Wine, food and Chinese antiques

July 2008

have to tell you I had a little trouble finding this one, but then I am geographically challenged.

John Cunnington's Art of Wine & Food (Unit 10/14 Green Street, Banksmeadow, Ph 9363 2817  www.artwinefood.com.au) has relocated from Queen Street Woollahra - and that's a relocation in more ways than one. John shares the warehouse space with his wife Lynette's collection of superb Chinese antiques. I trotted over there on a recent Saturday.

This is for the true wine and food geek and if you have any of those close to you - or indeed admit to yourself that the description fits - this is where you come for gifts or to treat yourself. Books  rare and precious and merely curious: corkscrews (Mr Cunnington collects them) through the ages; absinthe glasses; French provincial plates; old menus; and one of the most intriguing and bizarre items described thus: "French artist Gerard Puris recycles champagne and wine capsule foil to produce captivating decoupage-type colourful works of wine-related images."

You gotta see it. If you remember the paintings that hung around the old Clock dining room when the late Anders Ousback redesigned it - they were collected by John and he still has many similar works. Another good reason to get out the street map. Open Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11am-5pm or by appointment.

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