Wine consultant Peter Bourne is chuffed with the suggestion that the Leura Garage wine list is a cellar door for the vineyards of the Central Ranges of New South Wales. He says ultimately the format wine lists take reflect the restaurant owners' philosophy, desired price points, and prospective audience."
Owners father and son, Peter and James Howarth, were looking for local wines and Peter's final comment was to focus on the Central Ranges with European wines from France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Austria for interest, and Champagne as a highlight,"
Peter Bourne says. The Central Ranges wine region covers Mudgee, Orange, Cowra, Canowindra, and Bathurst and Peter has snuck a wine in from the Megalong Valley as well.
"The wine list is regionally balances, affordable, and easy to drink," he says. "This is a list designed to sell. Sometimes you see wine lists that have a lot of show ponies that are there to see and not drink. "There are a few lesser known wines that are not bouncing off the list and they will need to earn the confidence of the Leura Garage client base."
That client base will be diverse indeed, from locals settling in for the afternoon to tourists with a spare hour moving through the mountains. With this in mind there is a good range of wines available by the glass and considerable effort has gone into selecting the five Leura Garage house wines and brand.
"I'd like to think that winemakers will drop in and check up on the wine list as well. They may like to drop off samples as they cross the mountains as they commute from their vineyards to and from Sydney."