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Published June 11th 2018
Fine wine with charcuterie and cheese
It's relatively early on a Friday afternoon and the water filled green vase before me appears to be filled with small, identical, translucent, balls. Briefly agitating this receptacle provokes them into bouncing gently off each other in exaggerated slow motion, as if astronauts walking on the surface of the moon. I surmise mildly that they must have the consistency of jelly.
Above, next to a pair of brightly glowing purple neon lips, a teal coloured alien, eyes glinting hollows of darkness, stares towards me with what I like to think is a look of compassion. Or maybe judgement. I can't decide. Perhaps the expression is inscrutable intentionally, a blank slate upon which can be perceived and projected, reflected in those same bottomless eyes, one's own unconscious insecurities, fears, mistakes and regrets.
Urban Wine Room, opened in the latter half of 2017 on Wright Street, serves a variety of punchy, complex, predominantly local Shiraz and Cabernet varieties with a staggering collection of lesser known producers. Looking for a A King Marananga Shiraz from The Mysterious Mr Blacks? A #3 Syrah from VHS? Or perhaps another delectable offering from Lost Buoy Wines, whose vines, growing within 50 metres of a cliff edge, are basted by sea spray rising from the Great Southern Ocean below?
Fittingly, charcuterie platters are available for enjoyment with the wines. Ashed oozy Brie and sharp Oaked Cheddar is paired perfectly with Les Deux Coqs saucissons, rillettes, terrines and meaty and flavoursome bresaola. The saucisson is pleasantly toothsome; the meat and fat providing ultra-luxe savoury umami. A touch of acidity and sweetness options are offered to cut through the richness of cheese and meats with cornichons, sultanas, Uraidla strawberries and Magpie Springs figs but also a range of lesser-known Australian produce. Here, fresh and pickled items such as caper berries, finger limes, green ants, lemon myrtle, quandongs, muntries and Kakadu plums are featured on the menu as well as salty, crunchy, sea blite. All or some of the above will be available at any one time.
Although outnumbered by the wines, there are a few craft beers and a larger variety of gins available, and I am told the entire collection, much like the food menu, is ever changing, a shifting, rotating, confluence of different producers and seasonal produce. The source of this information? An exuberant, knowledgeable and friendly host, whose name I, unfortunately, cannot recall.
The opening hours are 2pm to 5pm Wednesday to Friday, with extended opening hours of 2pm to 10pm on Saturday.
Urban Wine Room can best be summarised as an eclectic wine bar with a buzzing vibe, where you can stop for a few glasses of wine from an inspired list of local producers paired perfectly with a delicious charcuterie platter very much in the style of "could you just put together a platter of what tasty niblets you have in the kitchen?" before heading home or to your next evening rendezvous.