As a 19 year old with a penchant for cheap and nasty wines (and I use the term 'wines' very lightly here) I'll admit I was no expert in the field of finer things. There was a whole greener pasture out there and I was about to get a delicious introduction. Starting with white wines I was introduced to Andrew Thomas, a brewer since 1997 specialising in Semillon and Shiraz. Before leaving I'd mentally noted a whole bunch of terribly pretentious words in the hope I could bluff my way into the almost poetic art of describing wine, and I was ready to use them. But upon meeting Andrew it was clear these boys knew a thing or two about their business and I was about to get a serious education in Wine Appreciation 101.
The vibe was upbeat as people bustled about discussing the wines and taking in the beautiful views of the Newcastle harbour and for a moment I could almost pretend I wasn't easily the youngest person there. Each of the brewers was undeniably knowledgeable and happily answered all of my rookie-esque questions about how they make their wines (apparently they don't crush the grapes in a giant tub with their feet anymore, who knew?) what inspired their flavours and what it's like to be in the business. Everyone is open and conversation is welcomed, it's a great social event for anyone looking to meet some new people and have an undoubtedly great time.
I definitely recommend giving the pop up wine bar a visit; it's the perfect balance between entertainment, education and the feeling you only get relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.