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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

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. When the wine is sub $30, say $26, then you’ll pay $30; that’s the price to drink in for all wine sub $30. That means whatever the price over $30 that’s the price; $58 is $58, $44 is $44 and $130 is $130.

What we mean about all of our wines being available by the glass is this; the first 3 whites and 3 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.

NB: Wine Bar closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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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Wine Of The Year 2020 – Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown ‘Indigo’ Beechworth Shiraz 2019

Its an extraordinary time to be alive indeed. 2020 has come and gone but will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on all of us.

Usually by by this time of the year we would have announced our annual “Wine Of The Year” during the big Christmas Wine Tasting where we feature all of the wines of the month (those that are still available of course) and some other fave’s that landed in our glasses. But again, 2020 was THAT year that changed everything.

There were no “Producer Tastings” or themed tasting or any tastings for that matter. And with tastings? Due to COVID-19 restrictions Kelsey and Tim had the chance to see maybe 10% of producers and wine reps in store, from previous years, to taste their fine wares. Yet the wines we did see were nonetheless exceptional and we did our best to get them in to sell to you.

Yet with all of that we still need a “Wine Of The Year” for 2020 and that deservably goes to Tessa Brown and Jeremy Schmölzer of Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown of Beechworth for their “Indigo” Beechworth Shiraz 2019. The wine: gorgeous black fruit on the nose with supple spice, black slate and white pepper consuming the senses. The mouth has layers of blackberry, Chinese masterstock, more white pepper and a hint of Hoi-Sin/Soy sauce.

Truly a great wine for now and the years to come and just $38 on the shelf. Ace work Tessa and Jeremy.

11 Days Until Christmas!!!! The Lost Plot ‘Serendipity’ Mornington Peninsula Sparkling 2004

This wine is Fair-Dinkum-Next-Level-Badass!!!!!! Where do I start?

Well then, The Lost Plot ‘Serendipity’ Mornington Peninsula Sparkling (Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier) 2004 is by far and away one of THE best Sparkling wines that has past this wine sellers laughing gear let me just tell you.

The wine then: the nose is classic aged sparkling wine – gorgeous yeasty autolysis with bready, brioche tones on the full-front. The palate is a mix of so much ACENESS in lemon curd, brioche, supple bead and weirdly but conversely ace-ly at the same time, a sort of salt and vinegar chip vibe. Just so good.

As Molly used to say, ‘Do yourself a favour and buy this!!!!’. And at $54 why the bloody hell not; tis the season after all.

12 Days Until Christmas!!!! Frankland Estate ‘Isolation Ridge’ Great Southern Riesling 2019

The days are getting thinner, and hotter, so the wine giving season is hot-to-trot and on days like today – 33˚C currently in downtown Brunswick East – something like the Frankland Estate ‘Isolation Ridge’ Great Southern Riesling 2019 should be very high in youse wonderful people minds.

Super yummo Rizza

The wine: the minerality on the nose is off the charts!!!! Now before I go any further there should be a disclaimer; I believe in my personal and professional opinion that Great Southern in WA is the best Riesling growing region in Australia. People may disagree with me. I don’t care. The wine again. Chalk, limestone, tart cumquat, white flowers on the nose. The mouth is more of the same with a more pure, linear tone that finishes with lip smacking acid and chalky tannins.

If you want to play Marco Polo on a day like today, then sing this wines name out and head straight down here. Be it in the Christmas stocking or in your glass late this arvo, this wine is worth every cent of the $44 in the fridge.

17 Days Until Christmas!!!!! Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown ‘Indigo’ Beechworth Shiraz 2019

it’s not that long until the Fat Man shimmies down the chimney, but instead of a frosty tinnie of beer, how about a smokin’ hot glass of Shiraz?

The Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown ‘Indigo’ Beechworth Shiraz 2019 should be that glass of Shiraz!!!!!! Laced with a seductive nose of blackberry, spice, Chinese Master Stock and tilled earth, the wine follows in the mouth with gorgeous lines of more blackberry and Master Stock followed by very savoury white pepper tannins with plenty of length.

At just $38, this will please both Santa or whoever’s stocking this lands in.

If A Wine Were An Album – Tidy Town Orange and Temperamental by the Divinyls

Yo birdies

After a grinding day working or supervising home-schooling or both, sometimes you just need some peace and quiet; that desert island vibe. But the savages (children/cats/dogs/housemates) have their noses pressed up against the glass. They’re tapping away on it, hissing and demanding your attention. What do you do? You join them!!!

If this seems familiar I suggest you put on the Divinyls “Temperamental” and rip the scab off the brand new vintage of the Tidy Town Moscato Giallo Orange 2020 from Heathcote.

Yo Chrissie

The Wine: raw, savage, chamomile, vibrant, mustard leaf, mesmerising – like Chrissie,

The Album; gripping, evocative, tragic, outside the square – like the Tidy Town Moscato Giallo.

Well there you have it. The first objective of music and wine is escape. But if you can’t beat them, well join those treacherous bastards and crank up the tunes.

The Tidy Town Moscato Giallo Orange 2020 is here for a good time and not a long time and is in the fridge for $28.

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