Queensland Winner

OTTO, BRISBANE

Otto, Brisbane

Level 4, 480 Queen St, Brisbane
(07) 3835 2888


ottoristorante.com.au/brisbane

CUISINE Italian
Wine list Alan Hunter
Wines on list 280 (40 by the glass)
Wine prices $$$ ($14-$120 by the glass)

Anyone dining at Otto Restaurant in Brisbane could be forgiven for thinking that they had crossed hemispheres and stepped into Italy’s finest. An Italianate menu and a superb list to match.

Strongly focused on Italy the list might be, but it does not restrict diners from flexing their options from a wide array of excellent wines. There are many Australian wines with an Italian accent, but also fine wines from traditional grapes and regions, local and offshore.

The By-the-Glass listing is a strength and the use of Coravin allows wine lovers a glass of Conterno, Fantino, Quintarelli and many other special bottles to start. The collection of Champagne is not lengthy, but it is high quality – familiar names such as Pol and Krug, as well as exciting growers like Selosse and Collin.

Many fine names, like Kusuda, Main Ridge, Bindi, Melton, d’Yquem, Moss Wood, Henschke, Roumier, are littered throughout, but well known and highly regarded local sommelier, Alan Hunter, has ensured that this is a list that would make the most parochial Italian proud. Personally, Barolo and Montalcino really step up.A deserving winner of the Best Wine List in Queensland.

KEN GARGETT

Finalists

Blackbird

Tenancy 4, Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane
(07) 3229 1200

blackbirdbrisbane.com.au

CUISINE Heritage Australian BBQ
WINE LIST Marcel Thomson and Penny Grant
WINEs ON LIST 550 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$55 by the glass)

From the moment this list opens up, there’s joy and deliciousness on every page. Firstly, it is a delight to peruse thanks to its beautiful yet simple layout leading you towards an outstanding by-the-glass compilation or a fine selection of Queensland producers. It traverses through varieties adding diversity and depth comprising options other than the usual suspects, for example Australian pinot noir might include Gentle Folk from Adelaide Hills or Principia from Mornington Peninsula. The international choices are top class and sealing the deal with this superb list.

Stokehouse Q

1 Sidon St, South Brisbane
(07) 3020 0600

stokehouseq.com.au/restaurant

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTAleks Balodis
WINEs ON LIST 586 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($11-$35 by the glass)

Aleks Balodis has curated a wonderful wine list that’s perfectly pitched to its food-savvy clientele. The extraordinary list of Champagnes sets the scene with on-trend varieties like picpoul, gamay and nebbiolo sharing  equal billing with the classics. The selection of dessert and fortified wines caps off this stellar wine list.  

Glass-Rated

Arc Dining

5 Boundary St, Brisbane
(07) 3505 3980

arcdining.com.au

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Ian Trinkle
WINEs ON LIST 350 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$70 by the glass)

This is a fine example of a new list from leading sommelier Ian Trinkle. An abundance of riesling, Jura and mineral whites are perfectly paired with the seafood and lifestyle on Brisbane riverfront. Ganevat, Raveneau and Radikon heaven, strong pinot noir game and aromatic reds aplenty.

Aria Brisbane

1 Eagle St, Brisbane, Qld
(07) 3233 2555


ariarestaurant.com/brisbane

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTAlex Kirkwood
WINEs ON LIST 880 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$200 by the glass)

This illustrious Australian wine list continues to impress with the length and breadth of a former Judy Hirst winner. A glorious collection of local spotlights, iconic reds and a wealth of Arbois see this list confidently straddle the bridge between establishment and the avant-garde.

* Aria, Brisbane has recently closed its doors.

Bacchus South Bank

9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane
(07) 3364 0870

bacchussouthbank.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Andrew Giblin
WINEs ON LIST 600 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$70 by the glass)

These days with so much competition, it can be hard to stand out as a hotel restaurant but Bacchus holds its own. And it helps when head sommelier, Andrew Giblin, has been instrumental from the start. His list charts a safe passage through varietals and respective regions think Mosel and Clare Valley riesling, pinot noir from Central Otago and Burgundy with a solid list of shiraz from the Barossa Valley, Granite Belt and beyond.

Baedeker

111 Constance St, Fortitude Valley
(07) 3257 4482


baedeker.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Mark Guarrera
wines ON LIST 322 (37 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($12-$38 by the glass)

Given Baedeker pays tribute to the golden age of glamour and travel, it’s only appropriate that the cornerstone of the list is the Champagne offering. Significant effort has gone to procuring bottles and magnums that date back to the ’60s, with prices beyond reasonable. So too, a monthly Coravin program offers mini verticals of older Penfolds, Tyrrells, Moorilla and the like. Great to see a small list with thought and emphasis on older wines from key vintages. This is a bottle selection to splash out on.

Balfour Kitchen

37 Balfour St, New Farm
(07) 3358 8888

spicersretreats.com

CUISINE Vietnamese
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST 72 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$25 by the glass)

Balfour is a thoughtful list of Australian family-owned labels that complement this fresh, colourful Vietnamese kitchen. The likes of Delatite, Moorooduc, Tscharke, Koerner, Murdoch and Lark Hill set the tone for a small, but beautifully formed wine list. From a 75ml splash to an armful of magnums for celebrations among friends, this list makes for good reading, good drinking and good times.

Bella Venezia

95 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
0412 677 336


bellavenezia.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Todd Young
WINEs ON LIST 247 (37 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$40 by the glass)

Established in 1983 this velvety, gilt restaurant retains its plush, old-school feel. A well-rounded cellar complements the styles of the restaurant, and includes plenty of established, iconic producers with a track record for quality. Mini flights of Giaconda and Leeuwin give you a sense of it, with mature back vintages and celebratory Champagnes to indulge in. Coravin provides something special by the glass, and a significant cocktail menu imparts further depth to the variety of the beverage program.

Billykart West End

2 Edmondstone St, South Brisbane
(07) 3177 9477


billykart.com.au/west-end

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Ben Roberts
wines ON LIST 29 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($11-$16 by the glass)

There’s a relaxed appeal to the small wine list at this South Brisbane eatery. A tight-knit collection of fresh whites and regional red varietals from across the country includes the likes of Timo Mayer, La Violetta, Logan and Ministry of Clouds.

Black Hide By Gambaro

Level 1 Treasury Casino Building 130 William St, Brisbane
(07) 3306 8420


treasurybrisbane.com.au/casino-restaurants/black-hide

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Antoine Heurtier
WINEs ON LIST 133 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$27 by the glass)

To accompany Black Hide’s 15 prime beef cuts and bountiful seafood menu is a well-considered list that features established, benchmark labels from the best of Australia and beyond. The likes of Henschke, Rockford and Tolpuddle give you a sense of it, numerous back vintages give the list depth further enhanced by a solid spirit and cocktail program. A well designed, classic list, appropriately in keeping with the luxury furnishings and well-healed clientele of the Treasury Brisbane.

Blackbird

Tenancy 4, Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane
(07) 3229 1200


blackbirdbrisbane.com.au

CUISINE Heritage Australian BBQ
WINE LIST Marcel Thomson & Penny Grant
WINEs ON LIST 550 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$55 by the glass)

From the moment this list opens up, there’s joy and deliciousness on every page. Firstly, it is a delight to peruse thanks to its beautiful yet simple layout leading you towards an outstanding by-the-glass compilation or a fine selection of Queensland producers. It traverses through varieties adding diversity and depth comprising options other than the usual suspects, for example Australian pinot noir might include Gentle Folk from Adelaide Hills or Principia from Mornington Peninsula. The international choices are top class and sealing the deal with this superb list.

The Boom Boom Room

49 Elizabeth St, Brisbane
(07) 3243 4800


theboomboomroom.com.au

CUISINE European supper club
WINE LISTAshley Murray and Penny Grant
WINEs ON LIST 65 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$75 by the glass)

This supper club list is a late night adventure. Funky cocktails are inspired by Etta James, Stevie Wonder and Prince, while a cool glass list features Foradori and Gentle Folk. Splash out on Salon Champagne or Chiara Boschis Barolo and finish strong with single malt from the vault.

Bridgewater Q

Shop 2, 2 Dibbs St, Townsville
(07) 4420 4000


bridgewaterq.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTMatt Merrin
WINEs ON LIST 76 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8-$15 by the glass)

While Bridgewater’s list plays safe and small – with wines taking up two pages, what’s there is a nifty selection. For example, among the riesling, chardonnay, pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc are gems such as Jim Barry Assyrtiko and Nick Spencer Grüner. While more options by the glass would be welcome, what’s offered are pleasing and well priced.

Bucci

11/15 James St, Fortitude Valley
(07) 3252 7848


buccijamesstreet.com.au

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST Tanja Malone
WINEs ON LIST 90 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $-$$ ($11-$50 by the glass)

Bucci – a little slice of Italy in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Upon taking a seat in this polished and vibrant restaurant, you can look forward to an exciting blend of Australian and Italian wines that complement the food on offer. A wonderful selection of wines by the glass shows a broad selection of premium and accessibly priced wines, beers and cocktails. The by-the-glass list is very strong, offering Italian bubbles and still wines from great and revered Italian producers such as Gaja, Ferrari and Tenuta San Guido, alongside the local superstars Cullen, Mac Forbes and Deviation Road. Fancy a glass of Gaja Dagromis Barolo? Bucci enlists the help of Coravin, ensuring this is a fresh possibility. The list at large offers Ornellaia, Yalumba, Timo Mayer, Prunotto, Stefano Lubiana and Howard Park among many others. A varied list for sure. At Bucci Private Dining is an option, ensuring your every dining occasion is catered for. Bravo Bucci.

Carmody's

Olsen & Musgrave Ave, Southport
(07) 5532 1155

southportsharks.com.au

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST Socky Soares
WINEs ON LIST 103 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$12 by the glass)

While mostly a compact and conservative list that won’t frighten the clientele, there are some choice options at Carmody’s to keep any wine fan happy. For example, a Lethbridge pinot gris off the organic and sustainable range, an Allegrini Valpolicella off the international selection or a Wendouree on the premium page.

Cha Cha Char

Shop 5, Eagle Street Pier, Eagle St, Brisbane
(07) 3211 9944

chachachar.com.au

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Chris Higgins
WINEs ON LIST348 (33 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$150 by the glass)

As Cha Cha Char ia serious meat eater's paradise expect no less than an equally serious red wine dominant - make that Shiraz and blends dominant - wine listing. Indeed, the list truimphantly opens to an impressive Cellar Reserve listing of aged beauties (some under Coravin) such as Torbreck The Laird, Jim Barry's The Armagh, Grange and Wendouree. Australian producers are the stars and it's not all about red wines. A terrific bunch of Single Vineyard Chardonnays is a high point.

The Charming Squire

3/133 Grey St, South Brisbane
(07) 3077 7254


thecharmingsquire.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Darren Khan
WINEs ON LIST 148 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$13 by the glass)

This list features James Squire Ales and rich red wines suited to wood-fired and roasted meats. The main event is centred on robust and hearty Coonawarra cabernet, Barossan and McLaren Vale shiraz from titans like Glaetzer, Kaesler, Penfolds, Parker Estate and Mollydooker.

Cru Bar + Cellar

1/22 James St, Fortitude Valley
(07) 3252 2400


crubar.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Chris Walker
WINEs ON LIST 1,471 (119 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9-$160 by the glass)

Cru Bar’s By the Glass selection is a knock-out, starting with diverse and delicious wines under appropriate headings such as medium- and full-bodied whites or full-bodied reds. But wait, there’s more. Wines by the glass via Coravin ensure high-end, rare or older bottles can be shared. The list proper offers a fabulous selection of Queensland producers then continues to unfurl with page after page of excellence.

Cucina Vivo

1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
(07) 5592 8757

star.com.au/goldcoast/restaurants/cucina-vivo

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Timothy Willoughby
WINEs ON LIST 207 (39 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$-$$$ ($9-$35 by the glass)

Cucina Vivo – a fabulous cross section of Italian and Australian wines.  The list opens onto an extensive list of wines available by the glass. This spans many regions, and with a tip of the hat to great Australian producers, manages to focus in majority on Italian wines. We absolutely love the choice of 150ml, 250ml or 500ml, opening up a wide world of possibilities on the dining table. The main list contains a solid offering of prestige  Champagnes, Italian bubbles, Italian wines and 'New World interpretations'. There are many great value wines on this list, and no shortage of impressive premium wines, many with some age on them. Perhaps the biggest asset to this list is the affordability of the wines on offer, and the availability of premium wines, should you be in the mood to splash out (a 3 litre jeroboam of 2006 Ornellaia perhaps?), however, these are priced as one may expect. Settle in; Cucina Vivo has a vast number of wines to pique the curiosity, long lunches recommended.

Detour

6/11 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba
(07) 3217 4880

detourrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Damon Amos
WINEs ON LIST 48 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($13-$18 by the glass)

Detour has written a punchy one-page list of certified bio and organic, minimal additions and bare naturalist labels. Cullen, Castagna and Savaterre pave the way, followed by the next generation of winemakers on the rise, the likes of Gentle Folk, Somos, Koerner and Unkel to colour it up. This is a modernist list that reflects Detour's contemporary design setting and youthful appeal.

Donna Chang

171 George St, Brisbane
(07) 3243 4888

donnachang.com.au

CUISINE Modern Chinese
WINE LIST Ashley Murray & Penny Grant
WINEs ON LIST 130 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$75 by the glass)

The Donna Chang setting is chic and sophisticated, capturing the elegance of an era past, yet with a contemporary feel. So too, the wine list strikes the balance between the classic and the nouveau, both establishment and emerging talent. This is a beautifully composed document that encapsulates taste, presentation and creativity, from the bespoke cocktails, wines by the glass and bottle to the well-considered spirit collection. A terrific selection mapped out with clarity and skill. Congratulations to the authors.

Embassy XO

56 Duke St, Sunshine Beach
(07) 5455 4460


embassyxo.com.au

CUISINE Modern Asian
WINE LIST James Alcock & Chris Burton
WINEs ON LIST 180 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9-$19 by the glass)

Embassy XO offers a neatly-pitched list ensuring key varieties showcase diversity as much as provenance. There are treats along the way from Graci rosato, Sorrenberg sauvignon blanc semillon to Kuenhof sylvaner and surprises under headings such as Adventurous Light Reds.

Etsu Izakaya

1/2440 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
(07) 5526 0944


etsu.com.au

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Jamie Melvin
WINEs ON LIST 45 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($9-$18 by the glass)

Etsu Izakaya offers a sound wine selection bolstered by a knowledgeable and impressive array of sake, umeshu and shochu, which adds interest, texture and style to the palette of offerings. There is value in the pricing, with a good range of Japanese beer to wash away the week, or for something stronger there's a barrel strength Boulevardier which will be sure to set things straight. A small list that packs a punch.

The Fireplace

Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove
(07) 5636 6757

intercontinentalsanctuarycove.com/Fine-Dining-Restaurants-Bars/The-Fireplace-Restaurant

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Sacha Kanksy
WINEs ON LIST 346 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($11-$16 by the glass)

The Fireplace restaurant at Sanctuary Cove has a well-stocked cellar with plenty of iconic and classic Australian bottles on offer. Flights of Leeuwin & Henschke back vintages add depth, with a smattering of magnums throughout. The Old and Rare page is a highlight, as are the whisky drams. The prices are equally alluring, coaxing the wine lover to explore all four corners of the globe. Starting or finishing with a good bottle of Champagne would be the ticket. A solid hotel list with all the trimmings.

The Fish House

50 Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads
(07) 5535 7725


thefishhouse.com.au

CUISINE Australian/Southern European
WINE LIST Pietro Giorgianni
WINEs ON LIST 275 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$17 by the glass)

All corners of the wine globe are covered at The Fish House. Numerous varieties and styles, the organic, the conventional and the classics. And not just interesting and serious labels with some welcome bottle age, but youthful and emerging fresh-faced types that are reasonably priced and easy to enjoy. The list is bolstered by a sound selection of cocktails and spirits, to begin and end a day of beachside revelry.

Frederick's

2/32 Lavarack Rd, Nobby Beach
(07) 5572 4529


fredericksnb.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Jayden Barker
wines ON LIST 50 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$18 by the glass)

Frederick's is a small, nicely formed wine list that celebrates small Australian producers and interesting lesser-known labels from abroad. The selection embraces the new generation of lo-fi wines that are fun and accessible, with plenty of appeal to younger patrons. Continuing the theme, the beer and spirit choices are craft and artisanal by name and nature. To round out the list, Frederick's signature cocktails are diverse and appealing on the page. A colourful, kaleidoscopic selection that is thoughtfully constructed, with more than reasonable prices to encourage enjoyment, celebration and relaxation.

Gauge

77 Grey St, South Brisbane
(07) 3638 0431


gaugebrisbane.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jack Brooks
wines ON LIST 35 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($25-$14 by the glass)

A well-presented, thoughtful list, that supports a love of small producers and minimal-intervention styles. Succinct choices project a fun and colourful wine bar vibe. To start, a tight choice of aperitifs, and signature cocktails that take a twist on the spritz, margarita and negroni. Craft beer, artisanal spirits round out the mix with more than enough wines by the glass and bottle to explore the white, the amber, red and rosé, well-selected conduits to celebrate and enjoy the convivial world of good wine, food, friends.

The Glenelg Public House

9/2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
(07) 5575 2284

theglenelgpublichouse.com.au

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Dave Taylor
wines ON LIST 50 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $-$$ ($9-$12 by the glass)

The Glenelg Public House proudly specialises in beef, and provides an extensive offering of steak. As such the wine list is a well suited and interesting collection of wines that fit well with the theme of the restaurant. The highlight of this list is that the wines are well priced (both by the bottle and glass), and there are some distinguished names present on the list such as Cullen, Craggy Range, Moorooduc Estate, Gaja and Duval-Leroy, elevating this beyond the usual 'steakhouse' fare. There's an engaging selection of beers and a decisive range of spirits and cocktails.

Grape Therapy

471 Adelaide St, Brisbane
(07) 3102 7213

grapetherapy.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Federico Dordoni
WINEs ON LIST 211 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$39 by the glass)

Grape Therapy's list is bursting with energy and enthusiasm. Not only is it interesting and diverse but the choices are quality-driven, with some of the greats interspersed with some lesser-known Australian gems. The menu opens with a program of wine events and tastings to engage the reader and encourage exploration. In addition to making their own project wines that pepper the list, the selection conveys the author’s hands-on approach, and support for producers known and loved. This is topped off by a strong reserve list that offers vintage depth for the die-hard aficionados. A welcoming repertoire that invites involvement and enjoyment without pretension.

Greca

Howard Smith Wharf Precinct, 3/5 Boundary St, Brisbane City
(07) 3839 1203

greca.com.au

CUISINE Greek
WINE LIST Sam Christie & Nick Ingall
WINEs ON LIST 107 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$17 by the glass)

This is an energetic list with bright ideas. Combined with the airy white washed feel of the place, it evokes a sense of sea and sun, the inimitable Greek Island style. A more playful than serious approach is ideal, with plenty of value and emerging talent on the page. The categories convey the attitude: Chilled Reds, Pinks, Skins and Low Intervention, not forgetting the back vintage category, ‘Big and Old’, catering for those that prefer not to leave their comfort zone. A fresh, fun approach to eating out.

Hellenika at the Calile

Level 1/48 James St, Fortitude Valley
(07) 3252 2060


hellenika.com.au

CUISINE Greek
WINE LIST Morgan Golledge
WINEs ON LIST 459 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$23 by the glass)

Hellenika at the Calile's list carves clean lines on the page: methodical layout, confident and clear. The difficult subject of how to fathom Greek wines is well managed, and intrigues rather than apprehends the reader. You are in safe hands here. The more you read, the more interest builds. Other facets embellish the list, such as aged Tyrrell's Semillon (to die for with Greek food) or special select bottles under Coravin with prices that are more than fair.

Hellenika Gold Coast

2235 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
(07) 5572 8009

hellenika.com.au

CUISINE Greek
WINE LIST Alexandra McPherson, Theo Kampolis & Francois Buteri
WINEs ON LIST 490 (37 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$100 by the glass)

Hellenika’s lists carve clean lines on the page, methodical layout, confident and clear. The difficult subject of how to fathom Greek wines is well managed and intrigues rather than apprehends the reader. You are in safe hands here, the more you read the more interest builds. Other facets embellish the list such as aged Tyrrell's Semillon (to die for with Greek food) and special select bottles under Coravin with prices that are more than fair.

Homage

617 Grandchester Mount Mort Rd, Granchester
(07) 5465 5900


spicersretreats.com

CUISINE Locavore
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST 71 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$60 by the glass)

While the clunky layout is somewhat distracting, this compact list delivers interest with its mix of the familiar, fabulous and fancy: think Roederer Cristal, Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay or Yarra Yering Dry Red No2.

Il Centro

Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane
(07) 3221 6090


il-centro.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Chris Higgins
WINEs ON LIST 188 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$25 by the glass)

Il Centro divides its attentions between Italy and Australia. It's hard to say which wine country fares better but diners certainly have some interesting choices to make. Do they go all Italian all the way? If so, there is a nice mix of newer varieties and styles like a Sicilian chardonnay or a more classical approach from makers like Foradori and Masi. But then there are the Aussies with an alluring selection that includes a particularly delicious group of Italian-inspired reds and cool climate whites. Something to ponder over a Dark Chocolate Negroni, perhaps?

Jam

1 Palmer St, Townsville

(07) 4721 4900
jamcorner.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Matt Merrin
WINEs ON LIST 61 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8-$12 by the glass)

While conservative with repetition among some producers albeit offering different varieties, this compact list is nonetheless welcome and the choices solid. A tidy amount of riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and blends off-set by a couple of Mediterranean varieties such as fiano and aglianico.

Jellyfish

Riverside Boardwalk, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane
(07) 3220 2202


jellyfishrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Fish & seafood
WINE LIST Chris Higgins
WINEs ON LIST 230 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$25 by the glass)

With water views, an appetising fish and seafood menu and a wine list devoted to bright, fresh wines well-suited to the ambience, Jellyfish knows how to engage. The listing is mostly Australian and filled with many familiar names and mostly young with the odd aged wine inclusion from the cellar. Strengths are chardonnay including the rising influence of Single Vineyard Sites, rosés, light reds and pinot noir (check out the Single Vineyard section). Handy notes on style like off-dry wines and winemaking such as barrel fermentation offer a useful guide to your selection.

Jimmy Wah's

1724 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
(07) 5659 1180


jimmywahs.com.au

CUISINE Modern Vietnamese
WINE LIST Shelly Greaves
WINEs ON LIST 47 (29 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($10-$30 by the glass)

The small wine list is geared to suit the cuisine at this Vietnamese haunt in Burleigh Heads. Well placed aromatic whites include riesling, gris, grüner veltliner and fiano, while rosé, supple pinot noir and Beaujolais hail from Arfion, Bondar and Si Vintners.

Kiyomi

Casino Dr, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
(07) 5592 8757


thestargoldcoast.com.au

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Isaac Coleman
WINEs ON LIST 257 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($6-$377 by the glass)

Sake is the highlight of this list, which exhibits the diversity and beauty of this sublime libation. So too, an impressive selection of Grande Marques line the pages, a natural choice for the delicacy and refinement of Japanese flavours. The wine list explores all corners with established, quality producers gracing the page. Venturing from flights of First Growth Bordeaux and Grange to the amber and organic advocates, this is a well-grounded list that considers the all important cuisine, different tastes and occasions.

La Lune Wine Co

Shop 3, 109 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
(07) 3255 0010


lalunewineco.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Bailee Dewes
WINEs ON LIST 160 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$40 by the glass)

La Lune's selection is colourful and fun, and doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. The wines have been thoughtfully chosen, catering for traditional tastes to more adventurous types. Options other than wine are also well catered for. The list is visually appealing, succinct and well-travelled, with consideration for bottle age and price point included. Emerging producers, alternative varieties and styles make for a rewarding experience and another cup to their name.

La Lupa

3/321 Montague Road, West End
(07) 3532 3875


lupapizzabar.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Andrea Contin
WINEs ON LIST 119 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$28 by the glass)

An innovative, eclectic list that celebrates its authors love of Italian organic, bio and natural wines. A diverse selection from small farms with the odd punctuation from European producers that ensures it is all about the hand sell. And not just obscure in that the producers are lesser known, but in the adventure that is offered across all the beverage categories and the country of Italy itself. This is a fresh faced list that encourages you to engage with the sommelier, not to be afraid, but to step into the breach and discover something new and exciting not just in wine country, but from first cleansing aperitif to last bitter digestive.

Lobby Bar

48 James Street, Fortitude Valley
(07) 3607 5888


lobbybar.com.au

CUISINE Modern Korean share with a hint of European
WINE LIST Katrina Maunier & Romain Maunier
WINEs ON LIST 116 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$39 by the glass)

Part of the recently opened Calile Hotel, Lobby Bar is all shiny and new, so it’s a good place to enjoy a cocktail since it showcases 28 of them. But it’s also a restaurant. The drinks list features just over 100 wines and while it’s somewhat conservative in outlook there’s a fair selection of champagne and some gems among usual varietal selections. Perhaps to woo non-hotel guests, more diversity, especially with by the glass options, is needed.

The Local Larder

7/479 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove
04 2448 2855

larderwinebar.com.au

CUISINE Cheese and Charcuterie - Euro Share Plates
WINE LIST James Alcock
WINEs ON LIST 232 (46 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$24 by the glass)

If only every neighbourhood had a Local Larder, we’d be happier and perhaps friendlier. Well, we certainly would drink better. This is a new addition to the awards and a welcome one at that. Owned and run by couple Stephanie Fausz and James Alcock, who clearly know how to compose a top list as it bursts with personality and class. It’s not too big – hovering around 230 wines and starts with a cracking by the glass selection. Add to that a couple of wine flights for extra interest and local beers and you’ll leave feeling all’s well.

Locale

62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
(07) 5447 5111

localenoosa.com.au

CUISINE Modern Italian
WINE LIST Rio Capurso & Sarah Hagan
WINEs ON LIST 360 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$22 by the glass)

Locale's wine list is an impressive collection of Australian and Italian bottles that aptly suits the cuisine. The author's selection has carefully considered from the classics, the modernists, to the value conscious, with a nod to the new school and emerging artists as well. Back vintages for depth, half bottles noted, craft beers highlighted. Signature and classic cocktails colour it up, with special thought given to those who don't tipple. A well executed lists that gives all tastes and types something exciting to drink and celebrate with food.

The Long Apron

68 Balmoral Road, Montville
1300 252 380


spicersretreats.com

CUISINE Modern European
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST 157 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$60 by the glass)

While the absence of capital letters across the list appears odd, there’s certainly nothing awry with the quality wines on each page starting with the terrific by the glass options. And thanks to Coravin, there’s a chance to taste an aged Barolo or Hunter Valley semillon. Overall, this neatly balances classic producers such as Yarra Yering with newcomers and rebels –think Joshua Cooper.

Mamasan

Shop W159 / 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
(07) 5527 5700


mamasanbroadbeach.com

CUISINE Modern Asian
WINE LIST Jeremy Earnshaw
WINEs ON LIST 100 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$18 by the glass)

While the varietal headings are standard, this 100-strong list certainly has diversity aplenty from classic wine to more unusual choices. Well-known and regarded producers lead such as Yalumba, Brokenwood and Cape Mentelle but there are one-offs that stand out think Kumeu River Matés Chardonnay or Unico Zelo River Sand Fiano.

Montrachet

1/30 King Street, Bowen Hills
(07) 3367 0030


montrachet.com.au

CUISINE French
WINE LIST Romain Maunier
WINEs ON LIST 437 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$38 by the glass)

A much-loved French restaurant offering mostly a classic menu with some modern additions needs an appropriate drinks list. Of course it is Gallic through and through with a small selection of fine Australian wine. Aged bottles from the grand cru appellation of Montrachet feature although there are obvious omissions notwithstanding Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leflaive and Ramonet. However, go hunting elsewhere for some fantastic choices at all price points.

Moo Moo Brisbane

39 Edward Street, Brisbane
(07) 3236 4500


moomoorestaurant.com

CUISINE Steak
WINE LIST Steven Adams & Mark Ganga
WINEs ON LIST 367 (91 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$60 by the glass)

It’s the little things that can make a difference and a list stand out above the crowd. For starters, it is red wines kickstarting the extensive by the glass section at Moo Moo, after all, a steakhouse demands an appropriately matched selection and it achieves that effortlessly. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy delicious whites because there are plenty. It’s a solid compilation brimming with classic Australian, French and Italian plus an enticing reserve cellar list.

Moo Moo Gold Coast

2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
(07) 5539 9952


moomoorestaurant.com

CUISINE Steak
WINE LIST Steven Adams
WINEs ON LIST 235 (58 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$22 by the glass)

A pared back version of its sibling restaurant in Brisbane but with enough personality and difference to hold its own. It’s pitched well to the Gold Coast clientele, which includes tourists who will enjoy a sparkling or crisp sauvignon blanc by the glass before perusing the selection of richer or more robust reds to suitably match with one of the many cuts of beef.

Nero Dining

3/1 Sunshine Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters
(07) 5526 7364


nerodining.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Andrew Barker & Jayden Barker
WINEs ON LIST 49 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($12-$20 by the glass)

A savvy compilation that doesn’t extend beyond 50 bottles but has plenty to offer thanks to some interesting choices and plenty by the glass. Sip a Billy Button Little Rascal Arneis while deciding if you want another glass under the ‘Crisp. Acidic. Minerality.’ section or opt for a bottle of delicious Millton Libiamo in the ‘Skinsy. Tropical. Fresh.’ list.

Nineteen at The Star

1 Casino Drive Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
(07) 5592 8719

star.com.au/goldcoast

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Nikki Does, Trent Brook & Scott Garson
WINEs ON LIST391 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$123 by the glass)

While there’s plushness and class with a lot of razzle and dazzle to this new rooftop bar and restaurant, there’s no denying the quality of the food, the service and wines housed in a two-storey glass cellar. Australia is the focus but of course the great wine regions of France, Italy and New Zealand are widely represented. By the glass options are exemplary and while some fall into a varietal category, many appear under useful headings of Savoury and Textural or Aromatic, Determined and Spicy. And bravo for not calling non-mainstream varieties alternative labelled instead as Other Influential Whites or Other Influential Reds.

Noosa Waterfront

142 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
(07) 5474 4444


noosawaterfrontrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Andrea Ravezzani
WINEs ON LIST 346 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9-$38 by the glass)

On every page, this entices starting with the fabulous array of gin followed by a super smart by the glass selection. And thanks to Coravin, it means special or high end bottles are offered such as Gravner Anfora or Yalumba The Octavius. Italy rightly takes centre stage given the cuisine although there’s some choice among the Australian and New Zealand wines. While an overhaul of the list’s design and layout would do wonders, there’s no denying the quality here.

The North Room

Shop 1 / 2527 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
0468 311 003


thenorthroom.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Shannon Stewart
WINEs ON LIST 41 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($11-$26 by the glass)

The North Room is no bigger than a lounge room, a cosy and stylish 28-seater with wonderful food and a small list hovering around 50 bottles. Perfect. Mostly Australian producers feature with plenty of interesting drops by the glass. You won’t go broke here either as most wines are under $100.

Nu Nu

1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove
(07) 4059 1880

nunu.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Miles Browne & Hayley Wano
WINEs ON LIST 272 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$26 by the glass)

What does Nu Nu offer? Fabulous food, a killer beach view and a neatly pitched drinks list. Little wonder this is one of Palm Cove’s most popular restaurants. Fun and classic cocktails lead off, plenty of refreshing beers too followed by a cool collection of wines by the glass. While some big names appear, robust reds too, it’s mostly a list complementing the warm weather, spicy dishes and a chilled-out vibe.

The Old Seven

567 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill
(07) 3398 1853


instagram.com/the.old.seven

CUISINE Fromage and Charcuterie
WINE LIST Matt Lucas
WINEs ON LIST 120 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($7-$55 by the glass)

It must be the year of the neighbourhood wine bar because here’s another terrific addition. Clearly taking its inspiration from France with its fromage and charcuterie menu bolstered by tartines and jaffles, so there are many Gallic wines on this neat and manageable list. Complements for offering 12 terrific French rosés, alongside main varieties and some cool stuff in between such as Girolamo Russo nerello mascalese or Home Hill pinot noir.

Otto, Brisbane

Level 4 / 480 Queen St, Brisbane
(07) 3835 2888

ottoristorante.com.au/brisbane

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Alan Hunter
WINEs ON LIST280 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$120 by the glass)

The smart curation of this list shows dedicated vision highlighting organic and biodynamic vineyard practices. Wines are built around an Italianate core with compelling expressions from Australia, France and New Zealand. Premium pours from COS, Radikon, Foradori and Occhipinti are what dreams are made of.

Patina At Customs House

399 Queen Street, Brisbane
(07) 3365 8901


patinarestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Ben Hawley & George Musat
WINEs ON LIST100 (14 by the glass)  
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$15 by the glass)

The heritage-listed Customs House has managed a stylish fit-out and overhaul of its restaurant, now called Patina. The fare is centred on farm-to-table and regional and complementing it, a keenly priced wine list showcasing mostly smaller producers and family owned. While a few more by the glass would be welcome, there’s enough diversity dotted throughout with Australia at the forefront and a smattering of European wines add some depth, too.

The Peak

1 Wilkinson Rd, Maryvale
1300 253 103

spicersretreats.com

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST125 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$25 by the glass)

There are many good wines on this compact list ensuring you’ll drink rather well at this resort starting with a cocktail or Champagne. While it’s a safe compilation working off key varieties, there are gems in-between such as Yangarra Estate Roussanne, Yalumba Virgilius Viognier or Golden Grove Joven Tempranillo.

Pig ’N’ Whistle Indooroopilly

Musgrave and Station Roads, Indooroopilly
(07) 3878 8899


pignwhistle.com.au

CUISINE British Themed
WINE LIST Brendan McFarlane
WINEs ON LIST138 (14 by the glass) 
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$13 by the glass)

A well-rounded range of classic varieties and styles suits this traditional British pub dining room. Margaret River cabernet sauvignon from Cape Mentelle and Rusden’s Barossa shiraz are magic with an eye fillet or steak and Guinness pie.

Reef Seafood & Sushi

Gasworks Plaza, 76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead
(07) 3257 7554

gasworksplaza.com.au/stores/reef-seafood-and-sushi

CUISINE Seafood
WINE LIST Daniel Aitkin & Alex Houston
WINEs ON LIST110 (81 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8-$90 by the glass)

Instead of trawling the list for a bottle to match every sushi or seafood option, it’s possible to opt for a different style or variety thanks to its extensive by the glass selection. A fairly conservative and compact offering of about 100 wines with 80 choices for a glass. It’s brilliant. Start with Champagne and oysters, riesling with sushi and perhaps pinot noir with wild barramundi. While some fine tuning and more sake would be welcome, the list is solid.

Rick Shores

3/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
(07) 5630 6611


rickshores.com.au

CUISINE Asian
WINE LIST Freddy Dordoni & Michael Leopold
WINEs ON LIST133 (35 by the glass) 
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$40 by the glass)

This neat, modern drinks list is well pitched with the pan-Asian menu on Rick Shores’ waterfront at Burleigh Heads. Reliable stalwarts from Tyrrell’s, Grosset and Frankland Estate meet young gun wines from Bondar, Unico Zelo, Shobbrook and Usher Tinkler.

Rosella's

6/1730-1734 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
(07) 5633 5905

rosellasbar.com.au

CUISINE Australiana
WINE LIST Jon Debeere
WINEs ON LIST50 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($11-$16 by the glass)

Jon Debeere takes a fresh approach to this spiffing wine list. Its an all-Australian line-up with a focus is new-age easy drinking styles and an emphasis on organic/biodynamic and 'natural' grape growing. Traditionalists may be shocked that there's no cabernet sauvignon listed but franc gets a jersey, as does mourvèdre and montepulciano. Dive in its lots of fun.

Sails Noosa

75 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
(07) 5447 4235


sailsnoosa.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Scott Estrich & Bernie Molloy
WINEs ON LIST592 (41 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9-$42 by the glass)

Scott Estrich and Bernie Molloy follow a traditional path with this deep, long list. Mini verticals of Salon and Krug set the tone with a swath of DRCs for good measure. Local heroes such as Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay mingle with vermentino, verdicchio and viognier. Oh, and the run of Grange and Hill of Grace is astonishing. Seriously good stuff.

Social Eating House

Shop 137-138 / 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach
(07) 5504 5210

socialeatinghouse.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST George Ibrahim
WINEs ON LIST50 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($10-$20 by the glass)

Spirits, vermouths and digestives play an equal role with wine at the Social. The wine list is tight and focused with the short Reserve list adding clout. Prices are modest with lots of value By the Glass. The spritz list adds panache.

Spirit House

20 Ninderry Road, Yandina
(07) 5446 8994


spirithouse.com.au

CUISINE Modern Thai
WINE LIST Yann Audran & David Baldet
WINEs ON LIST99 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$23 by the glass)

This exemplary wine list is highly focused, well executed and thoroughly enticing. Traditional benchmarks rub shoulders with the new wave, each wine carefully curated and matched to the Spirit House's light, fresh and spicy food. Travel the world of wine By the Glass and you'll be both educated and immensely satisfied.

Stokehouse Q

1 Sidon Street, South Bank
(07) 3020 0600

stokehouseq.com.au/restaurant/

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Aleks Balodis
WINEs ON LIST586 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($11-$35 by the glass)

Aleks Balodis has curated a wonderful wine list that's perfectly pitched to its food savvy clientele. The extraordinary list of Champagnes sets the scene with on-trend varieties like piquepoul, gamay and nebbiolo sharing equal billing with the classics. The selection of dessert and fortified wines caps off this stellar wine list.

Tamarind Cairns

35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns
(07) 4030 8897


reefcasino.com.au/dine/tamarind-restaurant

CUISINE Contemporary Asian
WINE LIST Leanne Nixon & Akshay Sawant
WINEs ON LIST155 (30 by the glass) 
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$99 by the glass)

The Tamarind wine list covers all bases with a string of Grange vintages and classy reds like Yalumba's The Caley offered by the glass – served via the marvellous Coravin. Local benchmarks set the tone with a sprinkling of international offerings rounding off this tempting wine list.

Tamarind Maleny

88 Obi Ln, South Maleny
1300 311 429

spicersretreats.com

CUISINE Modern Asian/Thai
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST107 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$60 by the glass)

Aromatic and medium weight styles at the heart of this list perfectly complement Thai cuisine. A mouth-watering riesling collection features alongside pinot gris, gewürztraminer, muscadet, pinot noir, gamay and cabernet franc. Don’t miss Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr by glass under Coravin.

Tartufo

1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
(07) 3852 1500


tartufo.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Alessandro Orsi
WINEs ON LIST386 (31 by the glass) 
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$55 by the glass)

Italian charm oozes from this energetic wine list - the tone set by the By the Glass list dedicated to Italy and Italian varieties made here. The core of the list expands on the theme with excellent descriptive information on the key varieties and wine styles. Viva Italia.

Urbane

181 Mary Street, Brisbane
(07) 3229 2271

urbanerestaurant.com

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Daniel Tapia
WINEs ON LIST280 600 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$16 by the glass)

The list at Urbane offers a sound selection of established wines from around the world. Well chosen examples of white Burgundy and Barolo are complemented by first class listings of hero varieties like international riesling and South Australian shiraz.

Vanitas

94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
(07) 5509 8000


palazzoversace.com.au/en/restaurants/vanitas

CUISINE Modern Italian
WINE LIST Fabio Bravata
WINEs ON LIST171 (27 by the glass)  
WINE PRICES $$$ ($15-$230 by the glass)

This is a finely tuned collection of Italian and Australian heroes to enhance the sophisticated dining experience at Palazzo Versace. Splash out on icon wines by the glass including Antinori Tignanello, Mount Mary Quintet, Henschke Hill of Grace and Penfolds Grange.

Videre

Ross Street, Benowa
(07) 5597 8400

racv.com.au/royalpines

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Kim Walker
WINEs ON LIST123 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$22 by the glass)

This is a well considered wine list, built on a swath of Australian benchmarks – think Tyrrell's, Penfolds, Henschke, Torbreck and the like. Multi-vintages of selected icons add gravitas with a bunch of new wave varieties spicing up the offering.

Wandering Cooks

Fish Lane & Cordelia Street, South Brisbane


wanderingcooks.com.au

CUISINE Rotating Kitchens
WINE LIST Nicholas Turner
WINEs ON LIST65 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($15-$11 by the glass)

This eclectic wine offering resonates with the local, sustainable ethos of this artisan kitchen hub. It abounds with the wines of young gun and new wave makers with exciting ideas and a genuine connection to the earth. Think Jilly, Jauma, Brave New Wines and Gentle Folk.

Wasabi

2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads
(07) 5449 2443

wasabigroup.com.au

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Lara Graham
WINEs ON LIST170 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $-$$$ ($17-$25 by the glass)

Wow. Location! Never was there a better sunset viewing platform. Pair it with a glass of Champagne from the brilliant wine list here. Brilliant! Really. There is a lovely selection of wines. The wines by the glass list is succinct and speaks of quality and nuance. The wines tend towards cult/small batch/premium which gives one a good feeling about the list to come. The Champagne selection is impressive. The wine list then unfurls beyond the Champagne into a thoughtfully selected and exciting exposé of wineries from Australia and around the world. We are very happy to see a Japanese wine and a great selection of Japanese beers available. Additionally, three pages of Japanese whisky! Three pages of sake! They're serious. There is a good amount of white wines over red (red can be hard to match to the food) so this is appreciated. Loving that many of the ingredients are grown on their farm, Honeysuckle Hill. People of Noosa and visitors, do not miss this.

The Wolfe East Brisbane

989 Stanley St East, East Brisbane
(07) 3891 7772


thewolferestaurant.com

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Josue Lopez & Peter Cheney
WINEs ON LIST56 (19 by the glass)  
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$19 by the glass)

Newly opened, The Wolf, arrives with a small wine list chock full of Australian, French, New Zealand wines – and the odd Italian moscato – thereby fulfilling its Mod Oz identity. Visitors and locals alike will appreciate the care taken to include a number of Queensland winemakers such as Terra di Granito, Witches Falls and Golden Grove. It's reassuring to see a well-rounded bunch of rosés offered and some well-priced Burgundy. The theme is definitely more on the food friendlier wine styles.

YoYo Bar

1/253 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
(07) 5440 5517

yoyobarnoosa.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Lara Graham & Marc Romanella
WINEs ON LIST56 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8-$55 by the glass)

It's not the size of this list that sets the YoYo wine list apart from the pack but the thoughtful selection of enticing and exciting wines – many offered by the glass. The Coravin selection is compelling – any one for a glass of Chateau Montelena Chardonnay or Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet? We need more lists of this well-curated ilk.