Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wine Bars

WINE BARS (short blurbs to be expanded shortly)

  • Bambini Wine Trust, Elizabeth St, Sydney
A very exquisite and antique French fitout complete with stone floors and chandeliers. Just the place to get away and fade into the space with your companion as it is dim and intimate. The wine list is just as amazing as the atmosphere, something you would expect from a hidden wine bar in Melbourne (like the Melbourne Supper Club on Spring St). If you are hungry you can nibble at the very small tasting plate menu, but for a larger meal go next door to Bambini's Restaurant.
  • Time to Vino, Stanley St, East Sydney
It is one of the most casual wine bars around town offering a small but great selection of dishes which are displayed on a blackboard as you walk in. This small gem boasts two bars, one upstairs and one downstairs. If you venture to the first level you can relax on coaches on the balcony with large groups of friends........Definitely be temped into their dessert selection labelled "Who needs friends" and don't be shy to ask the Sommilier, Clint Hillery, about new favourites as he is such a friendly guy.
  • De Vine, Cnr Market & Clarence St, Sydney
This wine bar/restaurant has a strong focus on Italian wines which are imported by owner and sommilier Andreas Puher. The wines by the glass are very vast and will definitely satisfy every palate. The prices are the most memorable part of this experience as they are just so low. You can sit at the bar enjoying your wine and still order some nibblies, like a cheese board, off the restaurant menu, or just grab a pizza off the bar menu to share with friends.
  • Almond Bar, Liverpool St, Darlinghurst
  • Wine Odyssey Australia, Argyle St, The Rocks
Only new, this wine bar has a cellar, tasting room and dining room. It is the type of place that caters for all occasions, whether you want to try some amazing drops (like 25ml of a 2002 Grange, $28) or sit down and enjoy a food and wine tasting plate where everything has been matched for you..........I haven't been here yet but my friend has told me it is an amazing place and I must go!!

  • GPO Cheese & Wine Room, GPO Building, Sydney
My very dear ex work which I will always treasure. It was the place that taught me about cheese and wine. Can you believe when I started I had no idea what Roquefort or Gorgonzola where!

The offer an amazing wine list which is comprised of all the bottles in our cellar (at least 250), with 16 by the glass. There is no influence by one particular region, but rather we tr to find the best of the different varietals and if that happens to be from Australian or overseas it doesn't bother us as we know they will be enjoyable wines. The menu is updated for every season to as just to new cheeses and matching wines by the glass i.e. more reds in winter. They have about 25 cheeses to choose from as individual portions but a great way to experience a few types matched with wines comes in the form of a Cheese and Wine flight as each match comes with tasting notes which you can keep.
Once you have fallen in love with what you have just devoured you can definitely go into the retail store to buy some stock to keep you satisfied until your next visit.

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