Fix Wine Bar & Restaurant and Wine Club
Fix Wine Bar was previously known as Fix St James. It’s been around since 2006, near St James Station at 111 Elizabeth Street in the city. The owner and sommelier is Stuart Knox, known for wearing red shoes and for his love of introducing people to new and interesting grapes, wine styles and labels. He’s got some pretty big feathers in his cap, like being the SMH Good Food Guide Sommelier of the Year in 2012 and being a Len Evans Scholar (which is a pretty big deal).
The restaurant is fantastic. I hadn’t been in for some time, but the 1kg T-bone still sits proudly on the menu. The wild boar meatballs and whole rainbow trout also look pretty appetising.
But what jumped out at me was the wine list; pages and pages of awesome wines from all corners of the globe. Rare (and expensive) labels like Joh Jos Prum (incredible rieslings), ‘amber’ wines (white wines made like a red, which are incredible when you try them but also a little confronting at times), and various other bits in there too. I just sat there with the wine list, thoroughly enjoying the read. It even has some explanations, as well as a few little jokes thrown in.
So imagine how excited I was when I found out that Fix now has an online wine store. This guy speaks my language: interesting, different wines that really get you thinking.
I jumped on to fixwine.com.au
to check it out, then I discovered the wine club. Simply tell him the kind of thing that you like and he’ll send you six bottles (or a dozen if you like) each quarter for about $180, or $340 for the dozen, and this includes freight. So for about $30 a bottle you’re getting awesome wines chosen for you and shipped to your door. It’s like having your own personal wine shopper doing the work for you.
My first pack arrived the other day and I was really happy with the selection. Two wines from one of my favourite little producers (Ruggabellus), and then a bunch of other wines that I hadn’t come across before. It’s a great way to find new and interesting stuff.
Of course there are plenty of other fascinating wines available for sale on the website, so you can add a few additional bottles as you browse. You can also set your preferences (reds, whites or a mix) and you’re not locked into any contracts, so you can cancel whenever you like or skip a shipment if you’re heading away. And you get first access to interesting wines that Stuart buys before he sells them through the store to the general public. It’s a pretty bloody good deal.
It’s probably worth making it clear here that I get no commission for this. Fix is just a great little wine club that I’m pretty excited about and I wanted to share the good news. I only wish he shipped a little more often!