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Local Bloke… Dan Farrenc From Rose Bay

By Dan Hutton on March 8, 2016 in People

Photo: Grant Brooks

Photo: Grant Brooks


Local wine afficionado Dan Ferrenc is, among other things, the owner of Bellevue Hill Bottle Shop. He shares his local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here?
About 18 years with a brief stint in the UK. I eventually bought our unit in 2005.

What’s your favourite beach?
Bondi, especially early or after hours when the locals are out. It’s the most beautiful mix of people enjoying the outdoors.

What’s your favourite eatery?
I can’t choose just one. Definitely Bondi’s Best on Hall Street and Brown Sugar on Curlewis Street; both have awesome food and friendly, Australian service.

Where do you like to have a drink?

I work some hefty hours at the Bellevue Hill Bottle Shop, so I love to catch up with friends over at their place with a few favourite wines from our shop. We solve the world’s problems many times over while enjoying some hidden cellar wines.

Do you have a favourite sporting team?
Just watching the kids play sport on the weekend is enough for me.

What music are you into at the moment?
I’ve been going back to late 80s and early 90s dance. My kids would be embarrassed to know I was dancing in the car to Bizzare Inc’s ‘I’m Gonna Get You‘.

Who is your favourite person?
Nelson Mandela: wise, patient and humble.

What do you do for work?
You can find me at the Bellevue Hill Bottle Shop. I have owned and managed the store on Bellevue Road for eight years. We also offer Boozehound, for Eastern Suburbs immediate booze delivery, as well as HalfBottles.com.au and GinHeaven.com.au.

What’s your favourite thing about your work?

Tasting some truly amazing wines. We taste over 100 wines each week and we share our favourite picks with our patrons.

What do you get up to on the weekends?
On weekends I love to unwind in the kitchen. I always go for a swim and maybe a surf at Bondi, and we generally spend some family time together as the week is hectic with school and work. And, of course, it’s my duty to keep our regulars from getting parched!

Do you have a favourite quote?
”What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favourite day,” said Pooh. – A.A. Milne

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
When visiting anywhere, leave that place in a better state than you arrived.