Wine and cheese bar now on na­tional radar

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

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.

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