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Old Skins with A New Spirit

12:00 pm Saturday

This tasting highlights winery “makeovers” with new winemakers at the helm of established estates. This fascinating tasting looks at what “fresh blood” is doing at established estates. The estates in question include Medhurst (Simon Steel), Yarra Yering (Sarah Crowe), Hanging Rock (Rob Ellis), Punt Road (Tim Shand) and Sutton Grange (Melanie Chester). Not surprisingly this is also […]

Christmas Shopping Night 1016

6:00 pm Wednesday

As the festive season starts to rev up and another Christmas approaches we at the Prince Wine Store are starting to feel the joy. This time of year means many different things to different people, but for us it means great wine, great food and good times. That said, we would be delighted if you […]

Every year we taste a lot of wine. Many of the things we get to see are very good, some are great and a few are sublime. While it is often not possible to say what the greatest wine we may have drunk in any 12 month period may be, it is possible to narrow […]

Bellota NYE Dinner 2016

7:00 pm Saturday

Bellota will open this New Years Eve with a special set menu with a glass of Vilmart Grand Reserve on arrival. Following the fantastic fun had by all for NYE at Bellota in over the last three years, we are hosting a special degustation, Five course dinner menu designed by chef Danielle Rensonnet for $120.00 per person.Glass […]

Inaugural Burgundy Grand Cru 2013 Horizontal

$3,995.00 per person
10:30 am Saturday

Welcome to Prince Wine Store’s inaugural Burgundy Grand Cru Horizontal. This event is the wine event of the 2016/2017 calendar and the first time all Grand Cru Vineyards from the same vintage will be lined up alongside one another in a tasting in Australia. As Burgundy geeks the concept of terroir is paramount when tasting. […]

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Clare Valley Wine Show Report

Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be an Associate Judge of the Clare Valley Wine Show. I was fortunate enough to work under Nick Stock, Chief of Judges and alongside Ian Riggs (Brokenwood) and Ian Hongell (Peter Lehman). Wine Show Judging is always an eye opener. The Australian system is rigourous and fair […]

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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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