November 2016

Brad Rey, of Zonte’s Footstep gave us a few minutes of his time to answer some getting to know you questions and his thoughts about The General.










  1. In 50 words or less, how would you describe yourself for people getting to know you?

Born in Canada, studied architecture, fell in love with food & wine industry. Consummate consumer, easy going, generous, no frills kinda guy. Canadian. Old Farty. Social beast.


  1. What’s your favourite Canadian pastime/food, and why?

Ice hockey, I was born in July and started skating at 6 months old. I’ve always been involved in skiing. One of the things I miss the most is the food, good quality Canadian maple syrup, good authentic Mexican food and pumpkin pie.


  1. What was your inspiration for wanting to start up The General?

We have been in the business for a long time. Didn’t want a cookie cutter type of business. We wanted somewhere to go to share the things we love. The brand is most important


  1. Where has your passion for food and wine come from?

I started off working at McDonalds when I was 13 as a night shift manager, then onto Earl’s, which is a huge chain in Canada then when I was 17 & 11 months old I started managing a bar. I trained to be a chef and received my “blue paper” (the Canadian equivalent). I also owned a single malt bar for 15 months. With wine I want to put a smile on peoples faces.


  1. What makes The General unique?

The fact that our fresh food is fresh, we have an immersive culture all about exploration. It’s a communal place where we can come together, how I can show my love to people is how I feed them. The people is what makes the General most unique . All of us involved in it, this is our family, there is no clock on or clock off.

We sat down for five minutes with Ben Riggs, of Mr. Riggs Wine Co., for an interview about himself and his passion for food and wine and the inspiration behind The General Wine Bar & Kitchen.


  1. In 50 words or less how would you describe yourself (for people getting to know you)?

I am active and passionate about the industry I work in and the community in which I live. I’m a real sports nut and am actively involved in my boys basketball club.

  1. What was your inspiration for wanting to start up The General?

Global domination…. Jokes… I like making things that people like to eat and drink. I wanted something to be the face of what I do and love and to be different to all other offerings.

  1. Where has your passion for food come from?

My mother was an amazing cook she used to make things like schnitzels (which were fancy back then) and croissants. She still cooks the same stuff now as she did 30 years ago. It was amazing. There were always people at our table having a meal on the weekend, we would have 15 people come over for breakfast. Sometimes my friends would even say they would come over just for my mum’s food!

  1. What makes The General unique?

The offering is a set menu, we cook what is fresh, local and delicious. People are given the opportunity to grow and evolve and perhaps try things they hadn’t tried before. The Cellar Door is a Wine Bar, there is nothing like it. The structure of the wine tasting and the food offering is a winning equation.

  1. What’s your favourite food and wine combination?

Um…. I actually haven’t thought about that. It’s a hard one. Rose champagne and oysters.

The General Wine Bar & Kitchen is unique in that we select for you the food we love, the wine we love. Essentially we offer to you a little piece of ourselves. We are in our wine, in our food and in our service. It is for this reason that we want to introduce you to the people of The General. These people are integral to The General and the brands they represent, Mr. Riggs Wine Co. and Zonte’s Footstep. So please stay tuned as over the week we introduce the faces that are so important to us and our future.


On 19th October, we were lucky enough to host the 2016 launch of the Fleurieu Film Festival. It was a great opportunity to test out our processes; delicious food by Chef Ben Sommariva & Marc Howard and wine by Mr. Riggs & Zonte’s Footstep were enjoyed by all. Although the build wasn’t complete, the awesome vibe of the building was definitely felt.

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