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Cassoulet de Toulouse Dinner at Bellota

$95.00 per person
6:30 pm Thursday

Perhaps there is no dish in the Southwest France more iconic, cherished, and controversial than the cassoulet. Cassoulet was originally a food of peasants–a simple assemblage of what ingredients were available: white beans with pork, sausage, duck confit, cooked together for a long time. To warm you up on a cold Thursday night, Chef Nicky Riemer […]

For all that we already know and admire the Yarra Valley for, one thing that may come as a surprise is that women winemakers make up a vital and increasing percentage of the most influential winemaking positions in the region. In percentage terms this equates to 12% of the 150 brands that populate that zone and […]

COURSE DATES (Tuesday evenings between 6 – 8 pm):Tuesday AUGUST 29th – OCTOBER 17th, 2017EXAM is on OCTOBER 24th at 6 – 7 The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is intended for those with little previous experience in the field of wine and spirits. Students will also be introduced to the main styles of wines produced by […]

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Burgundy Tutored Tasting 1:30 PM

$90.00 per person
1:30 pm Saturday

You Are So Going To Want Them! My extensive tastings of this vintage from barrel and tank during late autumn made it clear that this will be one of the half-dozen top vintages for Burgundy of the past generation. STEPHEN TANZER 2015 – A Great Vintage, Indeed the Greatest Since the Legendary 2005. BURGHOUND I […]

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Super Piemonte Saturday

Saturday 5th August 12-2pm: $15 refundable on purchase over $100. What’s not to love about Piemonte. The breathtaking scenery, the incredible food, friendly people and most importantly the home of the greatest wines in Italy. What’s more we are living in the greatest epoch in this region’s storied history. At no time before have the wines […]

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The partners who curate Prince Wine Store can help you find the perfect wine

Michael McNamara

London’s traditional wine merchants were an inspiration for the early visions Michael had for a business that he would later grow as Prince Wine Store.  After completing degrees in Journalism and Industrial Relations at Deakin and Melbourne Universities respectively, Michael moved to London where he worked with UK independent wine retailer Odd Binns at the height of its popularity. Returning to Australia, he worked across wine retail and importing, moving into the role of Imported Wine Buyer at Philip Murphy Wine & Spirits where he met future business partner Alex Wilcox.  The two bonded over a shared vision in growing the customer base for high-end wines such as Bordeaux and Burgundy beyond the elite.  His time as a partner at Italian wine wholesaler Trembath & Taylor refined his vision, but it was his buy-in of the Prince Wine Store in 2003 that allowed him to explore the potential of a retailer growing beyond its scope. Michael has played a key role in the group’s growth beyond its humble beginnings, and into the bigger picture it projects today. Now with retail stores in Melbourne and Sydney, Michael is passionate about growing the group’s impressive portfolio of producers, and profiling these in their Melbourne wine bar, Bellota and its upcoming Sydney equivalent.

Alex Wilcox

Law school didn’t stand a chance with Alex Wilcox, when a cycling trip through the vineyards of Europe during university sent Alex off in a new direction towards what would become a lifelong career in the world of wine. Whilst completing an Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney, with a year spent at California’s UC Davis focusing on Wine Trade, Alex worked wine vintages in France, Tuscany and Western Australia. Realising he wasn’t destined to inherit a European vineyard, Alex followed his future wife to Melbourne where he went onto work across all aspects of wine trade, including service, retail and importing. It was during his time working at Phillip Murphy Wine & Spirits in the late 1990s that Alex met future business partner Michael McNamara; a partnership that was formalized when the two bought into the Prince Wine Store a number of years later. Over the last 13 years, Alex has been instrumental in the growth not just of the group and its breadth of offerings, but of lesser-known, quality wine producers he has worked with Michael to source and develop. With stores now in Victoria and NSW, Alex looks forward to expanding the Prince Wine Store’s customer experience to Sydney and beyond.


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