Best Club Restaurant List

TERRACE KITCHEN, TAS

Terrace Kitchen

Country Club Avenue, Prospect Vale, Tas
(03) 6335 5777

countryclubtasmania.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Robyn McInerney
WINEs ON LIST 254 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$10 by the glass)

Proudly parochial succinctly sums up the wholehearted celebration of Taswegian wines at Country Club Tasmania’s Terrace Kitchen. Fifteen of the 17 wines offered by the glass come from Tasmania – a clear testament to the Terrace Kitchen’s commitment to the Apple Isle.  

The delightful series of hand-drawn maps of Tasmania’s grape-growing areas add depth and detail, with the staff wine picks bringing a personal note to this extensive list. Not that it’s all about Tasmania, with top-notch drops from across the globe adding extra clout – think Krug, Lafite and d’Yquem. Oh, and 15 vintages of Grange plus a magnum of 2004 ensures that the Terrace’s wine selection fits all tastes and pockets. The background notes on Stefano Lubiana and his scarce single-block series adds another layer to the breadth and depth of the list. Order a rare 300gm porterhouse steak and a bottle of 1995 Cheval Blanc – life doesn’t get much better.

PETER BOURNE

Finalists

The Queen's Club

137 Elizabeth St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9264 1171
queensclub.com.au

CUISINE Australian/French Influences
WINE LIST
 Grace Kerslake
WINEs ON LIST 295 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $-$$ ($17.5-$7 by the glass)

The Queen's Club on Elizabeth st in Sydney boasts a varied national and international list with flashes of sheer brilliance throughout it. There are not many places where one can track down aged German riesling including Joh Jos Prum, and Aussie icon wines Wendouree, Standish and Clonakilla, all at least ten years old or more and priced affordably. The list of wines by the glass is very approachable, prices starting at only $7! The list unfolds into an array of interesting wines from across Australia and the rest of the globe. There is a plentitude of drinks other than table wine available here, including dessert and fortified wines, spirits, cocktails and more. At the very end of the list is a reprint of a wine list from the Queen's Club in 1955. A glance at a moment in wine when Penfolds made a 'Special Chablis' and Champagne was to be ordered ahead of time. The Champagne selection at the Queen's Club in 2020 has significantly expanded on 1955 – and is ready for us now.

The Newcastle Club

40 Newcomen St, Newcastle, NSW
(02) 4929 1224
newcastleclub.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Matt Underwood
WINEs ON LIST 607 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $-$$$ ($26-$12 by the glass)

The wine list at The Newcastle Club is exactly as one would expect it to be: impressive. It is a large list but it manages to feel concise, turning our attention to Australian wines, and especially those from NSW. There is a comprehensive collection of NSW wines in fact. The list extends its hand to welcome wines from some of the greatest regions on earth: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Napa and more. At every corner and every turn, the wine selection is traditional, ticking off the 'greats', and the 'reliables', but just when you assume you know what is coming, there is a lick of modern brilliance.  A wine included that highlights the passion and interest of the sommelier. This is no regular club list. It is brilliant. The selection of spirits, beers, and drinks other than wine are also as you would expect: extensively and abundantly available.