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WA finally takes advantage of sunsets and wine

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It's taken a few years for WA to start taking advantage of its beautiful coastal sunsets, but it finally seems to be coming of age.

It’s taken a few years, but West Australians are finally getting facilities to enable them to enjoy a glass of beachside wine with friends and watch the sun go down.

The Sunset Balcony at Sunset Wine provides a great spot to watch the sun go down.

The Sunset Balcony at Sunset Wine provides a great spot to watch the sun go down. Image supplied.

Visitors from the east coast, who mostly get sunrises rather than sunsets, often wonder why there’s not more infrastructure to allow people to make the most of some delightful sunsets.

We’ve certainly seen an increase in the number of beachside restaurants over the past few years. And the development of the Scarborough beachfront is helping to focus locals and visitors on the delights of sharing a glass of something nice and watching the sun go down.

It was five years ago that -- an annual celebration of mostly West Australian boutique wines, beers, ciders and spirits, combined with fine tapas-style food and live music -- was launched.

It’s proven a great hit and the 2018 Sunset Wine on the coast at Scarborough will be held on February 17-18 from 2-8pm at Brighton Reserve, demonstrating the demand for fine wine and a good sunset.

Event organiser Richard Campbell says a few small tweaks will be made to provide even more expansive views of the ocean for the events second year at Brighton Reserve.

Opening times have also been slightly extended to allow people to take full advantage of the afternoon and evening.

“We’ve opened it up to allow even better views of the sun setting and we’ve added an extra half hour at the start of the afternoon and half an hour at the other end of the day to really extend the sunset experience,” Richard said.

The event will be a great experience to gather with friends, listen to live music, sample beautiful WA boutique wines and watch the sun go down.

Richard said the event provided a great opportunity to sample wines from some of WA’s less well-known wineries, as well as some old favourites.

As well as wines to try, visitors can buy a glass of wine to enjoy at the show or bottles to take home. A wine locker on site allows bottles of wine to be stored until it’s time to go home.

Tapas, pizza, sliders and other festival food will also be available.

The popular Sunset Balcony will be back for 2018, providing lounges and high bars with uninterrupted views of the ocean, and a great spot to do a bit of people watching.

This year will also see a Summer Sparkling Bar, where people can choose from a range of sparkling styles including Pinot, Rose, Shiraz and Pet Nat, then sit back on the grassy slopes and enjoy the sound of local musicians.

Justin Martins, a pop acoustic act, will play his brand of upbeat music (he's likened to Jason Mraz, but with the chilled out vibe of Jack Johnson), from 2-4.45pm on both days.

From 5-8pm, acoustic cover band Felony Trio will provide their modern take on the best music of past and present.

There are two ticket types this year: a general tasting glass for $26 pre-purchase, or $30 at the gate; and a Plumm tasting glass for $36 pre-purchase, or $40 at the gate. Children under 18 years are free accompanied by a guardian.

Both ticket prices include booking fees and provide complementary wine tasting and live music.

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