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Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards

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03 Sep Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards

It was some decision to leave my Head Sommelier role at Quay amidst its heights as Australia’s Best Restaurant to join a group relatively unknown to Australian dining. I left to open something unique in Perth. The Print Hall launch was a glorious project for all and we were boots and all from day one. In comparison to what I had worked on before the brief was refreshingly simple,

“write Australia’s best wine list … go.”

Writing that list and assembling the wine was the most uplifting period of my career thus far. Katie and I had just purchased our first home and I assembled the list from our new kitchen table. Watching the winter weather roll through the yard,  I felt wind under my wings like never before and I won’t forget it. Thank you Chris Morris, my good friend Lyndon Waples and the Colonial team for their well placed confidence.

I was fortunate enough to attract a crack team of young sommeliers and restaurant managers to run the restaurant under my direction. Of that bunch Matthew Bell was my right hand most days, and both hands when it came to administration and fine detail. We all owe Matty a great gratitude for his talents. As a team we all agreed on the goal – be the best , and we set about achieving it. We took a clean sweep of the Australian Wine List of the Year Awards and the local restaurant awards over a two and a half year period between 2012 and 2015. We even managed top it off with john Lethlain’s tick as Australia’s Hottest Wine Venue and WA’s Hottest Restaurant.

Then, under our feet a badly timed mining downturn saw the company apply sharp tactics and practically collapse the program overnight. It was an eeire end for the new star Perth diner and its wine list that had won everything – including the elusive  ‘Grand Award’ by Wine Spectator, only the 2nd Australian wine list to achieve this. We had lit up the city with a flash, that faded just as fast. I wish the guys at Colonial Leisure Group all the very best with their next iteration of Print Hall.

 

Best New Restaurant -2013 The West Australian’s ‘Good Food Guide Awards’, Rob Broadfield

Best Sommelier (Dan Wegener)- 2013 Australian Hotels Association Western Australia, Bradley Woods

Best Australian Wine List – 2013 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, Peter Forrestal

Best Australian New Wine List (Tony Hitchin Award) – 2013 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, Peter Forrestal

Best CBD Wine List – 2013 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, Peter Forrestal

Best Aperitif List – 2013 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, Peter Forrestal

Best Wine List of Western Australia – 2013 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, Peter Forrestal

Hottest Wine – 2013 The Australian ‘Top 50’, John Lethlain

WA’s Hottest Restaurant – 2013 The Australian ‘Top 50’, John Lethlain

Best Restaurant – 2014 The West Australian’s ‘Good Food Guide Awards’, Rob Broadfield

Best Wine List- 2014 The West Australian’s ‘Good Food Guide Awards’, Rob Broadfield

Best Wine List – 2014 Gourmet Traveller ‘Australia’s Best Restaurant Awards’, Max Allen

Best Sommelier (Dan Wegener) – 2014 Australian Hotels Association Western Australia, Bradley Woods

Best Digestive List – 2014 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, Peter Forrestal

Grand Award – 2015 Wine Spectator Wine Lists of the Year Awards (Australia’s 2nd only recipient)

 

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