Steves on top of list
STEVES Bar & Café general manager Glen Parsons attributes the Nedlands venue’s recent award success in part to creating a new wine list every six to eight weeks.
The Avenue bar and restaurant won Wine List of the Year for the second consecutive year and Restaurant within a Tavern at the recent Gold Plate awards and earlier in the month received the Wine List Award at the AHA Hospitality Awards For Excellence.
Mr Parsons, who previously worked with the McHenrys from 1999-2005, said regularly changing the wine list allowed different winemakers to come in and show them what was available.
He said there were so many great wine regions like the Swan Valley, Margaret River, the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, it was important to change things up for the customers.
But one staple on the wine menu is McHenry Hohnen, which was co-founded by Steves owner Murray McHenry in 2004.
The McHenry chardonnay, Steves’ house wine, was recently named in the best wines under $25 in James Halliday’s top 100 that was released last week.
It’s been recognised as the best chardonnay in WA and third best in Australia.
Mr Parsons, who returned from Sydney with his wife Cindy and children Amalie (8) and Oliver (5) two years ago, said the awards were good for team building.
“It ensures the effort the guys put in gets recognised and they get a night out to celebrate,” he said. “It’s also an advertising point for us because there’s so many restaurants in the market and competition is fierce.”
Steve's general manager Glen Parsons believes regularly reviewing the best wine Australia has to offer has led to business and award success.