He stated an enormous a part of choosing the wine list was about presenting individuals with fascinating wines which might be “something they’ve never seen before”.
A Coravin wine preservation system permits them to syringe wine out of a bottle with out dropping the seal.
“It has been a tremendous improvement for eating places that need to serve premium wines or even when they aren’t the costliest and perhaps slightly bit obscure.
“At least you’ll be able to open them and current them to visitors and maintain the standard of them recent over time.
“Offering that variety to shoppers who need to take pleasure in one thing particular, or matching with meals. It’s a flexibility we’ve by no means had earlier than.”
Specialising in primarily Italian wines, Mr Hunter has additionally advocated for Australian vineyards to develop extra from that area.
“It’s not the most important wine list in Australia, we hold a cap on numbers.
“We’ve all the time tried to work with the propagation of the Italian varieties into Australia, which is type of increasingly widespread and evident in high quality.”
That push for high quality Italian varietals led the sommelier on a hunt to supply the best of the best imported into the nation.
“There are lots of of people that import and distribute wine throughout Australia.
“I feel typically you could be a bit narrow-minded and perhaps concentrate on one provider an excessive amount of, which perhaps makes your list look just a little generic.”
Before Otto, Mr Hunter labored with e’cco Bistro, serving to choose its wine list for a few decade.
Before that, he determined to stay the lifetime of a sommelier “after trying and realising, rather than going to university, I could try and make a career in hospitality”.
Receiving the award left him left speechless.
“The Good Food Guide is held in such esteem, so to win a nationwide award like that was superb, not just for me however the workforce round me.
“It’s a fantastic reflection on what we’ve labored so onerous for during the last two-and-a-bit years.”
Drew Creighton is a reporter and viewers engagement editor on the Brisbane Times