Best List of Wines by the Glass

CRU BAR & CELLAR, QLD

CRU Bar + Cellar

1/22 James St, Fortitude Valley, QLD
(07) 3252 2400
crubar.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Chris Walker
WINEs ON LIST 1567 (106 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($160-$8 by the glass)

Although the number of wines by the glass has dropped marginally, Cru’s listing represents a significant upgrade from 2019. Presentation is dramatically improved, with colour photos on each page and a substantial amount of information provided.

The listing of 60 wines under Coravin is arranged in groups of (mainly) four wines, including an exploration of left-field whites you’ll need to try; four very different German rieslings; flint and minerality in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé; chardonnays from around the world; pinot around Victoria; Chablis’ Montée de Tonnerre; Puligny or Chassagne-Montrachet and heaps more. Spellbinding. This is perhaps the most imaginative use of the possibilities Coravin offers that we’ve ever seen.

There’s a more conventionally presented smaller list by the glass, with equal respect given to sparkling, fortified and sweet. This is a tour de force that spells attention to detail and committment.

SOPHIE OTTON

Finalists

Charred Kitchen & Bar

1-5 New St, Orange, NSW
(02) 6363 1580
charred.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST David Collins
WINEs ON LIST 649 (60 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($45-$11 by the glass)

David Collins' drinks list, is not a wine list, but a love letter to beverages. A regional list that features the best of the region and so much more, perhaps the only challenge is where to start. Don't miss the collection of beer and whisky – they're benchmarks.

Saga Bar

49-51 Goold St, Chippendale, NSW
0499 724 235
saga.bar

CUISINE Modern Asian fusion
WINE LIST Casey Sullivan-Myers
WINEs ON LIST 320 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($55-$13 by the glass)

New on the Sydney wine scene, and what an entrance! Saga is exciting and different with sommelier Casey Sullivan-Myers presenting a very personal interpretation and selection of wines, beers, spirits and cocktails that work in sync with modern Asian fusion. His unapologetic promotion of aromatic whites (particularly from Australia, Germany, Austria and France) and light and medium-bodied reds is spot on with food matching. Wine and spirit flights are offered, a must really, and the mix of old school and low intervention/natural wines works. There's enough here to satisfy the fussiest drinker.

Felix

2 Ash St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9114 7303
merivale.com/venues/felix

CUISINE French
WINE LIST Adam Lambeth
WINEs ON LIST 1800 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$-$$$ ($80-$13 by the glass)

The wine list housed within the walls of Felix restaurant in Sydney's CBD is nothing short of comprehensively impressive.  Amongst many, many other superstars, there are seventeen pages of white and red Burgundy. There is an 18-strong vertical of Hill of Grace going back to 1986; 28 wines from Wendouree going back to 1990 and an almost unbroken run of vintages of Penfolds Grange, dating back to the very first, unreleased 1951 vintage (29 of these are also offered in a magnum format). There's also an authoritative collection of Left and Right Bank Bordeaux, plus wines from the Loire, Rhône and Provence to name a few. There are five pages of drinks other than wine including some old and rare Cognacs and Armagnacs. Interestingly, there is also good value to be found and the list of available wines by the glass is something to behold – a selection worthy of the list beyond.