Wine and cheese bar now on national radar
AFTER just six months in business, Just Wine and Cheese at the Port of Airlie has made Gourmet Traveller Magazines’ Australia’s Wine List of the Year 2014.
Airlie Beach’s Just Wine and Cheese bar received one wine glass in the magazine as a recommended wine list for foodies and wine lovers to try.
In order to receive a wine glass recommendation, the wine list is assessed on content, balance, suitability and presentation and must meet the standards of a national panel and international jury.
The duo behind Just Wine and Cheese Heidi and Courtney Harbers were thrilled to receive the recommendation as it was their first time entering the competition.
“We decided to enter because we want to put Airlie on the map,” Heidi Harbers said.
They believe the recommendation is an example of culinary progression in the Whitsundays.
“There are some lovely places to dine and drink here. We want the region to be recognised for more than just a party town,” she said.
The mother and daughter team were inspired to create the bar after listening to the customers of their other venture, Moroccan-inspired res- taurant, Cha'mah. “We had customers saying there was no where to go for a quiet drink – no where to go that doesn’t have food associated with it,” Heidi Harbers said.
So the Cha’mah owners decided to put a wall in between the Moroccan restaurant and turn the first half of the restaurant into Just Wine and Cheese.
FINE WINE: Just Wine and Cheese owner Heidi Harbers is thrilled to have her wine list meet the standards of Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine’s Australia's Wine List of the Year 2014.