Best Sparkling Wine List

REIGN AT THE QVB, NSW

Reign at the QVB

Queen Victoria Building, 455 George St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 8023 7604
reignatqvb.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Fabio Nistrio
WINEs ON LIST 228 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($85-$12 by the glass)

Sparkling wine tends to be a neglected category, playing second fiddle to Champagne. Fabio Nistrio’s list tempts the taste buds with five well-priced bubblies from four countries by the glass, as well as a tasting flight. Then there’s a remarkable collection of classy Aussie fizz by the bottle. Sensational.

PETER FORRESTAL

Finalists

Quay

Upper Level Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
(02) 9251 5600
quay.com.au

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Shanteh Wong
WINE ON LIST 520 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$-$$$ ($365-$13 by the glass)

Quay, overlooking the harbour and the Opera House in Sydney has a wine list that transcends the concept of a mere 'list'. This is a subtle, deliberate and educated curation of wines from all across the globe. Each region, no matter how small, or how far away, has had its best wines, from its best and most interesting vintages plucked and brought here. There are obscure wines, old wines, young wines, wines made by the most experienced hands in the world and by the most gifted. It is an evolving lineup of the very best (this does not always mean the most expensive, although they are here too) wines, and it is a thrill to witness. There are pages and pages of similarly crafted collections of drinks other than wine, including beers, spirits (both local and international), sherries and fortifieds, cocktails, mocktails and more. A wonderful list in 2020 again, at Quay.

Aria Sydney

1 Macquarie St, Sydney
(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)

This is an action packed wine list celebrating 20 years of Aria, Sydney. With 1700 wines and 84 by the glass, the list weaves its way around the world, showcasing the finer things in life: the new breed and the established; aged sake and amber wines; a Champagne extravaganza from maison to grower and Grange by the glass. A love of chenin blanc, William Downie, all things Jura, the domestic and international greats. Explosive and bursting with information, enthusiasm and exploring unexpected corners of the globe, this is a blockbuster, entirely suited to its plush interiors and iconic setting.