Newly opened on the 20th November, this hidden underground wine bar is certainly headed for stardom. Deli Wine Bar tucked off bustling Foveaux Street is completely unassuming, except for its neon signage of an arrow pointing towards the back-alley door. If you know where you are going, then you will find it, but otherwise it would be quite difficult to just stumble across Deli Wine Bar. Head through the decoratively painted double doors and head downstairs into the cement playground. Smelling rather damp it's hard to know if it's the venue or the cheeses which exude a tangy smell in the air. Many intimate booths are scattered along two main walls with vibrant green lamps decorating each table.
If the decor is not appealing to you, then the menu will be. The wine is served by the glass, half glass, carafe or bottle and the choices are extensive spanning McLaren Vale to France to Spain. We chose the 2010 Malbec from Langhorne Creek, SA 'Colours Negre' for a comfortable $70 and we were not disappointed. If you know your wines and appreciate stellar quality, then Deli Wine Bar will appeal to your taste buds.
But is doesn't stop there. That's just the wine menu. Now it's time to team the decadent wine with some decadent cheese. It's not only cheese they serve, there's oysters, charcuterie, breads, pickles and even my favourite, salt and vinegar crisps. Back to the cheeses and the list is a little daunting but exciting at the same time. We would ordinarily ask for assistance but decided the Le Conquerant camembert from Lombardy, Italy and the Pyengana mature cheddar from Dodgeville, USA both for $6 sounded too good to bypass, so they were our choices. As the cheeses are not served with crackers or breads the lovely assistant suggested we order the Nelson Road sourdough cob for $7 and the fig and aniseed fruit bread for $3 to accompany our cheeses.