GPO Cheese and Wine Room
In the basement of the GPO in Martin Place is an intimate hub for cheese and wine lovers. Set into historic sandstone, the cellar-like space is decorated with an Indigo Jo mural and houses 80–100 cheeses from all over the world.
The comprehensive selection varies depending on season and availability and is curated by fromagiere Carlo Coluci. The focus here is on the matching of cheese and wine, and the beverage selection is also varied and expansive, with around 250 wines on offer as well as guidance from sommelier Roberto Mazzoncini.
Together Coluci and Mazzoncini work to create wine and cheese pairings for every palate. From pungent Italian truffle pecorino matched with sangiovese, to creamy French Brillat-Savarin paired to Veuve Clicquot bubbles, the specialty is finding a match. There is a variety of thoughtfully selected cheese boards on offer (including charcuterie and accompaniments), from the French-artisan selection, to the “whiskey flight”. If you’re feeling daring you can build your own cheese platter.
There are fondue options (both cheese and chocolate) on a menu that also includes lemon and oregano spit roast chicken, steak frites or crisp-skinned grilled Tasmanian salmon, but if you skip the cheese you might be missing the point. Cheeses and wines are also available to buy, so you can take your pairings away with you. There’s also a selection of grown-up mac ‘n’ cheeses.