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Guest Selector ➺ Sam Christie

Serial Restauranteur

Sam Christie is a serial restaurateur from Sydney, whose impressive career has so far spanned more than 3 decades. 

Working in some of Australia’s most iconic restaurants, Christie began his journey at the quintessential Bayswater Brasserie, before moving on to three-hatted Bilson’s followed by multi-award winning and internationally renowned Tetsuya’s. 

Christie opened his first venture, Longrain in 1999 in Sydney’s Surry Hills, the restaurant and Christie himself soon gained popularity and the ground breaking modern Thai restaurant was expanded to Melbourne and Tokyo.

“A bunch of great wines from makers I have either a personal connection with, or are firm favourites that I often list.”

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Sam Christie 6-Pack

INCLUDED IN THIS PACK

A versatile and highly drinkable selection of wines by Director and Sommelier of The Apollo, Longrain and Cho Cho San, Sam Christie. 

Featuring wines that frequently feature on his wine lists and some personal favourites from his highly regarded importers and producers. These wines are made to take the indecision out of food pairing as they can be enjoyed with any cuisine!

Featuring:  

2020 Jim Barry, Assyrtiko 
2018 Monte Carbone - Soave Classico Garganega 
2020 Cobaw Ridge, Il Pinko Rosé 
2020 COS, Frappato 
2020 Pierre-Marie Chermette, Griottes Beaujolais Gamay 
2017 SC Pannell Grenache, Shiraz, Touriga 
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Creator of some of our most loved restaurants

Sam is now partnered alongside Executive Chef Jonathan Barthelmess in two of his latest ventures, the beloved modern Greek taverna The Apollo and the izakaya inspired Cho Cho San, both in Potts Point NSW. 

He continues to take charge of writing the wine lists ​​at both restaurants, creating a sample of his favourite gluggable wines from local wine maker and importer friends. Christie promotes wine education among his team and customers alike, keeping a focus on both classic and alternate varieties that are highly drinkable and pair well with food. 

@samgchristie @theapollosydney @chochosansydney

Explore Sam’s Selections

Jim Barry Assyrtiko 2020

Greece’s most well-regarded white variety Assyrtiko – is originally from the island of Santorini – but it is now planted all over Greece and in the Clare Valley. This expression cries out for some barbequed seafood and a squeeze of lemon.

Monte Carbone Soave Classico Garganega 2018

Just saying soave is almost enough. This stylish label and bottle belies the fact that this is a truly complex, slightly pithy, textural yet clean expression of Garganega.

Cobaw Ridge Il Pinko Rosé 2020

Made from shiraz grown by the incredible Cooper family, this is a serious yet super glug-able wine. It is easily one of the best rosés in the country.

COS Frappato 2020

Probably one of the lightest red wines doing the rounds, this Frappato loves a slight chill and can be drunk day or night, with nothing or everything.

Pierre-Marie Chermette Griottes Beaujolais Gamay 2020

Highly consistent, entry level Beaujolais that exemplifies the grape variety by being both complex, light and very drinkable.

SC Pannell Grenache, Shiraz, Touriga 2017

GST. This wine is no tax on my palate, lovely spicy, juiciness and balanced, it comes from three varieties. Steve Pannell has a masterful touch, it would be great to drink with Pepperoni pizza.