Wine voices – Karen Gough, Co-owner, Settler’s Tavern

“It’s a big circle really; at the Tav (Settler’s Tavern) we have loads of wine industry people; winemakers, all the second winemakers and the people doing vintage. They’re keen to try everything we’ve got. When we first came here you could only get Margaret River wine. It was difficult. People frowned on us having, say, a South Australian wine, but you have to be able to benchmark and explore.”

“We’ve built our list over the years and Perth people especially know about it. Easter and public holidays we go through a lot of very interesting wine. We’ve worked hard at it, bringing what we knew and changing the dynamics of how a place should be.”

“Rob [Gough] was a sommelier in San Francisco, and I imported Australian wine. There were places where you could go up to the bar, sit next to anyone in your jeans and sneakers or your opera gown. We wanted to have a place that we would like to go to; a no-brainer; know that you could get a good wine and something good to eat.”

Max Brearley

Author Max Brearley

Max Brearley is a food writer, critic, consultant and host working with The Australian, The Guardian, Halliday, Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Truffle Kerfuffle, Conde Nast Traveller and delicious. to name just a few. A passion for a good yarn and great produce has seen him forage for native foods in the north west of WA, follow abalone from ocean to plate in the south west and dig for black truffles in the towering Southern Forests. He’s also been known to cast a critical eye over a meal or two for The Australian’s annual Hot 50 Restaurants and delicous., as well as producing written, visual and event content for organisations across Australia and globally. Whilst a proud Yorkshireman; he’s been moving south for much of his life. Relocating from London to Perth in 2012, a move to the southwest soon followed, where life girt by sea and vines is more than agreeable. Instagram: @max_brearley / Twitter: @maxbrearley / Web:

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