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We have got the best amount of Autumn fun you possibly could ever have, and it’s so easy to take part! The question is do you need 6 Bottles of Baie Saignée, a $100 Food Purveyor Chocolate Hamper, $100 PJ Voucher from Stone and Grain and a $50 NETFLIX Voucher for the best ever ‘night in’?
We are super excited to launch our ‘in store’ competition with a number of our amazing local wine stores. All you need to do to win is:
- Visit your local participating wine store
- Buy a bottle of BAIE Saigne’e
- Complete the entry card tied to the bottle and hand in to the staff member at your store
- Repeat as many times as you like until May 30th when the winner will be drawn!
Participating stores are Ocean Grove Cellars, Nardi’s Cellarbrations, Randall The Wine Merchant, Farm Foods Queenscliff, Wine Domaine, Cellarbrations at Chas Cole, Union Street Wine, Bottles & Barrels, Barwon Heads Winestore, St Leonards IGA, Point Lonsdale IGA and Steve’s Liquor Highton.
Welcome to the BAIE Wines Series – ‘Wine Lives’ bringing you up close and personal with some of the fascinating people in wine that we get the pleasure of working with. This week we are delighted to introduce you to Peter Fyar – owner of Ocean Grove Cellars. Peter is a wealth of knowledge and always has a spring in his step and is a fantastic supporter of local wines. He loves a bit of banter and we love him for it. Here’s a sneak peak into his wine life…
Peter, you are obviously a veteran in the industry having run bottle stores for around 30 years now… where did it all begin?
In the 70’s I was working as a Primary School teacher and a colleague at the time whose family was interested in food and wine dragged me a long to a back door wine sale at one of the local pubs in Ballarat. I told him I was a ‘beer’ bloke only, but went along and we picked up 3 dozen bottles of Penfold’s wines for around $3 a bottle – they were great wines – and I was hooked! Fast forward many decades in the public service it was time to make a change for what had now become a huge passion, and I opened Jack’s Wine and Spirits in Newtown, Geelong. Some years after that with young family in tow we ventured to Ocean Grove to open Ocean Grove Cellar and the rest is history.
It’s like choosing a favourite child I know, but what’s your all time favourite wine?
That’s a very hard one… there’s been a few… I certainly enjoyed the ’83 Grange that I had a Tetsuya’s last year in Sydney for my anniversary, I’ve had it in the cellar for 20 years and it was sublime. But as they say… ‘there are no great wines just great bottles’, but definitely was one of the great ones for me. I would have to say I have a European palate – great French wines for the Rhone and Bordeux are superb and being a wine merchant I have had the great privilege of special tastings and allocations of some highly covetable wines form these regions.
What do you love about what you do?
I’d have to say it’s the interaction with our customers, talking about wine and food and wine matches and providing good old fashioned advice, knowledge and service that makes people’s day.
Lastly Ocean Grove Cellars is obviously a family affair, with you working closely with son Isaac to run the business, tell us more?
I really like working as a team with Isaac, we have similar passions in wine and there is nothing better than sharing a great bottle with him. Working with him broadens both of our experience and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Good luck to all in entering our ‘Night in with BAIE Saignée’ Competition – don’t forget to jump into your local participating store and grab you bottle of Saignée for a chance to enter!
Happy Happy Autumn Days! Cheers Nadine and Simon