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69 Bynya Rd, Whale Beach, Sydney
(02) 9974 5599

Cuisine Modern Australian
WINE LIST Luke Collard
WINEs ON LIST 1630 (70 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($99-$10 by the glass)

At 80-plus pages, Luke Collard’s substantial Jonah’s list is graced with noble benchmarks, many with welcome bottle age. A noteworthy partnership with Taittinger underpins the Champagnes, with Collard offering a flight of three vintages by the glass, a vertical of Comtes de Champagne, and graduating up to six-litre Methuselahs for the minted.

His passion for German riesling culminates in an impressive dedication to JJ Prüm in his Producer Spotlight section. Grange dating back to 1982 sits comfortably aside “School of Rock” producers such as Brash Higgins, Sami-Odi and Head Wines. For those who simply wish to be wined and dined without too much thought, the degustation offers “Wines of Australasia” ($90) and “Wines of the World” ($140) matched with each course.

A diverse, well-priced and exciting by-the-glass program adds depth and interest to this list, as does a tidy array of half bottles and celebratory magnums, which are so often overlooked. In addition, there are tantalising nips of aged fortifieds, digestifs and sweet wines, rounding out this comprehensive collection on a high note. Sophie Otton



36th Floor, Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland St, Sydney
(02) 9250 6123

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST John Mackinnon
WINEss ON LIST 440 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($28-$10 by the glass) 

Of course the world-class view is an undeniable draw card but I would dine at Altitude purely for the wine!  The wine list is an expert compilation of fine Australian labels and worthy imports.  Not only does it showcase our best producers, but it also introduces the diner to lesser known gems. Bravo!

Black By Ezard

Level G, Harbourside, The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
(02) 9657 9109

CUISINEGrill/ Contemporary
WINEs ON LIST 870 (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($68-$12 by the glass)

This is a stunning list with tremendous breadth - covering most parts of the world of wine - and impressive depth (several vintages of many stand-out wines). Wonderful wines by the glass, a stunning array of Champagnes get it things under way - and it rolls on… While it's more classic than cutting edge, nothing is neglected. Worth a detour.