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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wine Hub : Dempsey Hill Visit (09 Oct 2007)

I have not been down to Dempsey Road recently. When I was invited for dinner with Wine Course mates there yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised at the astonishing transformation. When originally I used to hang out at The Wine Company, the place was a sleepy, ulu (off the beaten track) forested area. Now with the setting up of a whole street of al fresco bars, pubs and restaurants, the newly coined Dempsey Hill is bustling with vibrancy and excitement. However, it has been infused to retain a quaint and bohemian relaxed environment, akin to an oasis of calm culture in a city dictated by efficiency and modernization. Perhaps what they need a few more Art-cum-Restaurant outlets to extenuate that feeling. The National Art Council should consider bringing in some shows and art galleys; they will be a perfect fit. For a Tuesday evening, when I was there, most restaurants already had guests opening a few bottles of wine and having a leisurely snack and cheese before dinner. The place is still dominated by expats and well-heeled socialites, but I am sure it will be discovered by more yuppie locals soon.
The first place I visited related to wine was Angel’s Share restaurant and wine bar managed by
wine retailers The Ninth Vine. The “Angel’s share” name is unique as it describes is the portion of wine that disappears from the barrel during the ageing process. Myth has it that an angel “accepts” the offering of wine, to which she graciously returns many extra dimensions of flavour to the remaining wine in the barrel.
As can be seen from the pictures, they have done a great job furnishing the place with both outdoor and indoor interior design with both about 3000 sq ft each. The layout of the outdoor with the lush greenery and forest setting is reminiscence of a Balinese style spa resort, and from the interior it looks like modern sophisticated Aussie winery cellar door.
I found that the wine cellar itself was pretty cramped and did not offer much space to move and choose wines. Also most of the bottles were horizontal, great for ageing, but not so great for selecting a wine. Perhaps having a display bottle or label beside the designated shelf will help. But as I understood from the waitress, most of their guests would rather have them recommend than choose themselves. Angel’s Share wine list was Aussie biased, though they had a range of New Zealand, French, American, Chilean wines too. They are definitely on the higher end of the wine spectrum in terms of pricing.
Another great thing I found on their website, is that they have a designated driver program. i.e. a personal chauffeur service that will drive you back in the comfort of your own vehicle, so you can drink to your heart’s content.

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