Burgundy by the Beach

This beachside wine room boasts more than 400 bottles.

By Terry Christodoulou 20/09/2019

A more than 400 strong wine list is enough to grab anyone’s attention, dive deeper into the list and see a 2015 Gerard Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache, a small producer the result of a father and son team who still use traditional techniques and you realise the extent of Coogee Wine Room’s offering.

The multi-levelled venue sits a block away from the shore in the beachside Sydney suburb of Coogee. Recently opened by locals Tom Hardwick and Michelle Morales and managed by Brooke Adey (ex -Bea) vino-centric establishment has a view sure to tickle any wine enthusiasts fancy with its encyclopaedic wine list that champions choice across every spectrum imaginable.

Coogee Wine Room

Photo: Steven Woodburn

“We’ve worked hard to create a balanced list that showcases the best examples of wine varietals that are synonymous with the great wine regions of the world. There’s a lot of smaller, boutique producers on the list but at the end of the day, we love great wine, no matter who produces it,” says Tom.

Of the 400+ wines, about half will be priced at more than $100 per bottle, plus there will be a collection of limited-edition, hard-to-find back vintages available for the discerning hobby-sommelier.

Coogee Wine Room

Photo: Steven Woodburn

The local haunt has a number of substantial dishes from Head Chef Sandro Di Marino (ex-A Tavola). Med-inspired, you should be thinking Sydney Rock oysters, Cantabrian Spanish anchovies with coffee butter, Baccala fritto with yoghurt and pickled red onion. For a light lunch go with the Greek-inspired char-grilled octopus with lentils and for something a little bit heavier try the 800g steak with rocket and Reggiano.

The space itself takes inspiration from the seaside surrounds, with Green hues from the nearby Coogee Beach featured in timber clads and echoed by the tiling wrapping the façade. Designed by Architects TomMarkHenry (Bistecca and Indigo Café) the team utilised industrial elements of the building such as exposed brick walls and concrete floors but have softened the space through warm timbers, rich leather and marble.

www.coogeewinebar.com.au

Coogee Wine Room

Photo: Steven Woodburn

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