#mclarenflat Tag

The General is lucky enough to have Kate Hanson, a McLaren Vale local, as our Cellar Door Manager. We sat down to ask her some questions to get to know her.

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

I am a driven focused mum to two awesome little beings! I love to laugh, often at myself.  Constantly love to challenge myself and I am always trying new things. I always seem to have a lot on my plate, and that’s the way I like it.


  1. What’s your favourite thing to do in your down time?

I love to hang with Poppy and Harvey, my kids and my family and friends. I LOVE being outdoors, and being active! When time permits, I am also chipping away at a Physiotherapy degree.


  1. Why do you want to work at The General?

I feel privileged to work with very talented chefs, and passionate and excellent staff. I love telling the stories of the wine and meeting new people and welcoming back regulars. The space we work in is AWESOME too!


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

My dear dad, rest his soul, challenged my palate from a very early age. He loved to cook, and my fondest memories of him are always associated with food. My interest in wine was initially fostered by my Grandfather (Dad’s dad) who was something of a connoisseur and always brought fantastic bottles of wine to our family dinners.


  1. What makes The General so unique?

Our offering sets us apart straight away I think! We offer a 3 course set menu that is the same for everyone that joins us on any given day. This is quite novel for the region, but everyone loves it! We have such a beautiful setting, with beautiful wines to compliment the experience.  Come and see for yourself!

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.