Best Food & Wine Matching

ARIA, NSW

Aria

1 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9240 2255
ariasydney.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Alex Kirkwood
WINEs ON LIST 1700 (84 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($320-$15 by the glass)

Few restaurants achieve the synergy between their menu and beverage pairings that Aria does. As one of Australia’s most loved restaurants, with its stunning views over Circular Quay, it is evident that chefs and sommeliers work collaboratively to deliver an outstanding dining experience where food and wine shine equally bright.

There are multiple pairings on offer: the classic involves a range of wine styles from different regions and perhaps a sake or beer. The premium offers stunning wines including local icons, international classics and gems from the cellar.

Meanwhile, the non-alcoholic option contains an inventive and complex selection of satisfying drops employing ingredients such as mangosteen husk, lemon-scented Geraldton wax and Tasmanian pepperberries.

It is the originality of the selection that sets this list apart.

Toni Paterson MW

Finalists

Doot Doot Doot

166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North
(03) 5931 2500
jackalopehotels.com/drink-dine

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Justin Biskup
WINEs ON LIST 405 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($31-$15 by the glass)

While home territory, Mornington Peninsula, is well represented, the team have searched far and wide beyond its borders (likewise, Willow Creek is naturally featured, but not to the exclusion of many other top Mornington wines). Champagnes excite, though more for lovers of growers than the traditional houses. Quality across the board here – look to the feature of Bordelet cider. As befits the region, pinot noir and chardonnay star.

Ten Minutes By Tractor

1333 Mornington Flinders Rd, Main Ridge
(03) 5989 6455
tenminutesbytractor.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australia
WINE LIST Xavier Vigier
WINEs ON LIST 623 (86 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($140-$14 by the glass)

The wines offered ‘by the glass’ at this treasured Mornington Peninsula gem are truly extraordinary – most establishments would be over the moon for a full list like this. The rest of the selections are a roll call of the wine world’s great and exciting. Classics and emerging stars. Or you can simply go with the pre-arranged pairings. A wonderful list.