Wine Bar

Melbourne, Australia

Marion Wine List

About Marion

One of the venues of Chef Andrew McConnell’s empire proudly boasting several reputable outlets including multi-awarded Gimlet, Marion was the fourth shingle to join the squadron in 2015, after seven years in the making. Sharing its wine cellar with McConnell’s neighbouring business Cutler&Co, a staple in the fine dining landscape of Melbourne, it has since become an all-time favourite watering hole in Fitzroy. Located on the idyllic Gertrude Street and open every day from 12 till 10pm, it is both a refuge for the thirsty shopper looking for a respite and for anyone who loves lunching with a great glass of wine.

I am particularly fond of places where the wines by the glass pair with the food menu without intentionally trying to push on the guests the upsell of the food + wine pairing narrative. It is a wine bar after all, with some of the wines by the glass coming in 100ml and 150ml pours giving the choice to the guests to taste at their own pace. The bottle selection comes in two forms; a handy short list, pleasing drinkers with an easy-to-navigate concise choice with some cleverly picked wines under $100, and an extended version categorised by grape varieties, then by region with some intersections highlighting styles. Dominated by classic wines from iconic wineries to smaller producers, with a neat placement of lo-fi wines, the approach is all about wines of balance where the long-term engagement of the sommelier fuels its creativity. With a coach like Group Beverage Director Leanne Altmann, and with access to a stack of wine allocations along with being part of the McConnell’s group, the sommelier has a wide choice of wines to play with in a busy wine bar frequented by a top regular clientele.

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