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A South Yarra Wine Bar and a Kosher wine

Nestled in at number 27 Toorak rd South Yarra, just near Punt rd, is (new-ish) wine bar South Press.

It was following a delicious steak night at the Arcadia hotel that my friend recommended we go to South Press for some wine and cheese to finish off the evening.south press wine bar

Walking in to South Press, the first thing I noticed was the floor-to-ceiling wall of wine bottles and glasses in the middle of the venue. With a wall of wine this size, I knew we’d be in for a treat.

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A small section of the wine wall

Seated at one of the tables by the friendly staff, we were handed the wine menu.

No surprise, it was an impressive menu to say the least.

Covering off each of the varieties (sparkling, white, rose, and red), the list contained a curated selection of wines from all over the world, and from our very own backyard.

The hard part was choosing what to drink!

My choice of wine for the evening was a Six Parallels South Assemblagé 2015. It was a blend of three grape varieties – Sauvignon Blanc (40%), Verdelho (38%), and Chardonnay (22%). Each great on their own, but when blended together = amazingness

I guess you could call it a Neapolitan wine – scooping up three delicious wines in to one glass.
Tasting note – a crisp, slightly fruity wine, with a mineral note driven by the Verdelho.

 

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Along with the wine, my friend and I tucked in to a delicious semi-hard Spanish sheep’s cheese covered in rosemary. On the side were some slices of fruit bread and a fruit paste.

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A cheesy photo

At the end of the evening I wanted to keep drinking the wine, however with it being a school night I decided to be sensible Sally and buy a bottle for later. Retail $27.

That’s right, the wine bar also doubles as a wine shop!

 

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When buying the wine, to my surprise the waitress told me that it was a Kosher wine. I’d never had Kosher wine before, and didn’t know much about what is was that made it Kosher.

 

So what makes a wine Kosher wine?

The wine making process can only be performed by someone who is Jewish: from crushing of the grapes, right through to the bottling of the wine.  With Kosher wines not containing any animal products, it also doubles up as being 100% vegan.

Australia is one country where demand for Kosher wine has increased in recent times, and Six Parallels South is one winery that has got it perfected.

If you’re in and around South Yarra next time, be sure to pop in for a glass.

 

Until next time wino’s,

 

Cheers

 

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Olivier Magny – My Jamie Oliver equivalent to wine

For anyone who knows me, knows I’m a Jamie Oliver fan. A big one too. When it comes to the world of wine I think I’ve found my Jamie Oliver equivalent.

Meet Olivier Magny – a French Sommelier/Entrepreneur/Author

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The man himself. Olivier Magny

I came across Olivier through his SBS show ‘The Grape Escape’.
In the series you travel along with him throughout the French wine regions, visiting many wineries, and learning about the wine making process along the way.
His excitable nature and approach to wine is infectious. His mantra is all about removing the intimidation people may have with wine, with a purpose of making it fun and factual, which I love.

In his series, one of the key highlights for me was when he visited the champagne region – it was so interesting to learn the process of making champagne from picking, to fermentation, through to storing. This all finished with learning how you should open a champagne bottle – my life changed forever when I saw this. simples tip the bottleThe trick is, rather than twisting the cork, you should twist the bottle instead. Simples!

 

Another region visited was the Bordeaux region. This took me back to my holiday in 2013 where I visited Bordeaux. He even ran in the Marathon du Medoc! What a champion.

Along with this great series, he’s also written a book ‘Into Wine’ (which I’m currently reading), and even founded Ô Chateau, Frances’ number one wine school located in Paris. It’s even home to a wine bar with 40 glasses on the menu to choose from. 40! With so many glasses on tap, I hope one day to visit his wine bar, as I’m sure his collection would be ‘superbe’.

Me in Paris! Oh how I want to go back!

Me in Paris! Oh how I want to go back!

Until next time wino’s,

Cheers

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