Last year we introduced you to some of the best cocktail shakers (or stirrers) in Sydney and Melbourne. This time we talked to a variety of people in the booze industry; up-and-comers as well as those at the top of their games, from magazine editors to wine educators. This is where they like to go when they knock off and what they are reading about on Broadsheet.
Sydney: Joel Amos – DRNKS
Joel Amos is the founder of DRNKS, a wine website that eliminates the need to travel far and wide, sift through cheap catalogues or dive deep into the cellar in search of something special to sip on. Amos sources only the best-tasting, small-batch, organic and sustainable wines, plus interesting and unusual beers and sake. He’s been working with wine for 20 years across vineyards, wineries, wholesale, bars, restaurants and retail and decided to channel his experience into a store filled with things he wanted to drink. All products have been hand selected, thus Amos knows where each varietal or brew has come from, who made it and how. He likes to finish the day at the Wine Library or with a beer at The Norfolk. See where else he frequents on his MyBroadsheet profile
Sydney: Giorgio de Mario – 121 BC
121 BC, the tiny, dark wine bar perfectly at home in its Surry Hills lane, has a bottle shop along one wall. It’s a bit of a wine buff’s secret, and sells only Italian wines from small-scale producers using local grape varieties. The shop is organised by region, rather than by red and white, so you can taste your way through the country. For his morning coffee (always a piccolo followed by an espresso), de Mario loves his local, Sample, in Surry Hills. When dining out, the wine component is really important to the meal, so he tends to choose restaurants/wine bars with a good selection of natural wine or that offers BYO. His favourite choice for BYO is Alfio’s, for its relaxed environment and simple but delicious food. Take a look at his other choices on his MyBroadsheet profile.
Melbourne: Rory Kent – Wine: Baptism of Fire
Rory Kent creates programs to inspire interest in wine and to educate people. He is the founder of the Young Gun of Wine Awards – a competition that celebrates influential young winemakers. Another project of his is the first of its kind; a winemaking competition for non-winemakers, called Wine: Baptism of Fire. Enthusiastic applicants, who have never professionally made wine before, are given the chance to produce their own wine from the best grapes and the chance to be mentored by top winemakers. To buy a bottle himself, he heads to Harry & Frankie or to have a glass with friends, Bellota Wine Bar. When he’s in Sydney, he grabs a burger from Mary’s or settles into Love Tilly Devine for the night. Take a look at his MyBroadsheet profile to see more.
Melbourne: Josh Elias – Alquimie
Alquimie is , a magazine (of which Josh Elias is the editor) dedicated to drinks (and drinking. The team) produced its first issue in eight months from go to whoa. The independent publication is now in its fourth issue, full of pages of superb design, relevant and engaging wine reviews (no judgement, no scores and no prices) and eloquent tales of gin swilling, sake distilling, cider searching and wine making from Australia to the Andes. His magazine traverses the world but he calls Melbourne home and he likes eating out at Persillade, France Soir and Tipo 00. For beers, Elias loves Moon Dog Brewery & Bar. You can catch him around town at these and other places on his MyBroadsheet profile.