Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Meet the new wine bar with room for just five tasters


Adelaide's newest wine bar can only seat five people at a time. 

Unico Go, created by Unico Zelo founders Brendan and Laura Carter, will open its doors this tomorrow at the rear of BRKLYN cocktail bar in Adelaide’s CBD, in what was formerly a recording booth.

After witnessing the positive impact of its digital happy hour Wine for the People - which was created during the initial wave of pandemic lockdowns in 2020 - Unico sought a space to continue to grow that connection with its community. 

Unico Go (‘go’ meaning five in Japanese) will showcase a rotating selection of five Australian and international wines curated and served by Team Unico in collaboration with guest sommeliers.

Expanding not only the way a wine brand traditionally interacts with its audience, but also the concept of a wine bar itself, Unico Go will form the backdrop for season two of Wine for the People

On top of these live episodes, each service at Unico Go will be live streamed via social media platform Twitch, with people from all over the world able to tune in to ask questions of the sommeliers - or just see their friends’ faces for a digital drink.

“We've all been hit hard this past year - some of us are still separated from our families by national or international borders," says Unico creative director and co-founder Brendan Carter.

"Some incredibly talented hospo workers and somms are also out of work and we want to invite them to come in and curate the wine list for their shift, have a bit of fun and basically enjoy the easiest night of work they’ve ever done! 

"It’s an opportunity to have an intimate drink with some of the most talented wine minds in Adelaide and invite your mates to tune in if they want to.

"Basically, you never have to drink alone if you don't want to - no matter where you are in the world or what your version of lockdown looks like. The space is tiny, but really fun - you can book out the space for yourself and four mates if you like. We want it to feel like a hospo lock in, but open to anyone".

The wine menu will rotate weekly and will always include one or two Unico Zelo drops, alongside a selection of local and international wines. 

The launch menu has been curated entirely by Team Unico, including Unico Zelo Sea Foam Pet Nat and crowd-favourite Esoterico, alongside 2020 Sven Joshcke La Eleanor Sangiovese, 2016 Cantina Giardino Tutu Skin Contact Fiano and 2018 Domaine Buisson-Charles Bourgogne Blanc Hautes Coutures. 

A small snack menu will be available courtesy of neighbouring hot-chicken restaurant Cheekies. The wine list will be constantly updated, with guest sommeliers beginning to rotate through the venue later in the year.

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