“It is a funny, teeny little thing,” laughs Gabrielle Webster, chatting about Riley Street Café & Wine, a light-filled, marble-trimmed 38 seater that spills into the Adge Apartments foyer. Just a few doors up from co-owners Maruo Marcucci and Michael Stevens’ Baccomatto Osteria, this modest wine room has bucked the trend of cocktail peddling to focus on biodynamic, natural and organic wines.
Previously seen at Bloodwood, Astra and after working as a sommelier at Pendolino, co-owner Webster promises an ever-changing, boutique wine list – and her talk of stock set-aside from Adelaide Hills winemaker Anton von Klopper should ensure early interest in wine circles. Klopper has built a strong following on the back of bold food wines and the frequency of ‘out of stock’ labels next to them. Upcoming releases from his vineyard will also feature on the wine list. “People can come and get something a little different from the norm by the glass,” says Webster.
Additionally, Webster will be opening up bottles from her own cellar as part of a P.O.A. (price on application) selection, noting that “They do not exist anywhere else…things that I’ve been collecting over the years.” Barista Simon Fowler (from Single Origin) will head up a slick Mirage coffee machine with beans via Blacksmith Roasters, while head chef Francesco Di Gioia will plate up selections of cured meats, cheeses and the like to compliment Webster’s carefully curated wine selection.
Riley Street Café & Wine
222 Riley Street, Surry Hills
(02) 8093 9807