to gorge herbal notes on the palate of fresh cut fennel, strawbs and cream and pretty much your constant fire. Yum, but not sure if it’s available in a pretty place in Southern California down San Diego way, but it’s here in downtown Brunswick East….

The Boss and Wine – “Jungleland” and Noelia Ricci Emilia Romagna Sangiovese 2014

Jungleland and Noelia Ricci Emilia Romagna Sangiovese 2014 

What a song. What a story. What passion. And what a wine!!!

Seriously, one of THE greatest songs ever penned. And I’ll dare anyone to argue that. Like all of Bruce’s music, this is filled with hope and despair with lyrics evenly beautiful and tragic all at the same time. Shakespeare would have killed for the Bosses prose back in the day.

“There’s a ballet being fought out in the alley”, and “Outside the streets on fire in a real death waltz”. And my fave line, “Soul engines running through a night so tender in a bedroom locked in whispers of soft refusal and then surrender….” Insane beauty.

And then there is a wine. A beautifully layered wine of earth and spice with soft red fruit. What’s it got to do with Jungleland you ask? Well like the song, this wine has heaps of passion, and well, it’s also long. Long in the palate that is….

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