Giorgio de Maria is aware of wine. Before beginning his breezily named distribution and session firm Giorgio de Maria Fun Wines, the Italian native organised such vino-centred occasions as Rootstock and That’s Amore
“Wine was always on the table when I was little,” says de Maria. “Then when I was 15, I started working in restaurants and it led to my career. Now I go see [other places] to support them and for work. It’s always interesting to see what’s going to happen.”
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We requested de Maria for his insider recommendations on the place to take pleasure in wine in Sydney.
Where’s Nick – Marrickville
“It’s a relatively new place in Marrickville, where there is still not much of a scene for wine bars. They open at a pretty low budget – $12 to $16 by the glass – but the owners [Julian and Dominic Abouzeid] work really hard with the wines. They have a very good selection, and a very interesting way to display wines by the glass. They always keep an eye on sustainable wine, and something different and unique. They’re also very attentive to Australian wines. In terms of food, it’s quite a limited selection, but it’s a great place to go and drink if you’re in the area.”
Monopole – Potts Point
“It’s a classy place, the place you possibly can go to discover wines which are fairly uncommon and a few previous vintages. They even have Bentley Bar in the town. Nick Hildebrandt is for positive one of many best sommeliers in Australia, and he’s received fairly a wide selection of wines. If you want a particular wine for an important day, he’ll discover it. Obviously the costs are greater, as a result of all these vintages and particular labels are fairly expensive. But it’s additionally one thing you’ll be able to’t discover anyplace else.”
Dear Sainte Eloise – Potts Point
“This is also in Potts Point, but in a more pedestrian[-friendly] area. They have a really lovely outside area open until 10pm. Matt Swieboda is one of the top guys when it comes to wine. He’s always on the look out for Australian wine, and he works directly with some producers. He also works with European producers showcasing special bottles. It’s an especially great place to drink riesling – you find a love of great stuff there. It’s a bit more vibe-y and vibrant: there’s a lovely room inside, but often you end up having a glass of wine outside with a lot of familiar faces.”
Poly – Surry Hills
“These are the individuals from Ester. It’s a terrific spot to have a few nibbles earlier than or after dinner, however for me it’s extra of a wine bar. And the proprietor, Mat Lindsay, would say the identical factor. There is an enormous number of wine. They have a bar space and in addition loads of tables in the center. I actually take pleasure in sitting on the bar.”
Ode – Bondi
“This is a relatively new place. Four friends have opened it together. One of them literally built it, one of them is a chef, and the other two are basically front-of-house. They focus a lot on natural wine and low-intervention wine, a little bit from Australia but mostly from Europe. It’s a beautiful long bar with tables on the other side. Very cosy and casual, but delicious food. The staff are very relaxed and helpful. Everything has been built and designed in a very thoughtful way.”
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