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PWS Spain & Portugal Course NOVEMBER 2017

$350.00 per person
1:30 pm Saturday

The Spanish and Portuguese course provides an introduction to the exciting wines of the Iberian Peninsula.  This course is designed for consumers and hospitality professionals, concentrating on the main production areas of Spain and Portugal, what is behind the label of the wines on your local bottleshop shelves and at restaurants. Celebrate the tapas culture […]

WSET Level 2 INTENSIVE – 13th- 15th NOVEMBER 2017

$780.00 per person
9:30 am Monday

Course Dates:Monday NOVEMBER 13- 9.30 am – 5.00 pmTuesday NOVEMBER 14 – 9.30 am – 5.00 pmWednesday NOVEMBER 15- 9.30 am – 4.30 pmThe 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 […]

PWS Introductory Wine Course – NOVEMBER 2017

$350.00 per person
6:00 pm Tuesday

The Prince Wine Store Introductory Wine Course has been developed in order to teach interested consumers, amateurs and industry beginners about the various aspects of wine, simply and informally. While the course covers topics such as basic wine history, wine making, great wine regions of the world and the buying and storing of wine, a […]

PWS Barolo Masterclass & Dinner November 2017

$350.00 per person
6:30 pm Tuesday

An intensive look at the spectacular wine region of Barolo in Piedmont. Nebbiolo here is King producing wines of great complexity and elegance. This informal intensive course is a must for anyone interested in unravelling some of the intricacies of this complex and dynamic wine region.As the often overused saying goes: Barolo is the king […]

Course Dates:Monday  NOVEMBER 27 – 9.30 am – 5.00 pmTuesday NOVEMBER 28 – 9.30 am – 6.00 pm last hour focused on food and wine matching.Wednesday NOVEMBER 29 10 – 9.30 am – 6.00 pm – last hour focused on food and wine matching.Thursday NOVEMBER 30 – 9.30 am – 5.00 pm Friday DECEMBER 1 – 9.30 am – […]

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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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