Sydney wine bar The Wine Library has relaunched under the direction of its new owners, who hail from Merivale and Monopole.

Chef Matt Taylor (ex-Bentley, ex-Monopole), sommelier Tim Perlstone (ex-Merivale) and Sam Jones (ex-Monopole) have taken over the Woollahra venue, steering it in a new direction with a new menu focusing on quality produce.

Taylor has devised the menu, which is broken down into smaller plates and more substantial items.

“Simply put, we’re a local wine bar serving epic food, while remaining interesting and approachable,” he says.

Highlights include Hiramasa kingfish with miso, finger lime and black garlic and beef tartare with hazelnut, capers and sherry. More substantial menu items include mac and cheese with smoked speck and beef cheek with parsnip puree and mushroom.

Customers can also choose from a selection of cheese and cured meats, while dessert options include toffee baked apple with yoghurt custard and almond.

Perlstone, who is one of 20 Advanced Sommeliers in Australia, has curated the almost 500-strong wine list, featuring local and international drops.

For those who fancy themselves a wine buff, the mystery blind option for $14 a glass is a must. Guess the grape, country and region correctly and it’s on the house.

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