Adelaide Hills winery Unico Zelo has opened a small five-seat wine bar in a recording studio inside Brklyn on Rundle Street.
Inspired by Japan’s small bars that “do a lot with very little”, Unico Go (“go” means five in Japanese) is housed in the former Groundfloor Radio studio. It features a rotating selection of five wines curated and served by the Unico team in conjunction with guest sommeliers – there will always be a Unico Zelo drop or two, alongside a selection of local and international wines. The launch menu includes Unico Zelo’s Pet Nat ‘Sea Foam’ and the crowd favorite Esoterico, as well as Sven Joshcke’s 2020 Sangiovese ‘La Elanor’, 2016 Fiano Skin Contact ‘Tutu’ Cantina Giardino and ‘ Hautes Coutures » Domaine Buisson Charles Burgundy White 2018.
A small snack menu is available courtesy of neighboring Nashville-style fried chicken joint, Cheekies.
“I’ve always been fascinated by very small bars – I find them very fun and intimate; quirky and different,” said Brendan Carter, co-founder of Unico Zelo with his wife Laura Carter. Large format Last year. “It will probably be the least profitable wine bar in the world, but that’s not the point.”
The opportunity to move into Brklyn’s in-house recording studio was “really, really convenient,” Carter says. After launching a digital happy hour, wine for the people at their Gumeracha cellar door during last year’s nationwide shutdown, he and Laura wanted to bring the series to town.
“When this space appeared and [Brklyn owner] Rashad [Chenia] got in touch, that was the first thing we thought of – that we might actually have a dedicated recording studio. And also be downtown. Gumeracha is one hell of a hike. There were a lot of guests who just couldn’t catch up.
Unico Go will be the setting for the second season of wine for the people. In addition to these live episodes, every Unico Go service will be streamed live via the social media platform Twitch, with people around the world able to tune in to ask the sommeliers questions – or just see the faces. of their friends for a digital drink.
“There are still some of us who live opposite of our friends and family, and we want to continue to create a space of connection that endures beyond this time,” Carter says. “Basically, you’ll never have to drink alone again if you don’t want to. And locals who watched the show can come watch a livestream, sit next to us, have a glass of wine, and interact a little further.
For those drinking IRL, “this is an opportunity for an intimate drink with some of Adelaide’s most talented wine minds,” says Carter. “We want it to feel like a hospitable confinement, but open to everyone.
“A lot of times the people standing behind the bar have to kind of fade away. They serve the drinks and then they’re not part of the scene anymore and I think that’s a sad thing – you start to losing that interaction, which is important, especially with something like wine which can be very complex. Somms can help break things down and make it more simple, fun and enjoyable.”
The small space is extremely minimal, with a single L-shaped wooden table in the center of the room and red neon signage. “It’s kind of fun and stretches our muscles in the site department,” Carter says. “Maybe it won’t be the last we do.”