Sommelier at the Argus Dining Room & Bar Jeremy Shiell received a golden tick of approval on Monday night at the Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards in Melbourne with the restaurant’s wine list being awarded three glasses.
The accolade is similar to that of winning three chef’s hats, so understandably Jeremy and The Argus team are thrilled with the recognition at these prestigious awards.
Jeremy, who has been with The Argus for almost 18 months says the wine list development has been highly interconnected with the restaurant’s paddock to plate food offering.
“It is immensely satisfying to create a three-glass worthy list and to receive recognition from experts in the industry. My role has been to build a wine list that offers choices to complement and enhance the food experience and we have some great varieties on offer.
“The Argus has a strong commitment to great wine, including sustainable, low-intervention producers from around the world and local product as well. The last-few years have seen a dramatic sea-change in wine, and I’m proud to champion these changes in an approachable, educational manner,” he says.
The Argus Bar & Lounge wine menu offers an enormous 475 wines for guests to choose from, 15 of these are available by the glass and the selection includes a mix of local, interstate and international offerings.
The Gourmet Traveller Wine Award judges not surprisingly delivered a glowing review of The Argus wine selection.
“This is a list that cries from the rooftops with innovative, artisan, sustainable wine producers with rotating features on winemakers like benchmark Bindi of Victoria and fine Champagne grower-producer Ulysse Collin. It’s a cutting edge selection that steers down the natural wine path, but doesn’t forget to include fine examples of all genres. Wonderful stuff,” it said.