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One of the most eagerly anticipated and colourful events of the world’s wine calendar has just passed – the release of the new vintage of beaujolais nouveau.

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One of the most eagerly anticipated and colourful events of the world’s wine calendar has just passed – the release of the new vintage of beaujolais nouveau.

Now, wine afficionados are racing to get their hands on the French wine as more than 65 million bottles – nearly half of the region’s total annual production – are sent round the globe.

Wine marketing aside, beaujolais remains ever popular because it is about as close to a white wine that a red wine can safely get. Apart from being served chilled, its unique pressing ensures it is a wine of freshness and vitality, not overtly full-bodied.

The release date was the third Thursday in November, as it always is, but we in Perth are starting to get it now.

Look out for it, especially great brands like Georges Duboeuf, in good bottle shops and better restaurants now.

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WHILE debate still flickers about Perth’s impending liquor licensing reform, it will be with a touch of nostalgia that those at Sassella’s Tavern will pause on December 8 to remember tavern pioneer, George Sassella.

It was Mr Sessella who was granted Perth’s first tavern licence 35 years ago this year.

Recognising the need for a venue to serve beverages (not just beer and spirits), without having to purchase a meal, plus a venue that provided live music and was non-restrictive to women, Mr Sessella operated his tavern successfully for many years.

The bar still has a few regulars, even some from its first years, and has stood the test of time while many of its contemporaries have fallen by the wayside. Sassella’s is still in the hands of the Sassella family.

 

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FROM the team that brought us Maurizio’s comes another delectable Italian concept.

Calling Collie Street in Fremantle home, Dolce & Salato combines the sweet and savoury flavours of Italy, or as some would say, the best of both worlds.

Dolce & Salato plans to specialise in traditional Italian dolci (sweets) and cicerchiata, taralluci, fiadone, bocconotti, biscotti and other authentic Abruzzesi delicacies. And pizza a taglio is baked fresh every day.

STANDING BY BUSINESS. TRUSTED BY BUSINESS.

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