Alps Wine Shop and Bar
Whether it’s biodynamic New World booze, or traditional Grand Cru from the ancient vineyards of Burgundy, it makes no difference to the folks at The Alps: they just call them, “wines”.
What matters to Lyndon Kubis and his partners, Renton Carlyle and Mark Hopkinson, is that their wines taste of where they’re from.
The wine shop and bar in Prahran has assembled a collection of around 400 bottles, 20 of which are available by the glass. There’s a particular focus on the Jura, Savoie and Burgundy, regions at the foothills of the European Alps.
The Alps is the fourth venue from the collective, which also owns Toorak Cellars, Milton Wine Shop and Romulus & Remus. The Commercial Road space is a former milk bar redesigned by iamnotmason. Its enviable portfolio includes Touchwood and Tall Timber Eatery. Apart from ripping out the plaster to expose brickwork and fireplaces, the bar’s furniture and fittings are all made from cypress pine and steel.
Alps also has a selection of beer in cans or on tap, which includes Panhead’s XPA, Sample’s Gold Ale and a blonde ale from Mont Blanc. Bar snacks are limited, but everything they need to be: cheese, charcuterie and gravlax.
Each month there are informal masterclasses around a barbeque, and premium pours from rare and vintage wines via Coravin.