Elevate your drinking experience with unique beers, wines, spirits, and a truly luxurious Bordeaux, all from Kingswood Liquor Store, which is under new ownership. New manager, drinks expert Adam Lennon, gives his top picks.
1. The crisp, refreshing beer: Fuggles & Warlock The Last Strawberry
“This Richmond brewery tends to do quirky, weird things and they use good ingredients, with no artificial flavours, ” says Adam. “This is a hazy straw yellow Belgian wit with just a little bit of a white head. It’s got a strawberry and yoghurt taste with a little bit of vanilla and is tart, crisp and refreshing – great for summer.”
2. The affordable, light red: Cave Saint Desirat Syrah
“This is the best French red I’ve had at this price point ($13.70),” says Adam. He likes its medium-bodied, fruit forward taste and the low tannin that makes it not too acidic. “It’s an approachable all-rounder – smooth, easy and perfect with barbecue food,” he says.
3. The perfect pairing with seafood: Country Vines Winery Yee Haw Pinot Gris
You know this is a special wine at one look. “It has some contact with the skin before pressing, which gives it a light peach/pink colour,” explains Adam. “On the nose, there’s spring flowers, honeycomb and citrus. It’s very dry with notes of pear, lemon and apricot, then a long, creamy finish.”
4. The quirky spirit: Lucid Spirits Apple Whiskey
Kingswood Liquor Store was the first of just three stores to stock this, which is handmade in Delta. “It’s smooth, well balanced with a nice bit of natural sugar,” says Adam. “You get a really fresh, juicy apple flavour all the way through, and a gradual heat.”
5. The once-in-a-lifetime Bordeaux: Le Pin Pomerol 2001
Only 500 cases of this were made, so Kingswood Liquor Store is likely to be the only liquor store in the region where you can buy it. “It has a deep ruby colour and on the nose, there’s crème de cassis, cherry liqueur, caramel, licorice and plums,” says Adam. “There’s low acidity and extraordinary ripeness – perfect for drinking now, but still with plenty of potential for further ageing.” This is not an everyday drinking wine – it retails at $7,995 – but according to Adam, it’s worth every cent.
Kingswood Liquor Store is at 9371 No 5 Road, Richmond and is open every day from 9am to 11pm. Find out more on Facebook and Instagram, @kingswoodliquor.