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Sunday 10 July 2016

A superb wine and food venue in Adelaide

Some wine and food outlets are cold. Just a tad too too serious.

Others are just a little too loose, with mayhem on the horizon. 

One place that gets the wine, food and ambience just right is East End Cellars, tucked away in a mews street in Adelaide's funky East End, but extremely popular with those in the know. 

The 70-seater Tasting Room at East End Cellars is a breezy, friendly space that hits just the right note - with friendly knowledgeable staff and a wine selection by the glass that combines good-value imports with local secrets.

Opened in 2014, the facility aims to change the way people enjoy and buy wine. Visitors can choose any bottle from the retail shelves (or a premium wine from The Vault cellar) and enjoy it on site for the additional payment of a minimal corkage charge. 

The setting is unashamedly urban, but also casual. On Friday nights it is packed to the rafters. You can even sit outside on a sunny day. 

No wonder if four people can split a good bottle of Burgundy or Barolo in a comfortable ambience without busting the bank.  

The Tasting Room moved across Vardon Lane in the city’s East End two years ago and the new space allowed the business to take on a new direction. 

Owner Michael Andrewartha said: “We have been in the wine business for the better part of
30 years. Over this time, we have seen a growing desire for customers to revel in the wine selection and education experience and The Tasting Room meets this need.

“The Tasting Room has many offerings, but we are especially delighted to showcase a different South Australian winery for tasting each week."

The Tasting Room also hosts private wine dinners, international winemakers and wine education courses.

When I visited recently the whites by the glass included the SC Pannell 2016 Pinot Grigio for $12 and the Sebastien Dampt 2013 Les Beugnons Chablis for $18.

The reds included the juicy quaffer La Cabotte 2014 Cotes du Rhone (imported by EEC) for $12 and a Mac Forbes P3 2015 pinot blend for $14 and there is also a selection of craft beers and spirits.

To accompany the wines there is an extremely tempting selection of charcuterie and cheese platters, including some standout French fromages

There was also a tasting flight of three La Cabotte Rhone reds and matched cheeses for $25.

Very cool. I'll be back. 

East End Cellars, 23-25 Vardon Ave, Adelaide. (08) 8232 5300. 

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