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bert’S, NSW

Bert’s

2 Kalinya St, Newport, NSW
(02) 9114 7350
merivale.com/venues/berts

CUISINE Coastal European
WINE LIST Amandine Rouviere
WINEs ON LIST 1230 (43 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $-$$$ ($360-$13 by the glass)

Who are we to resist the charm, focus, and sheer quality of the wines available by the glass at Bert’s? It’s the third win in a row for this Sydney stalwart, and the first for sommelier Amandine Rouviere.

The beauty of a well-curated and detailed glass list is this: it reflects the bounty of the list beyond and provides an opportunity to travel, by glass if nothing else, through the regions of the world.

Past the glass list and into the main, the Champagnes include grower and grand marque and feature a vertical of Dom Pérignon reaching back to the precipice of the 1980s.

The list is dotted throughout with carefully cellared and selected verticals: it is not limited to any one area or region, although the breadth of Burgundies available is staggering. There is aged Radikon and Best’s Pinot Meunier, German riesling and Loire Valley reds and whites, culminating in a breathtaking collection of iconic Australian shiraz.

Another brilliant wine list from Bert’s, as ever.

ERIN LARKIN

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BLACK Bar & Grill

80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
(02) 9657 9109
star.com.au/sydney/eat-and-drink

CUISINE Modern Australian Grill Room
WINE LIST Addy Lam
WINEs ON LIST 1200 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($380-$12 by the glass)

Fancy a glass of Cheval Blanc or Grange? You can. How about sipping some of the world's most exquisite sherries? Sure thing. Or how about unearthing local gems from 'proximate' New South Wales wine regions? That's covered. Or perhaps you're after some of the greatest Burgundy, grower Champagne, multiple options of Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay or an obscure wine from Jura or Georgia? It's all here. This is an exceptional list that shows diversity, personality and a distinct flair for showcasing everything from blue chip, fine wine offerings through to the most avant garde producers available in Australia. There's plenty of education in maps and listings with top line messages, as there are thunderous verticals of some of Australia's most sought after wines. Sommelier Addy Lam and team are on hand to eke out your desire and deliver a raft of drinking experiences. It's thrilling to see such lists so chock full of exciting wines and drinks, awaiting exploration.

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.