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Fix St. James: Wine Bar Review


Fix St. James: Wine Bar Review

On a funny weather Friday night the WineChatty team hit wine bar Fix St James, a low key casual wine bar and restaurant located on Elizabeth Street next to David Jones. It has a relaxed after- work vibe with mostly suits but guys in T-shirts and shorts do not look out of place propped against the bar. This night we had a bigger group than usual on our Friday night jaunts, comprising 100% of scientists (current, former and those transitioning between current and former).
A full menu is available for those coming for a proper meal. However we were content to snack on a good looking cheese platter (5 cheeses, $34) and some satisfying thick cut chips ($9).

It is a straight forward and unpretentious wine list (the introductory line states: “Wine is nothing more than fermented grape juice…”) that is much easier to navigate than other tomes I have come across. Wines are introduced by the glass on the first page and arranged by varietal for the remainder of the list (apart from one small section ” The Variety Is Irrelevant Wines”).

As we all arrived at different times, we started with a flask of Silent Way Pinot Noir, Highlands Vic. 2014 ($38, 500ml). The flask in question is actually a laboratory’s conical flask which appealed to our group of science nerds. The pinot had an earthy woody aroma and bright fruit with forest floor notes on the palate.

This was followed by the Lambert ‘Rochette’ Chenin Blanc, Chinon, France 2011 ($88 for the bottle). Floral, honey notes but also has a baked goods/cookie smell I cannot pin down. This had an elegant balance between fruit and acidity. We were originally going to order another 500ml flask but were recommended to upscale to 750ml bottle (between 7 people) which turned out to be a good call as it was a tasty, sophisticated drop.
We scoped another table ordering the Cherubino ‘Laissez Faire’ Syrah, Great Southern, W.A. 2013 ($89 a bottle) which sounded like a great idea. Initial savoury flavours followed by concentrated dark fruit. It is complex and layered but also approachable and a crowd pleaser.  Winner for the night.
We asked the sommelier where to move on from there and were given a sample of Eloquesta Shiraz, Mudgee, N.S.W. 2012 ($16 a glass) which was incredibly aromatic but we were looking for something with a bit more intensity on the taste. We were recommended the Roche-Audran ‘César’, Côtes du Rhône, France 2011 ($95 bottle). Among the blends involving Grenache, this was one better balanced and another big hit at our table. However our FLS* (who hasn’t found a Grenache he fancies) was not entirely convinced, leading the sommelier to throw down the challenge on our next visit to find him a Grenache that he would actually like.


Challenge accepted! We will be back!


Fix St James is a solid place to try out some tasty wines in a relaxed unpretentious environment.

Fix St James

Address: 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
Across from the NSW Supreme Courts & around the corner from both the Theatre Royal and State Theatre.

Telephone: (02) 9232 2767

Monday to Wednesday – Food 12pm – 9pm. Drink 8am – 10pm
Thursday – Food 12pm – 9.30pm. Drink 8am – 11pm
Friday – Food 12pm – 10pm. Drink 8am – 11pm
Saturday – Food 5.30pm – 9pm. Drink 5.30pm – 10pm

Counter lunch special. $20 Monday to Thursday

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Peter Tan
Dilettante. I had to look that up.

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  1. Keen to see what they bring out for the Grenache challenge next time we’re back.

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