I really enjoy this place. A cozy wine bar in the Paddington neighborhood, it has a great vibe, some of the best music (especially when sommelier Matt Young is in charge of the playlist) and a great selection of very well priced wines. The list ranges over 250 selections, managed by co-owner Giovanni Paradiso along with Young (who also owns Black Market Sake, the importer of the terrific sakes on the list); they also offer 20 wines by the glass in constant rotation. Italy is a focus, as are “naturally” made wines; there are great, terroir-focused French wines (Thierry Allemand, Ganevat, Francis Boulard), as well as boutique and emerging Australian producers such as Sami-Odi. One of my favorite times to go is on relatively quiet Saturday afternoons when I can enjoy a glass or two, listening to the great soundtrack and admiring the wine drawings scrawled across the walls by past visiting winemakers and customers.
10 William Street, Paddington, 2021, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 9360 3310
This story appears in the print issue of February 2013.
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