New South Wales Winner

Jonah's

Think diversity and depth. Balance and joy. Approachability and excellence. Head sommelier Luke Collard has access to some 6,000 bottles, but showcases 1,600, making the list more manageable and user-friendly. The 70 by-the-glass offerings include vintage Taittinger, Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle riesling, South African chenin blanc, Huber Bienenberg pinot noir, Langhe nebbiolo and Kaesler Old Bastard shiraz. The wow-factor continues with an impressive collection of half bottles and magnums. The list glides through a stellar Champagne line-up to a classy tour of key varieties dominated by the French, although the white wine section leads with riesling, taking in Australia, France, Austria, New Zealand, USA, Italy, Chile, Slovakia and Germany. While there are terrific Spanish and Italian wines, alongside cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, the unequivocal stars are chardonnay and pinot noir. Those wanting to savour something different or rare will find it here. Jonah’s appeases imbibers who are fussy, curious, easy-going, aficionados and all else in between. JANE FAULKNER

Jonah’s

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


jonahs.com.au

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

Stupendous goes about halfway to describing this gargantuan yet brilliantly considered list. From enticing sherry flights to the superb digestif collection, there's an extraordinary wealth of wine and drinks, so much so that poring over this weighty tome is likely distracting for dining companions! A Coravin tool means that by the glass ranges from simple and delicious through to rare and complex, and allows diners to have an opportunity to see wines at peak maturity from oft-unseen producers. It's the tip of the iceberg though; the encyclopaedic list covers a true global span of the wine world, offering rafts of exquisite producers, and wines at the apex of  their drinking. You could mention the colossal Burgundy listings, the horde of exceptional Champagne (from big house to unique growers), or wax lyrical about the jaw-dropping assortment of riesling, but there's so much here it's almost condescending to sommelier Luke Collard, a true pro, so leave your experience in his very fine hands. Everything about this wine program is brilliant.

Finalists

Altitude

176 Cumberland St, The Rocks
(02) 9250 6000


36levelsabove.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST John Mackinnon
WINEs 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!

Est.

1, Establishment, 252 George St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au/est

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LISTPaul Huet & Frank Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 1200 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($55-$14 by the glass)

This outstanding list has that rare ability of appealing to all.  It showcases the best of Australia, making it a first choice destination for visitors and locals alike.  And its stunning global spread will impress the most sophisticated, worldly palate.  Highlights include the comprehensive Champagne selection, the quality wines-by-the-glass, the mix of contemporary and classic Australian producers and the superb French collection.

Glass-Rated

360 Bar & Dining

Level 4, 100 Market St, Sydney
(02) 8223 3883


360dining.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Andres Aragon
WINEs ON LIST 400 (32 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($199-$11 by the glass)

Views this good deserve stunning wines to match!  Fortunately, that is what you get at 360 Bar & Dining.  An extensive listing by-the-glass, including Penfolds Grange and Wynn’s John Riddoch.  Wines are arranged by style and there’s a good division between local and international drops.

Anason

5/23 Barangaroo Ave, Bangaroo, Sydney
(02) 9188 1581


anason.com.au

CUISINE Turkish
WINE LIST Harshal Shah
WINEs ON LIST 28 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ( $22-$10by the glass)

A small, diverse and well-tuned list with all twenty eight wines available by the glass.  In line with the cuisine are a number of Turkish wines made from varieties such as öküzgözü and boğazkere.  Quality local and international producers at prices which encourage experimentation.

Annata

69 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest
(02) 9437 3700


annatasydney.com

CUISINE Australian Share Plates
WINE LIST Christian Blair & Richard Healy
WINEs ON LIST 87 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($18-$10 by the glass)

A list that is clearly a labour of love.  The world of wine has been scoured for new, emerging and exciting wines from far and wide, mostly left field. This is not for the unadventurous or those seeking the usual suspects. A flight of new wave savvy. A brave new world.

Apollo

44 Macleay St, Potts Point
(02) 8354 0888


theapollo.com.au

CUISINE Greek
WINE LIST Sam Christie
WINEs ON LIST88 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($23-$12 by the glass)

Greek wines are hot right now and Apollo offers a hand-picked selection, interlaced with contemporary Australian and global wines.  Have a glass of Kir Yianni Petra while you nibble on olives and choose between a agiorgitiko or a xinomavro.  Though if that sounds a little daunting, choose an Ocean Eight Pinot Gris or a Ravensworth gamay instead.

Aqua Dining

Cnr of Paul & Northcliff Sts, Milsons Point
(02) 9964 9998


aquadining.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Ben Cummings
WINEs ON LIST 264 (44 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($260-$13 by the glass)

Sparkling views and a wine list to match.  Italian wines are the feature at Aqua Dining, in line with Davide Rebeccato’s modern Italian food.  Take a journey through the wines of Tuscany, Veneto and Piedmont, or sample some Australian interpretations of Italian varietals.  There is a magnificent spread of wines by-the-glass, including many served via the Coravin system.

Aria Sydney

1 Macquarie St, Sydney
(02)  9240 2255


ariarestaurant.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Matt Dunne & Paul Beaton
WINEs ON LIST 1130 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($130-$11 by the glass)

With an enviable location and iconic vista, Aria champions local winemakers with its stunning exposé of Australian wine.  Emerging and established producers sit effortlessly side-by-side and there is welcomed diversity on offer, including within the extensive international offering.  You can choose with absolute confidence, as there are high quality wines
in all price categories.

Ash Street Cellar

1 Ash St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Sarah Limacher & Frank Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 200 (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($57-$10 by the glass)

Ash St. Cellar is the place of dreams.  Flights of sherry with matching canapés, fine flutes of Champagne and top wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle.  Its a sophisticated international selection, presented in easy-to-understand categories that makes experimentation a breeze. Plus there’s a certain swagger to the list that’ll have you coming back for more.

Automata

5 Kensington St, Chippendale
(02) 8277 8555


automata.com.au

CUISINE Modern Contemporary
WINE LIST Tim Watkins
WINEs ON LIST 140 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($29-$14 by the glass)

A 'list from left field' may seem a backhanded compliment but this is an intriguing and innovative collection of wines, compiled with thought. no usual suspects here but lots to love. It will appeal to both beginners and seasoned winelovers in equal measure.

Osteria Balla

Level G, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, Sydney
(02) 9657 9129


star.com.au/balla

CUISINE Italian
WINE LISTPiero Fonseca
WINEs ON LIST 490 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$9.5 by the glass)

A stellar wine list that proudly drapes itself in the Italian flag and appropriately offers an impressively collection of wines to match the superb, Italian food menu. This is one of Australia's great collections of Italian wines, proudly exploring grape varieties, indigenous to Italy, and those that have been introduced to create benchmark fine wines. Indeed, the list glows with prestige wines with rich veins of Barolo, Barbaresco, Super Tuscans, Franciacorta and hard-to-find, top end, natural wines from the likes of Gravner, Emidio Pepe, Gabrio Bini and Vodopivec. Barolo needs special mention, with a ludicrous line-up of vintages from greats like Gaja and Sandrone, through to lesser-known but stunning examples, and multiple of those, from the likes of Augusto Cappellano, and from Piedmont's north, alpine nebbiolo legend, Le Piane. Scattered through the list are Australian producers working with Italian grape varieties, lending additional colour. Of course, finishing the list is an exquisite and long selection of prestigious grappa. Bravo sommelier Piero Fonseca and team.

Bambini

185 Elizabeth St, Sydney
(02) 9283 7098


bambinitrust.com.au

CUISINE Modern European
WINE LIST Jarrod Mills
WINEs ON LIST 287 (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$9 by the glass)

Bambini Trust has always been a favourite haunt for city wine lovers; now better-than-ever with Jarrod Mills on board.  The classy, sophisticated surrounds makes it a true escape from the exterior bustle.  The wine collection is poised and relevant; a superb mix of contemporary and classic producers from Australia and beyond.

Bathers Pavilion

4 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
(02) 9969 5050


batherspavilion.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Sean Boyle & Ben Howes
WINEs ON LIST 380 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ( $30-$9 by the glass)

With its unique building and prized location overlooking Balmoral beach, this on many Sydney-siders’ bucket list as a must-go dining experience.  The list is fairly upmarket, with many prestige classics on offer.  Though if you’re looking for something more moderate, turn to the regional and Italian white varietals and the Australian pinots.

Bennelong

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
(02) 9240 8000


bennelong.com.au

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Russ Mills
WINEs ON LIST 213 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$($33-$12 by the glass)

Dining under the sails at the Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s great restaurant experiences, especially at night time.  Start with a glass of aged semillon or fine Champagne before leafing the pages of a sophisticated list that includes quality small local producers and a fine international wines.  Australian chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz are well-represented.

Bentley Restaurant + Bar

Cnr of Pitt & Hunter Sts, Sydney
(02) 8214 0505


thebentley.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Nick Hildebrandt
WINEs ON LIST 1200 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ( $40-$8 by the glass)

Nick Hildebrandt continues to a be leader is his field, presenting his own eclectic, yet rock solid, collection of wines.  Within this lengthy tome, he
targets specific wines, producers and regions that he loves.  It is a truly international list, and although Australia is well-supported, every wine must earn its place. Truly spectacular.

Biota

18 Kangaloon Rd, Bowral
(02) 4862 2005


biotadining.com

CUISINE Australian
WINE LISTBen Shephard
WINEs ON LIST 185 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($15-$10 by the glass)

A list designed to showcase regional glories, covering all the best the district offers. A great way to discover some of the local stars. Options from further afield of preferred. Some excellent selections by the glass as well.

Bishop Sessa

527 Crown St, Surry Hills
(02) 8065 7223


bishopsessa.com.au

CUISINE Modern European
WINE LIST Erez Gordon
WINEs ON LIST 230 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$8 by the glass)

Sommelier Erez Gordon’s passion for wine leaps off the page.  It is a joy to peruse this most excellent list, which is confident enough to list recognisable brands alongside lesser known quirky gems.  It is a treasure chest of vinous gems, whether ordering a $9 glass of Prosecco or a prestige bottle or Burgundy. Well done!

Bistro Moncur

116 Queen St, Woollahra,
(02) 9327 9713


woollahrahotel.com.au

CUISINE French
WINE LIST Karen Sang & Mark Blake
WINEs ON LIST 120 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($29-$11 by the glass)

Elegance and class come to mind when one thinks of this much-loved Sydney establishment.  The wine list is as refined as the food, focusing on respected producers, with the majority of wines being Australian and French in origin.  Gorgeous wines-by-the-glass plus a stately cellar selection.

Bistrode

1/52 King St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Greg Burley & Frank Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 140 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($29-$10 by the glass)

Something for everyone in this neat and tidy list, where prices are accessible and wines are arranged by variety.  Quality Australian wines are the main feature; though France also features strongly.  There’s a beautiful selection of cool climate whites and plenty of joy in the pinot noir and shiraz categories.

Bivianos Dural

628 Old Northern Rd, Dural
(02) 9651 2022


bivianosdural.com

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Hannah Webb
WINEs ON LIST 146 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$8.50 by the glass)

Restaurants like Bivianos are rare in Sydney - its wine list has modest mark-ups, has an extensive range, is approachable as well as diverse, and includes occasional helpful tasting notes.  Plenty of respected Australian producers, with the addition of a few affordable imports.

Black By Ezard

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


blackbyezard.com.au

CUISINE Grill/ Contemporary
WINE LIST Addy Lam
WINEs ON LIST 870 (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($68-$12by 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.

Bloodwood

416 King St, Newtown
(02) 9557 7699


bloodwoodnewtown.com

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Amanda Cleal
WINEs ON LIST 50 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$10 by the glass)

A confident and inspiring list featuring producers unafraid to take the road less travelled.  Its a tiny list that journeys through over 30 different varieties, either as straight varietals or blends.  The list has an intimacy, and a distinct local flavour, supporting small producers, including the neighbourhood brewers.  That said, global wines and beers seem to slip effortlessly into the mix.

Boathouse On Blackwattle Bay

123 Ferry Rd, Glebe
(02) 9518 9011


boathouse.net.au

CUISINE Seafood
WINE LIST Joe Turnaturi
WINEs ON LIST 189 24 by the glass
WINE PRICES $$$ ($32-$11 by the glass)

The beautiful view over Blackwattle Bay gives you a refreshing local’s perspective of Sydney rather than the postcard shot.  But you’ll have to draw your eyes away to focus on the wines, which are distinctly international.  That said, there are also some lovely Australian wines, including local Orange, Mudgee and Hunter inclusions.

Braza Churrascaria

1-25 Harbour St, Darling Quarter, Sydney
(02) 9286 3733


braza.com.au

CUISINE Brazilian
WINE LIST Alex Gallo
WINEs ON LIST 101 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($12-$8 by the glass)

In need of a little Latin flair?  Head to Braza for Brazillian barbequed meats with all the trimmings.  Try some Cachacas, sugarcane spirit, either neat or in a Caipirinha, or turn to the wine-list which is peppered with South American treats like Argentinian malbec and Chilean/Brazillian cabernet.  Plenty by-the-glass and prices are accessible.

Bridge Room

44 Bridge St, Sydney
(02) 9247 7000


thebridgeroom.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Matthieu Rabiet
WINEs ON LIST 165 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($37-$13 by the glass)

An elegant list with an original assemblage of wines.  The by-the-glass listing is impressive; perfect if you’re after a glass of fine wine at lunch, though you’ll find much better value by the bottle.  There’s a succinct selection for most varietal categories, including some attractive aged wines, with chardonnay, pinot noir and Champagne having more extensive listings.

Buon Ricordo

108 Boundary St, Paddington
(02) 9360 6729


buonricordo.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Daniel Marcella
WINEs ON LIST 300 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($37-$12by the glass)

One of Australia's great Italian restaurants shows a neat balance between its Italian heritage and Australian locale. Superb by the glass at a range of price points. This is a carefully chosen collection with some exhilerating choices from the extensive range of Italian delights.

Cafe Sydney

Customs House, 5th Floor, 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay
(02) 9251 8683


cafesydney.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Paola Danieli
WINEs ON LIST 200 (44 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($29.50-$9 by the glass)

With views over Circular Quay, its highly appropriate that Café Sydney champions the wines of Australia.  Sample a selection from the lengthy
by-the-glass list or choose a classic, or contemporary, bottle from its heart.  Great to see some aged options, especially in the shiraz and cabernet sections.  There’s also a selection of Champagne and some quality kiwi inclusions.

Catalina

Lyne Park, Rose Bay
(02) 9371 0555


catalinarosebay.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTAndrew de Vries
WINEs ON LIST 588 (32 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($45-$10 by the glass)

This long-established restaurant in the heart of the Hunter Valley showcases the local wines with rare care and attention to detail. While the list is quite short, it is comprehensive with semillon, chardonnay and shiraz providing the pillars on which it is built. Alongside these are less well-known Hunter favourites, cabernet, verdelho and new varieties which are making an impact (fiano, tempranillo, nebbiolo, barbera). There's a terrific selection of pinot (just a couple grown locally but most
feature the efforts of well-known local winemakers growing their grapes in foreign climes (NZ, Tasmania, South Australia). An exemplary local list.

The Cellar

Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin
(02) 4998 7584


the-cellar-restaurant.com.au

CUISINE Mediterranean
WINE LIST Janet Wright
WINEs ON LIST 99 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$9 by the glass)

This long-established restaurant in the heart of the Hunter Valley showcases the local wines with rare care and attention to detail. While the list is quite short, it is comprehensive with semillon, chardonnay and shiraz providing the pillars on which it is built. Alongside these are less well-known Hunter favourites, cabernet, verdelho and new varieties which are making an impact (fiano, tempranillo, nebbiolo, barbera). There's a terrific selection of pinot (just a couple grown locally but most
feature the efforts of well-known local winemakers growing their grapes in foreign climes (NZ, Tasmania, South Australia). An exemplary local list.

Centennial Dining Room

88 Oxford St, Woollahra
(02) 9362 3838


hotelcentennial.com.au

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Annette Lacey & Andrew Roebuck
WINEs ON LIST 122 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($24-$13 by the glass)

A classy, upmarket list, with a strong set of top labels, including many boutique producers.  One suspects that every wine has been carefully selected and is there for a reason.  Over twenty wines by-the-glass or carafe, with a wide range of styles and origins represented.

Century

Shop 88, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
(02) 9566 2328


thecentury.com.au

CUISINE Cantonese Chinese
WINE LIST Vincent Wang
WINEs ON LIST 609 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($26-$9 by the glass)

There exists a trichotomy to the appeal of this very fine list.  Respected local and international wines, many with age, for business lunches, visitors and celebrations.   Entry level wine for diners having a casual dim sum lunch.  And the very finest wines for whom money is no object.  So you will find 21 vintages of Grange, including 1954, a sweep of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and a mind-blowing Bordeaux collection!

China Doll

4/6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
(02) 9380 6744


chinadoll.com.au

CUISINE Modern Asian
WINE LIST Clint Hillery
WINEs ON LIST 130 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($50-$9 by the glass)

Awesome food, sensational views and a smashing wine list – what more could one want?  Carefully curated with quality at the forefront of every listing, yet with essential consideration of the food as well as the customer.  Contemporary Australian producers mingle with worthy imports.  Frankly, you cannot go wrong.  Superb!

China Lane

2 Angel Pl, Sydney
(02) 9231 3939


chinalane.com.au

CUISINE Modern Asian
WINE LIST Clint Hillery
WINE ON LIST 98 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$10 by the glass)

If you find yourself in the heart of Sydney city in need of food and fine wine, China Lane is the place to go.  The wines have been expertly chosen; and though you’ll find some prestigious and expensive wines, most bottles are sub $100 (with many under $60).  Enjoy contemporary producers, innovative styles and classics, all without breaking the bank.

Chiswick At The Gallery

1 Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
(02) 9225 1819


chiswickrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Matt Dunne
WINE ON LIST 71 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($21-$9 by the glass)

Dining at Chiswick at the Gallery is a must for locals, visitors and art-buffs alike.  It ticks all boxes having sublime food, stylish interiors and excellent views over Woolloomooloo.  The wine list is suitably impressive, with an astute and interesting selection by the glass, carafe and bottle.  See the cellar selection at the back for aged Australian classics.

Chiswick

65 Ocean St, Woollahra
(02) 8388 8688


chiswickrestaurant.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Matt Dunne
WINEs ON LIST 98 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($75-$11 by the glass)

An expertly curated selection with quality at the essence of all listings.  A snapshot of the world of wine, where respected and alternate producers sit in perfect harmony.  There are plenty of interstate and global jewels as well as admirable local NSW inclusions.  Experiment freely and with confidence, enjoying the commendable breadth of prices and styles on offer.

Cho Cho San

73 Macleay St, Potts Point
(02) 9331 6601


chochosan.com.au

CUISINE Japanese Izakaya
WINE LIST Sam Christie
WINEs ON LIST 87 (12 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$( $28-$11 by the glass) 

Sydney’s love affair with all things Japanese is alive and kicking in this sensational list.  Impressive is the collection of Japanese whiskeys, sake, beer, umeshu and yuzu based cocktails!  But the true thrill of the list lies in the astute collection of contemporary wines, included for their inherent quality rather than fashion’s sake alone.

Cicchetti Byron Bay

19/ 20/ 108 Jonson St, Byron Bay
(02) 6685 6677


cicchetti.com.au

CUISINE Modern Italian
WINE LIST Luca Giacomin
WINEs ON LIST 150 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$($16-$10 by the glass)

Wine lovers will enjoy hunting through this list.  There is a range of styles offer, from aged Tuscans to Tasmanian pinot noir.  Though its essential you take note of vintage when choosing.  There are plenty of affordable options and some bargains to be found.

The Cowrie

109 Scenic Hwy, Terrigal
(02) 4384 3016


thecowrie.com.au

CUISINE Modern Seafood
WINE LISTBrett Dengate
WINEs ON LIST 94 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($15-$11 by the glass)

Book ahead to secure a spot with a view and let your mind wander effortlessly while gazing at the sea.  Order one of the seafood friendly
wines-by–the-glass or hunt through the main list to discover quality labels such as Felton Road, Maude and Clonakilla.  There’s also a delicious sounding degustation with matching wines.

Cut Bar And Grill

16 Argyle St, The Rocks
(02) 9259 5695


cutbarandgrill.com

CUISINE New York Steak House
WINE LIST Gustavo Kroneis
WINEs ON LIST 382 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($33-$11 by the glass)

Dining at this classy Australian steak house, with its exposed beams and slick décor, always feels like a special occasion.  While they’re renowned for their steaks, the wine list is also superb, focusing on classic and highly
respected producers. The whites have been carefully chosen and include fine cellared examples of riesling and semillon.  Excellent pinot noir, including kiwi gems; and superb Australian cabernet and shiraz, many with age.  Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, Piedmont and Tuscany also fabulous.

Darleys

5-19 Lilianfels Ave, Katoomba
(02) 4780 1200


darleysrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Lee Kweiz
WINEs ON LIST 110 (12 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($35-$18 by the glass)

Delight in the elegance and grandeur of Darleys’ dining room while sipping Champagne or a fine local NSW drop.  They offer a stylish and considered selection of wine, focusing on premium Australian and international labels.  There is a freshness to the list with the inclusion of a few contemporary producers alongside respectable classics.

Deck Sydney

1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point
(02) 9033 7670


thedecksydney.com

CUISINE Mediterranean
WINE LIST Mark Dibblin
WINEs ON LIST 117 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($22-$8.5 by the glass)

Gaze out over the boardwalk, at one of the world’s finest views, and order one of 30 wines by-the-glass, mostly sub $13 with a generous 150ml pour!  Bottle prices are similarly affordable, and commendable, with a good local/global spread.  Whether you’re after a poised cool-climate riesling or a quirky alternate varietal, there’s something for everyone.

Devine Food And Wine

32 Market St, Sydney
(02) 9262 6906


devinefoodandwine.com.au

CUISINE Italian & European
WINE LIST Julian Izzillo & Michael Shipley
WINEs ON LIST 40 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ( $24-$9 by the glass)

Wine lovers will be in seventh heaven dining at Devine.  The listings are astute and sophisticated, with a favourable global offering.  Impressive is the varietal complexity and the eclectic by-the-glass listing, complete with guiding descriptions.

East Ocean

421-429  Sussex St, Haymarket
(02) 9212 4198


eastocean.com.au

CUISINE Chinese
WINE LIST Alan Lo
WINEs ON LIST 198 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($10-$10 by the glass)

Wine lovers will enjoy fossicking through this list to find one of the many gems nestled within.  Plenty of food-friendly aromatic whites and hearty reds, including many familiar names, plus a dedicated page on Penfolds
and Henschke.  There are a number of high-end Champagnes and Burgundies if spending big.

Efendy

79 Elliott St, Balmain
(02) 9810 5466


efendy.com.au

CUISINE Turkish
WINE LIST Harshal Shah
WINEs ON LIST 86 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($14-$10 by the glass)

Start with a Turkish Delight Martini or an Efes Pilsner to get into the vibe of this neighbourhood favourite.  Slick wines by-the-glass, including seven from Turkey.  Overall its a contemporary selection, with many pleasant surprises such as Assyrtiko from Greece, Koshu from Japan and of course an Okuzgozu Bogazkere from Cappadocia!

The Eight

Level 3, 9-13 Hay St, Haymarket
(02) 9282 9988


theeightrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Chinese
WINE LIST Angela Tang
WINEs ON LIST 220 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ( $15-$9 by the glass)

There's a wide range of international wines to balance a strong showing of Australasian favourites. While the focus is on modestly-priced wines, especially by the glass, there are plenty of top-notch gems (Hurley 'Garamond', Tolpuddle Pinot) that won't break the bank.

Elizans Wine Bar

39 Burrill St, Ulladulla
(02) 4455 1796


guesthouse.com.au

CUISINE Mezze
WINE LIST Andrew Nowosad
WINEs ON LIST 172 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ( $10-$6 by the glass)

A surprisingly extensive list for a small country guest house.  It is a mixture of styles, origins and vintages and you’ll have fun hunting through the list to find that special bottle for you.  Quite a number of French wines and a few local Shoalhaven producers too, along with many familiar Australian labels.

Esca At Bimbadgen

790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
(02) 4998 4600


bimbadgen.com.au

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Bruno Verhaegen
WINEs ON LIST 178 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$7 by the glass)

With views over the vines and a list brimming with local gems, there’s no doubt that you’re in wine country.  As expected, the Bimbadgen range is a focal point, but there’s also well-priced, aged Hunter classics from neighbouring properties.  A sweep of international wines completes the
picture.

Eschalot

24 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima
(02) 4877 1977


eschalot.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Richard Kemp
WINEs ON LIST 250 (33 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$8 by the glass)

The true essence of country dining is shining light on fine regional produce.  That’s what makes Eschalot’s wine list so special.  It offers a window into the world of the Southern Highlands, as well as greater NSW and the nearby Canberra district.  Complexity is added though select imports and interstate wines.  There’s also a number of cellared bottles at very fair prices.

Esperanto Dining Room

194-204 Pitt St, Sydney
(02) 9267 9421


www.citytatts.com.au

CUISINE Fine Dining
WINE LIST William Corbett
WINEs ON LIST 177 (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($28-$7.60 by the glass)

There’s not too many places in Sydney where you can get a glass of Champagne for $20.  It’s a good place to start while  pondering over which aged Australian shiraz or cabernet to have with your Chateaubriand.  The list is a little old school, peppered with local classics and blue ribbon names, but there’s nothing wrong with that!

Felix

2 Ash St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au/felix

CUISINE French
WINE LIST Emmanuel Cadieu & Frank Moreau
wines ON LIST 1000 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($30-$10 by the glass)

Nestled in an atmospheric Sydney laneway is one of the city’s great eating spots. Classic French fare is accompanied by a brilliant wine list, dominated by French wines as expected, yet not exclusively so.  Enjoy some lesser known wines from the Savoie; maybe a red from South West France? Or swoon over the prestige wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux!  Antipodean wines, presented alongside the French, stand tall and proud.

Fiasco Ristorante + Bar

65/22 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour
(02) 6651 2006


fiascorestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Northern Italian
WINE LIST Alessandro Lindiri
WINEs ON LIST 88 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($13-$9 by the glass)

North coast dwellers must love having this wine list on their doorstep.  With local ales on tap, signature cocktails on offer and an Italian focused list, it sure looks like the place for a good night out.  Quality small Australian producers such as Kalleske, Clonakilla and Philip Shaw pepper the list.

Fins

5/6 Bells Blvd, Salt Village, Kingscliff
(02) 6674 4833


fins.com.au

CUISINE Seafood
WINE LIST Morgan Snow & Florent Elineau & Natalie Lang
Wines ON LIST 241 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$12 by the glass)

Sensational food and a sophisticated wine list, the latter having verve, confidence, individuality and flair.   Extensive wines-by-the-glass, a page of avant-garde wines; overall is it astute and contemporary.  And in amongst it all is a spotlight on Portuguese wine!  Fins is a must-visit
destination for locals and visitors alike.

Fish Shop

22 Challis Ave, Potts Point
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au/thefishshop

CUISINE Seafood
WINE LIST Frank Moreau MS
WINEs ON LIST 60 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($24-$10 by the glass)

Bright and snappy; succinct and self-assured.  Dining at Fish Shop
provides access to some of the finest, affordable wines in town.  Whether its an aromatic Robert Stein riesling or a muscadet from France, you’ll find wines of value, personality and flair. There’s also the option of trading up if your tempted by the Keller or aged Vat 1 semillon.

Fix St James

111 Elizabeth St, Sydney
(02) 9232 2767


fixstjames.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Stuart Knox
WINEs ON LIST 250 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($21-$11 by the glass)

All wine loving Sydney-siders need to make a beeline to Fix St James for an enthralling wine experience where experimentation is encouraged and established boundaries are ignored.  The list is modern and eclectic, but with a firm eye on quality – and quirk!  Let down your vinous inhibitions and revel in a life less ordinary.

Flooded Gums

North Bonville Rd, Bonville
(02) 6653 4544


bonvillegolf.com.au/dining

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Luke Collard
WINEs ON LIST 250 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($13-$7.50 by the glass)

Tranquility is the order of the day when dining at Flooded Gums.  Extend you gaze to the majestic gum trees while pondering which delicious wine to choose.  Will it be an international gem or perhaps an Australian icon?  It is a diverse and interesting selection with something to suit everybody’s palate.

Flying Fish

Lower Deck, Jones Bay Wharf, 21 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
(02) 9518 6677


flyingfish.com.au

CUISINE Seafood
WINE LISTPaolo Saccone
WINEs ON LIST 340 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($27-$14 by the glass)

Sydney is blessed with waterfront dining options and Flying Flying is no exception, with its wharf location and panoramic views.  Choose a beautiful riesling, either young or with age or try something different like a pinot blanc or grüner veltliner.  The red selection is strong, with plenty of tempting pinots and shiraz. Local and global options for most varietals.

Glass

Level 2, 488 George St, Sydney
(02) 9265 6068


glassbrasserie.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Maura Bortolato & Chris Rose
WINEs ON LIST 1200 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($180-$9 by the glass)

Glass has one of Sydney’s most extensive lists, and it continues to be a strong supporter of Australian wine, including local NSW producers.  Impressive is the collection of international gems, especially high calibre wines from prestigious regions such as Burgundy and Bordeaux.  Italy is also well represented.  Numerous wines by-the-glass, icon spotlights
and competitive pricing.

Golden Century

393-399 Sussex St, Sydney
(02) 9212 3901


goldencentury.com.au

CUISINE Cantonese
WINE LIST Mr Kevin Kam
WINEs ON LIST725 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($28-$5 by the glass)

It is quite extraordinary that the same restaurant can attract lads after the football, a family after a shopping day, a chef at close of service and the odd billionaire.  Accordingly, you can choose a young semillon
for your salt and pepper squid, or a Montrachet with your mud crab.  Pages of prestige Burgundy, Bordeaux and Grange, plus plenty of sub-$60 wines, to keep everyone happy!

Goldfish Bar & Kitchen

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Hunter Valley
(02) 4998 7688


thegoldfish.com.au

CUISINE Mediterranean Tapas
WINE LIST Ronnie Strickie
WINEs ON LIST 165 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$9 by the glass)

With an excellent spread of top Hunter wines this is a great place to gain a snapshot of the region.  That said, there's also a good offering from
around the country plus a few global additions.  Highlights include aged Tyrrell’s Vat 1 semillon, an extensive shiraz selection and numerous international gins.

GPO Cheese & Wine Room

Lower Ground Floor, 1 Martin Place, Sydney
(02) 9229 7701


gpogrand.com/gpo-cheese-wine-room-sydney

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Maxime Pellegrino
WINEs ON LIST 204 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($16.50-$9 by the glass)

A comprehensive wine list that covers the world of wine with aplomb. Searching for something interesting from lesser-known wine growing regions of Italy or Spain? GPO has you covered. Likewise, if you want
vanguard wine producers from Australia, alongside the stalwarts, then there's something here for you too. Indeed this fine list is a very good overview of the state of play in Australian wine, with the local industry, and indeed NSW wines, as a focus, set alongside interesting choices from Australian importers. Lots to explore, is the message.

Guillaume

92 Hargrave St, Paddington
(02) 9302 5222


guillaumes.com.au

CUISINE French
WINE LIST Timothe Seguin Medrinal
WINEs ON LIST 50 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($33-$12 by the glass)

Like the elegant dining room, the fine service, the attention to detail in the French cuisine, this wine list feels like nothing is out of place. It's a formidable collection, skilfully assembled, imbued with nuance of Australia's classic wines, set alongside global benchmarks. Take the example of a judicious vertical run of Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay as an easy bedfellow for the stupendous line-up of Raveneau's various Chablis climat wines. There's reams of mature vintage red wines to thrill drinkers of all ilks and avant garde wine producers from Barossa Valley,
Beaujolais and Martinborough, while Bordeaux, of course, is given due deference through a lengthy selection. A superb wine offering exists here.

Harvest

18 - 22 Old Pacific Hwy, Newrybar
(02) 6687 2644


harvestcafe.com.au

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Russ Berry & Sam Curtis
WINEs ON LIST 40 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($15 -$10 by the glass)

Harvest's leaning to the organic and biodynamic is notable in its playful and engaging wine list. Indeed, many of the producers included are from the upper echelons of Australia's 'natural wine' scene and names like Shobbrook, Stefano Lubiana, Cullen and Jasper Hill will be familiar to those who enjoy well-farmed, minimal intervention wines. The list is short and sharp, intentionally local (Australian) and focuses on best varieties from best regions. Wines tend to the younger and fresher end of the spectrum, serving as a neat foil for the global leaning food menu Harvest carefully prepare. It's a good list with plenty of diversity and interest.

Hicksons

5/17 Hickson Rd, Dawes Point
(02) 9241 2031


hicksons.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Nathan Kam
WINEs ON LIST263 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$9 by the glass)

Wine industry insiders know this is a seriously great list to drink from, and now, so do you. It's ripe with choice and shows a breadth of understanding of both classic wines of the world, and where the zeitgeist is coming from. You can drink grower Champagne (and seeing Jerome
Prevost could bring a tear to a serious drinker's eye!) and switch to Andrew Thomas's formidable Hunter Valley semillon, only to shift courses and see that there's carefully selected Burgundy and an epic feature collection of Chevillon's beautiful premier cru pinot noir to work through. This list does what many try to do in gaining traction from avant garde wine producers, but there's no sacrifice of quality, and alongside there's plenty of wine that's been matured to ideal drinking age. It's a list that should thrill wine enthusiasts at every turn.

Hubert

15 Bligh St, Sydney


restauranthubert.com

CUISINE French
WINE LIST Andy Tyson
WINEs ON LIST 450 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($23-$11 by the glass)

'Who are these guys?' the immortal line from 'Butch Cassidy' is likely to be uttered by plenty of first timers curious about this amazing wine list. It's about cutting edge producers interested in sustainability with enough classics to occupy those who are overwhelmed by it all. Extensive, exciting, innovative as it explores the known world on a voyage of discovery. While appearing not to take itself too seriously, it is, indeed,
serious.

Il Lago

Unit G01/8 Century Cct, Baulkham Hills
(02) 9634 2487


illago.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Gianbattista Plebani
WINEs ON LIST 157 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$6 by the glass)

With a name like Il Lago, and a focus on Italian cuisines, not see a more comprehensive listing of Italian wines and styles is a touch disappointing. 
However, great news for Australian wine lovers, as there's plenty of diversity to enjoy here. Indeed, it's almost a 'best of' classics list, running
deep with famed producers like Henschke, Penfolds, Rockford, Cape Mentelle and Brokenwood. Dotted amongst well-chosen current release wines are some back vintage gems, including cellared options of Hill Of Grace, Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir and Petaluma's renowned Cabernet Merlot blend from Coonawarra. Crowd pleasing seems the aim, and it nails the brief.

Indu

350 George St (entry via Angel Place), Sydney
(02) 9223 0158


indudining.com.au

CUISINE Indian
WINE LISTAntoine Habera
WINEs ON LIST 53 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($22-$11 by the glass)

A shortish, sharp list which focuses on wine styles and grape varieties that best suit the southern Indian cuisine of the dining menu. Great to see riesling, dry and sweetish, alongside savoury, dry roses and a host of lighter red options to match up neatly with spice and heat of the food menu. Wine producers are on the whole boutique or artisan-types, so
you feel like the drinks curator has done their research too. Categories
include white wines of 'tension & minerality' or 'finesse & elegance', while reds are tempting under headers of 'delicate & fruity' or 'fragrant & fleshy', to use apt examples. Plenty to enjoy here.

Intermezzo

Ground Floor, 1 Martin Pl, Sydney
(02) 9229 7788


gpogrand.com/intermezzo-italian-restaurant-sydney-cbd

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Matthieu Mouraire
WINEs ON LIST 210 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($16.50-$10.50 by the glass)

Great to see such reverence for the food menu with a plethora of wine options from Italy on this well-chosen list. The wine offering is punctuated with recent releases and some judiciously cellared offerings, with a focus on well known wine regions of Italy, and classic varieties and styles to the fore. Amongst the great Italian line-up is a scattering of thoughtfully selected Australian wine - Clare Valley riesling, Barossa Valley shiraz and Margaret River chardonnay star. For lovers of rockstar Italian wines, look no further than the tidy selection of Angelo Gaia's ballistic nebbiolos, though they're priced accordingly. While there's a broad selection here, it's the Italian wine collection that really shines.

Junction Moama

6 Shaw St, Moama
1800 806 777


junctionmoama.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian/ Contemporary
WINE LIST Ben Knight
WINEs ON LIST 47 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$8.50 by the glass)

It's short, it's sharp, it's flush with great wines to drink from a great variety of good to excellent to interesting producers. It's the kind of wine list that maximises through a minimum, ducking and weaving from well-known favourites of established producers, but allows for those willing to explore to be delighted by newer stars on the vinous horizon. While Giaconda, Yeringberg and Oakridge make claim to their thrones, there's
flair from producers like Rhone-nouveau winemaker Maxime Graillot, and Giaconda's stablemate, Domenica, also from Beechworth's hallowed turf. The wine list doesn't pander to a stereotype of wine drinker, instead, welcomes all comers to settle in or perhaps explore. Clever lists like this do great service to restaurants.

Katers

Kater Rd, Sutton Forest
(02) 4860 3111


peppers.com.au/manor-house/

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jesse Kornoff & Jeni Rivers Smith
WINEs ON LIST 164 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($18-$10 by the glass)

With the restaurant located within the bucolic 'Southern Highlands' wine region of New South Wales, it's fitting that there's so much attention paid to the local vinous offering. The sommelier team has done well to showcase the highlights of the surrounding wine talent, with producers
like Centennial, Tertini, Cuttaway Hill and Artemis amongst the showcase. The list reveals a strong showing of other New South Wales wine regions, which again shows thought and tenacity from the wine crew at Katers. Indeed, the selection is compelling for its overview of Australian wine, with best regions and styles decidedly prominent. For international wine fanciers, there's plenty of meat on the bone, with selections from significant regions dotted amongst the closer-to-home heroes. Back vintage wines aren't forgotten either, and though there's not a windswept depth of cellared rarities, many have been judiciously matured to good drinking windows. In essence, this is a tour de force of local and Australian wine.

Kiplings Garage Bar

2 Eastern Rd, Turramurra
(02) 9440 4088


kiplingsgaragebar.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian Tapas
WINE LIST Thiago Menezes & Helen Thompson
WINEs ON LIST 61 (36 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$8 by the glass)

You've either heard it here first or you've long been well aware that the leafy north shore-Sydney suburb of Turramurra hides away one of the lengthiest by-the-glass wine programs to be found in Australia's largest city. Yes, Kipling's Garage Bar offers an amazing 36 choices, over half their wine list, for you to try. The wine list is styled to be affordable, current and focussed on Australia's best wine styles/varieties matched to best regions, so while there's shiraz from the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, there's also emerging wines made from gruner veltliner and tempranillo (Adelaide Hills) alongside zinfandel from Langhorne Creek and a unique white variety, fromenteau, from the Hunter Valley. With Australia on show, keep an eye out for well placed sauvignon blanc and pinot noir from favoured regions in New Zealand, and the odd European staple can be found in the mix. A good wine list for global wine travel.

La Tratt

14 Anzac Ave, Fairfield
(02) 9727 5000


fairfieldrsl.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Anthony Sobb
WINEs ON LIST 134 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($22-$9 by the glass)

When most people are heading to their local RSL they're likely not thinking about tucking into a Greek sparkling wine, nor are they assuming that there will be a couple of vintages of Henschke's Mount
Edelstone from the mid 1990s available. Indeed, the surprises keep rolling with this outstanding wine list, honed from a global line-up of well chosen wine regions and styles, and bolstered with a wonderful array of back vintage wines. The selection seems carefully managed, heavy on the Australian classics, and offers something for drinkers from novice to expert. It's so wonderful to see this in such an unassuming venue, and its class is on offer for all. Kudos to the good fold from La Tratt and Fairfield RSL Club for initiating a serious wine list and maintaining its credibility ongoing. Wonderful stuff here.

Leura Garage

84 Railway Pde, Leura
(02) 4784 3391


leuragarage.com.au

CUISINE European
WINE LIST James Howarth
WINEs ON LIST 60 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$8 by the glass)

This is a delightful local list focusing on the surrounding regions of Orange, Mudgee and Cowra balanced by some fascinating European wines. Prices are modest while the range of local wines includes established favourites and less well-known labels.

Lodge Bar

3/415 Darling St, Balmain
(02) 8084 2502


thelodgebar.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Thomas Hoff
WINEs ON LIST 218 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$8 by the glass)

For a neighbourhood wine bar this really over delivers in volume of choice and excellence of wine offering. It's a span of the world of wine but puts a lens on smaller growing regions, unusual wine producers, lesser-known grape varieties, and delicious drinks that come from a wine list curator who really knows their gear. It's also great seeing a list that's built around wine styles, so 'full bodied whites' and 'vibrant & textural reds' are inviting to drinkers, and it's a list that should have appeal to novice and enthusiast alike. Amongst the avant garde wine listings are judiciously-chosen totems of fine wine, and it's evident from some of the
vintages that wines are cellared or sourced, in some instances, for best
drinking windows. Kudos to Lodge Bar and team for upping the ante at a joint for locals, and those visiting from further afield.

Longrain Sydney

85 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
(02) 9280 2888


longrain.com/Sydney

CUISINE Modern Thai
WINE LIST Sam Christie
WINEs ON LIST 83 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($23-$11 by the glass)

Longrain's ever-reliable list is, as expected and appropriate, weighted towards sparkling wines, Champagne, aromatic white wines and an ever-changing roll call of riesling; spot on for the cuisine. That being said, there's gems in nearly every field; bright, savoury rose, interesting red blends and vibrant, fresh-feeling European wines built for food and ease of drinking. Freshness is key in nearly all selections, but for stalwarts of brooding red wine, there's gems like Rockford's Basket Press tucked
away, even if not necessarily best for the spice of the cuisine. A list that
has great thought behind it and matched well to the menu is a beautiful thing; the Longrain selection again charms for its ease of appeal.

The Lookout

33 Echo Point Rd, Katoomba
(02) 4782 3653


thelookoutechopoint.com.au

CUISINE Australian Heritage Cuisine
WINE LIST Andres Aragon
WINEs ON LIST 70 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($27-$8 by the glass)

Having views overlooking Echo Point at Katoomba is a pretty good starting point for an enjoyable meal. The succinct but focused list at the Lookout offers a lively snapshot of its local regions (Orange, Mudgee, the Hunter, Shoalhaven, the Southern Highlands, New England, Canberra). Attention is given to smallish family wineries and there's a balance between established and emerging producers. New varieties abound: vermentino, tannat, aglianico and barbera. By the glass pours of 30, 75 and 150ml allow for plenty of exploration.

Lotus At The Galeries

Level 1/500 George St, Sydney
(02) 9267 3699


lotusrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Modern Chinese
WINE LIST Annette Lacey
WINEs ON LIST 61 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($20-$11 by the glass)

Considering the cuisine at Lotus at The Galleries its great to see such an array of riesling and aromatic whites, but coupled to this clever selection are wisely-chosen, crisp/fresh chardonnay and a slew of interesting sauvignon blancs. Indeed, stepping away from white grape wines might be hard, but chief wine selector Annette Lacey has showed her worth, allotting space for light and medium weight red wines that sit perfectly
alongside the cold wine options. It's a clever list that packs a lot of interest, international scope and local favourites into its shortish collection. The eye on the food menu is a great part of this fun to drink from list.

Lotus Dumpling Bar

3/16 Hickson Rd, Dawes Point
(02) 9251 8328


lotusrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Asian
WINE LISTAnnette Lacey
WINEs ON LIST 28 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($20-$11 by the glass)

Neat and tidy list that gives a restaurant guest a good selection of well known grapes, regions and drinking styles, while showing a touch of flair with some left of centre varieties and unusual imported offerings. Staples are the order of the day, and there's good depth in aromatic whites to easily sidle up next to Lotus' exceptional dumplings. Pairing wines with food here is easy with most of the list focussing on youthful, fresh, young wines that show an ease of drinking. An additional highlight is the number of wines available by the glass, which means dining experiences can be versatile and bolstered by an array of interesting food and wine matches. Cheers!

Love, Tilly Devine

91 Crown Lne, Darlinghurst
(02) 9326 9297


lovetillydevine.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Gabrielle Webster
WINEs ON LIST 150 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($16-$12 by the glass)

Time and time again, this wine list proves itself to be brilliant and in the very upper echelon of Australian wine. It's fascinating in its content, brilliantly laid out with quirky headers and commentary, deep in its span of the global wine world while remaining cutting edge in its selections. It's a list that groans under its weight of amazing wines, those that have just entered the Australian drinking vernacular, and those that are more familiar, but perhaps show a quirky twist. It's rich in veins of riesling, grower Champagne, Burgundy, nebbiolo, but then you look more carefully and thrilling wines pop out of every section, luring with the call of Siren song. It's fantastic to see one of Australia's best wine bars continually changing up and yet not losing pace. Sommelier/wine list boss Gabrielle Webster has a keen eye for best wines for easy drinking, for pondering over, for enjoying slapdash, and for some, for furrowed-brow pontificating over. The reflection of all this is clearly in her exceptional list. Thunderous applause.

Lumi

56 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
(02) 9571 1999


lumidining.com

CUISINE Modern Italian
WINE LIST Michela Boncagni
WINEs ON LIST 214 (33 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($35-$15 by the glass)

An eclectic list that delivers a brilliant spread of interesting things to drink, with adventure, challenge and quality as touchstones of the collection within the wine menu. The cuisine might be Italian-esque, and is bolstered by a raft of excellent choices from Italy, including aromatic whites of Trentino, structured reds of Tuscany and Piedmont, and a collection of tempting Franciacorta that will have you straying from
Champagne staples. What thrills, however, is the divergence from the known, with a judicious selection of fine, artisanal sake (the dishes of the food menu weave Japanese cuisine elements in seamlessly, so no need to scratch your head!), textural orange wines and a short but wonderful collection of Mount Etna nerello mascalese. It's a list that suggests playing it safe will reward, but letting a breadth of drinks be part of the dining program for an even more thrilling experience. Very clever indeed.

Mantecato

129/85 Reynolds St, Balmain
(02) 9810 9125


mantecato.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Marco & Paolo & Giancarlo
WINEs ON LIST 370 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($57-$8 by the glass)

It's great to see wine lists fully embracing the cuisine of the restaurant. Mantecato's team has done a stellar job in capturing the breadth of Italy's wine world, and distilling it into a compelling drinking experience. It's great to see the width of offer too, from young wines that are selected from lesser known wine regions, to mature wines that have evidently spent time in the restaurant's cellar, to be revealed at an appropriate time. Amongst staples from Barolo, Barbaresco and Tuscany, it's also noted that regions like Gattinara and Ghemme, of lesser-repute, are also
represented. The odd Australian wine creeps into the line-up, but almost like an after thought amongst the full spread on offer from the motherland. Well done to the team for creating such a singular vision, and rendering it so well.

Mercado

350 George St, Sydney
(02) 9221 6444


mercadorestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Mediterranean
WINE LIST Clint Hillery
WINEs ON LIST 130 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($26-$10 by the glass)

Chef Nathan Sasi's deft touch in the kitchen is rewarded with a wine list that enhances the dining experience, rather than working as a show-stopper itself. Therefore, you see wines from organic, boutique and grower-producers dominating the line up, and rather than being showy, prestige wines of might and power, a little bit more gentle, savoury and
spicy to match the gist of the food offering. Spanish wines are of course a feature, and there's plenty of juicy young reds, medium-bodied maturer reds and crisp, aromatic whites from a variety of Spanish wine growing areas. Indeed, one of the best sections is tempranillo from thoughtfully selected Spanish wine areas, and some impressively-cellared examples amongst those. It's great that the list here talks with a youthful currency from cool sommelier guy Clint Hillery, whose work has kept in in front of the curve for most of his career. Lots to enjoy here, no doubt.

Mobius Bar And Grill

191 O'Riordan St, Mascot
(02) 8398 4600


pullmanhotels.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Adam Leonardi
WINEs ON LIST 58 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$ ($17-$12 by the glass)

Set in the recently opened Pullman Hotel at Sydney Airport, Mobius has a small but precisely chosen wine list. The focus is clearly on Australia - with the wines of NSW to the forefront. There's a neat balance between established classics and more modestly priced wines of decent quality
so the feel is that the customer will get good value without having to
compromise on quality.

Monopole

71A Macleay St, Potts Point
(02) 9360 4410


monopolesydney.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTNick Hildebrandt
WINEs ON LIST 700 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($40-$8 by the glass)

A remarkable, beautiful, thoughtful list that offers something for everyone yet still remains, as always, full of surprises and delights. A list that stays cutting edge, ahead of the curve, innovative, exciting and shows the thoughtful curation of Nick Hildebrandt and team, who
hope drinkers open the pages and are blown away for choice. The list leans to the biodynamic, organic, natural and artisan in wine orientation, but never forgets to be primarily about drinkability and high quality, fine wine. Trimbach's classic wines sit as a standalone feature, as do the electric, scarce wines of off-piste Loire Valley winemaker Jean-Pierre Robinot; few places in the world are as thrilling or daring. One-offs, B-sides and cellar raided stashes of small batch wine are also to be found amongst the pages, adding colour to the groaning weight of must-have bottles from prestige wine producers. The every changing line-up is a reflection of the restless perfectionism expected from the list too - by the glass is regularly different, always interesting, broad in its scope. Simply, a benchmark wine list.

Montagne

14 Anzac Ave, Fairfield
(02) 9727 5000


fairfieldrsl.com.au

CUISINE French
WINE LIST Anthony Sobb
WINEs ON LIST 26 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($15-$9 by the glass)

What a cracking wine list this is! Though short and sharp, it's testimony to the clever, thoughtful team at Fairfield RSL that they'd theme a wine selection so specifically to their French restaurant's cuisine. Indeed, this list is entirely French wine, but the selection covers a lot of ground, from favourites of Chablis, Loire Valley and Alsace, through to the unexpected (aligote from Burgundy, anyone?). Great to see that the wines chosen are generally from lesser-known but high quality wine producers too - that's a big tick, and again reflects the consideration of the wine team here. Indeed, close your eyes, soak up the French accent of the cuisine, and let the extensive wine by glass selection woo you into believing you're in a back lane Parisian bistro. Plenty to enjoy here.

Mr Wong

3 Bridge Lne, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au/mrwong

CUISINE Cantonese
WINE LIST David Wood & Frank Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 700 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($29-$11 by the glass)

It's not just the lengthy selection of Champagne, aromatic whites, appropriately fresh and/or gently sweet rieslings (hello JJ Prum collection!), it's the overall feel of a wine list that's bursting at the seams with options that celebrate the greater world of wine. Mind you, there's a really keen focus on Australia's best vinous assets - indeed, this list is a superb distillation of Australia's fine wine offering, without straying from the mission of being wholly appropriate to the food menu. Sure, there's big name European imported wines liberally chosen for the list, and German riesling and Burgundy run deep, but elevated are Henschke's Hill Of Grace, Cullen chardonnay, Bindi and Bass Phillip's exquisite offerings, and cellared stock of Best's, Rockford and Penfold's to round things out. Brilliant work all round.

Ms Gs

155 Victoria St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au/msgs

CUISINE Modern Asian
WINE LIST Frank Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 75 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($10-$9 by the glass)

The achingly hip Ms Gs has an appropriately hip-feeling wine list. That being said, you dig a bit deeper, beyond the shouty headers of 'dry, light & flirtatious' or 'the power & the tannin', and you get the gist that the wine list is well-chosen for the food menu. There's plenty of aromatic white wine styles, light and fresh reds, rose, some neatly selected Champagne. There is no focus of the list, per se, but Australian wines, particularly from progressive wine producers, are certainly in good stead and well represented. It's great to see names like Jamsheed, Head and Mac Forbes representing the vanguard here. A quibble, but in terms of layout, it's a bit of a forage for best wines, but you'll see them dotted amongst the well-judged wine offering.

Nagisa

N2/1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
(02) 4929 4122


nagisa.com.au

CUISINE Modern Japanese
WINE LIST Yohei Namba
WINEs ON LIST 100 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($18-$9 by the glass)

What a coup to see so much attention put on Japanese specific drinks to match the Japanese cuisine of the menu. The Japan alignment starts with an ideally-chosen selection of varying styles of sake and continues with a cool collection of Japanese whisky, a spirit category with a lot of currency currently. If wine is more your speed, then Nagisa has an excellent, Australia-focussed menu with particular importance placed on light, refreshing whites from New South Wales, and a choice line up of famed Japanese winery, Grace, various cuvees of Japan's koshu white grape variety. There's plenty to enjoy in this broadly appealing assortment of wine and drinks, and all are well-appointed for the delicacy of cuisine.

Newcastle Club

40 Newcomen St, Newcastle
(02) 4929 1224


newcastleclub.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Matt Underwood & Walter Henao
WINEs ON LIST490 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($25-$9.5 by the glass)

The Newcastle Club is doing its closest winemaking region proud. A list that boldly supports the Hunter Valley with sub-regional delineation of wines and a suite of back vintage releases that would have most wine geeks in a nervous head spin trying to chose. Support for local wine goes further than the Hunter, though, with a judicious selection of wines also coming from all other New South Wales wine producing reasons. It's a
great thing to see such an adherence to the 'locavore' concept. But the wine list doesn't stop at regional favourites, indeed, there's grower Champagne, benchmarks from the world's best known wine regions and a slew of interesting wines from Australia's younger generation avant garde wine producers. Few 'Club' venues would have petillant naturel wines from pint-sized producers adorning their lists, let alone Japanese and Greek red wines. The icing on the cake is the deep 'reserve' list of blue chip Australian icons across multiple vintages from Penfold's Grange and RWT, and Henschke Hill Of Grace. A very fine collection here.

Nomad

16 Foster St, Surry Hills
(02) 9280 3395


nomadwine.com.au

CUISINE Mediterranean influenced
WINE LIST Daniel Jacobson
WINEs ON LIST 75 (56 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($24-$11 by the glass)

Nomad's Australia-only wine list has matured considerably since opening, and now finds itself rolling deep in a fascinating array of lesser-known, artisan producers coupled to boutique winemakers of high renowned. It's a list that captures zeitgeist but also anchors drinkers into
the a broad spectrum of Australian wine. There's a decided lean to Australia's engaging natural wine scene with a roll call that includes The Other Right, LattaWines, Joshua Cooper and Frederick Stevenson. The list feels well judged and balanced, extracting best drinks, unique varieties and styles, while giving drinkers benchmark wines like Holyman Pinot Noir, a suite of Arras Sparkling wine and Picardy's Chardonnay. The Reserve list feels a little light on for what most might consider Reserve wines, but the thrill is in the 55-plus by the glass options where exploration is the reward. A bold, well done list.

North Bondi Fish

120 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi
(02) 9130 2155


northbondifish.com.au

CUISINE Seafood
WINE LIST Matt Dunne
WINEs ON LIST 49 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($21-$10 by the glass)

Neat and tidy, fit for purpose, this list reflects all that's good about seaside seafood dining - light, aromatic white wines, juicy, brightly flavoured reds, and, at the time of print, a brilliant, whole page dedicated to rose wine styles. While there's a good offering by the glass which helps with those casual diners just in for fish and chips, more interesting wines are available only by the bottle, like Sianpius' complex yet refreshing Tasmanian field blend, or Eldridge Estate's moreish, Mornington Peninsula 'PTG', a blend of pinot noir and gamay. Wine selection here tends to the smaller producers and sustainably grown-made wines. A duo of natural wines also grace the list. It's got Bondi, beach views, great seafood and good times written all over it.

One Ford Street

1 Ford St, Balmain
(02) 9818 4232


onefordstreet.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Fabio Dore
WINEs ON LIST 99 (12 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$10 by the glass)

It's an appealing list particularly for its mix of genuine Italian wines and those produced using Italian grape varieties in Australia - the cuisine of the restaurant benefits from an adherence to this theme. It races around Italy with light through to fuller figured whites, then dives into rosato, vibrant reds, fuller-figured red wines, and even has a section that pays homage to the volcanic soils of Etna. Indeed, it's great to see Occhipinti, COS and Lamoresca, darlings of the Sicily 'newer wave', given space in this wine selection. There's a couple of mature wines amongst the selection, but the reality is it's a list that's skewed to younger, fresher, fruit-forward wines, and indeed that seems appropriate for the cuisine. A great selection for a neighbourhood Italian restaurant, even if the overall offering is more sophisticated than it seems.

Ormeggio At The Spit

D'Albora Marina, Spit Rd, Mosman
(02) 9969 4088


ormeggio.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary Italian
WINE LIST Jeremy Croft
WINEs ON LIST349 (45 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($133-$9 by the glass)

Ormeggio at The Spit's food menu comes with a certain pedigree, so it's no surprise that the wine and drinks program is suitably excellent. There's a clear theme in Italian and Australian-Italian wine styles and grape varieties, but the list never makes it seem twee, instead giving diners a chance to work through some formidably high quality and well chosen wine. Forty-five-or-so wines by the glass is a good start - not a hair out of place in the selection here either, showcasing classic and emerging producers alongside each other, and the selection gives life to dishes rather than trying to be stars in their own right. Mature wines are judiciously listed, as are some of the growing sect of natural wines, the
latter given a dedicated page. Highlights in the list of course come from
prestige regions like Barolo, Barbaresco and Tuscany, but be ready to be
thrilled by cool inclusions from Franciacorta, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the alpine nebbiolo region of Valtellina. Indeed, though this isn't the most
encyclopaedic of lists, it's healthily long and imbued with the personality of the fine dining, water's edge restaurant, and the flair of sommelier Jeremy Croft.

Oscillate Wildly

275 Australia St, Newtown
(02) 9517 4700


oscillatewildly.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Gerald Ryan
WINEs ON LIST 300 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($19-$10 by the glass)

One of Sydney's best kept secrets is just how good Oscillate Wildly is as a dining experience, and alongside this one of Sydney's most creative yet well-balanced wine lists. Indeed, drinking at Oscillate Wildly is a temptation in itself, especially now they have a few bar tables to indulge yourself at, for this is a list that captures zeitgeist without being frivolous, showcases Australia's vanguard alongside stone-cold classics (perhaps a young, refrehing Michel Gahier Trousseau or maybe you're after a 1990 Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon?). The list leans towards natural wines with a steady focus on smaller, artisan producers who farm organically and biodynamically. There's also an intriguing array of well-chosen, lesser-known wine regions represented too, including Long Island (New York State), Tenerife (Canary Islands) and Valais (Switzerland). Champagne
runs very deep, particularly with grower-producers, Loire Valley (hello chenin blanc!) and Burgundy provide some additional highlights and touchstones. In essence, this is a benchmark collection for progressive dining.

Otto

8/6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
(02) 9368 7488


ottoristorante.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Nathan Lawler
WINEs ON LIST 290 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($25-$13 by the glass)

There's a rarified air and sophistication to this wine list, but that doesn't translate to wines that are out of reach, indeed, this feels like a collection of wine that offers near something for everyone, with vibrant classics from prestige Champagne producers, through to waters-edge staples from Marlborough's clique of fine sauvignon blanc producers, through to the accents from Italy that include many wines hewn from Italian-Australian grape varieties from well-selected wine producers. The list
delineates those growing grapes using organic or biodynamic viticulture, and Otto also offers a judiciously chosen selection of natural wines. It's a list that's progressed in recent years, fine tuned to show the modern face of Sydney's wine drinking culture, while anchoring guests in classics that they've come to adore. Best sections include a lengthy collection of elegant pinot noir
and you can imagine many enjoying the fuller figured reds made with Australian
shiraz. A broad list that covers many bases, and excites at each turn.

Owl House

97 Crown St, Darlinghurst
(02)9357 5060


theowlhouse.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Amir Halpert
WINEs ON LIST 50 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($26-$9 by the glass)

Having only fifty wines means that they surely have to be good, and Owl House does a commendable job of cramming in interesting producers alongside some more familiar styles and wines. There's a pretty big spread in the wine list too, so drinkers can rest assured that there'll be something pretty much for everyone. Nice to see a small focus on
biodynamic and organic producers too. While the wine list is far reaching, and there's plenty by the glass to keep you on your toes, it's great to see that the selection is actually 'bar-friendly' too, not requiring too much seriousness, but a selection that's high on drinkability for the most part. What really impresses beyond things fermented from grapes is the spirit line-up - phenomenal. A truly brilliant collection of all things distilled that's on offer neat, stirred, shaken or in one of the stylised house cocktails. It's certainly a hoot drinking at Owl House.

The Paddington

384 Oxford St, Paddington
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au/thepaddington

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Adrian Filiuta & Frank Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 90 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($22-$9 by the glass)

The Paddington sits somewhere between a pub and a restaurant so the corresponding wine list is laid back, short and sharp, but chock full of well-chosen, deliberately interesting, fine wines. Master Sommelier Franck Moreau is responsible for many of Sydney's best wine lists, and again he fosters a culture where comfort of familiar wine brands meets
innovation of emerging producers. The list triumphs with wines of high
drinkability but always with an eye on matching a spread of the food menu too. The list is rich with Champagne, from big house through to smaller producer. Chardonnay is a good place to forage for matches for the famed rotisserie chicken, and the neatly chosen Australian examples offer a breadth of style, while finer examples from Burgundy titillate. While there are many familiar staples on the wine list, it's great to see sections labelled 'other interesting grapes', where drinkers who feel like stretching themselves can have investigate some of the additional colour of the wine world. A very well appointed list here.

Paper Daisy

21 Cypress Cres, Cabarita Beach
(02) 6676 1444


halcyonhouse.com.au

CUISINEContemporary
WINE LIST Hiroyuki Okubo
WINEs ON LIST 180 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($20-$12 by the glass)

Cabarita Beach has a gem in Halcyon House, and the Paper Daisy dining experience is enhanced by this well-appointed, cleverly chosen wine list. It rolls out with a healthy dose of Champagne, including grower-producers selected alongside prestige cuvee wines like Cristal and Dom
Perignon. While there's plenty of familiar wines in benchmark Australian
producers like Crawford River, Cullen and Bass Phillip, it's great to see that inner city Sydney isn't the only bastion of natural wines, smaller artisan winemakers and emerging producers like Ochota Barrels, Mac Forbes and Romanee Tuff from Shobbrook. Indeed, the scope of this list is brilliant, and manages to fit criteria that few could quibble over, giving drinkers plenty of anchors in the global fine wine scene, while thrilling with some of the Australian wine community's more recent discoveries.

Papi Chulo

22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly
(02) 9240 3000


www.merivale.com.au/Papi_Chulo

CUISINE Smokehouse & Grill
WINE LIST Frank Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 100 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($19-$8 by the glass)

A snappy, cracking wine list that reflects the great energy of Papi Chulo with its cutting-edge selection and interesting collection of grape varieties and styles. Sure, there's staples from familiar worlds of Champagne, chardonnay and pinot noir, but it's when you delve into
the producers, and then take a stride down the 'others' path, that this wine list really gets its mojo firing. Indeed, it's the likes of Jamsheed, Ngeringa, Cirillo and Alpha Box & Dice, younger generation wine producers, where the Papi Chulo food offering really finds neat synergy. That being said, it's great to see a treasure trove of global staples included alongside, like malbec from Mendoza, riesling from Alsace and sauvignon blanc from Marlborough. For fine wine lovers keen on a bigger spend and more prestigious set of wines, don't miss the section titled 'Papi Chulo Hidden Treasures'. It's a list of great verve and sass, but likewise clever curation.

Pendolino

Shop 100-102, Level 2, 412-414 George St, Sydney
(02) 9231 6117


www.pendolino.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Cristian Casarin
WINEs ON LIST237 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($29-$10 by the glass)

Pendolino's list celebrates the restaurant's Italian heritage and gives diners the opportunity to explore the classic styles of the country and some of its less well-known vinous gems. Especially in its by the glass list. This is balanced by a comprehensive range of impressive Australian wines both with and without Italian connections.

Pilu At Freshwater

End of Moore Rd, Freshwater
(02) 9938 3331


pilu.com.au

CUISINE Sardinian
WINE LIST Adrian Hall
WINEs ON LIST 640 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($28-$15 by the glass)

Pilu at Freshwater has long been lauded for its exceptional wine list and continues to impress. Beautifully designed, laid out thoughtfully, and rich in content, the pages unfurl with a collection of Italian wines that support the food menu's Sardinian roots, but also show a willingness to offer diners a true breadth of experience. The current list is bolstered with biodynamic, organic and natural wines, but still finds great currency in classics like the impressive vein of Sassicaia, or artisanal beers and ciders of Italy (and now more local sources!), Pieropan's blisteringly fresh aromatic white wines, and Santadi's fascinating carignanos. Indeed, the
span of the list is one of its biggest charms; that it cleverly traverses so
many tastes, while adhering to adding context for dining, and of course, drinking pleasure. That the list is ever-changing yet on point with theme is testimony to time and effort from the whip-smart Pilu team. It remains, as ever, one of the best wine lists in the country.

Popolo

50 McLachlan Ave, Rushcutters Bay
(02) 9361 6641


popolo.com.au

CUISINE Southern Italian
WINE LISTAdrian Hall
WINEs ON LIST 256 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$11 by the glass)

What a stellar line-up of Italian wine! It's no punches pulled here, starting off with a seductive by the glass program that woos with its adventurous scope, and rolls straight into a kind of reserve list showcasing judiciously cellared, rare cuvees and staples of Italy's fine wine world. There are inclusions from other wine growing countries, but the idea here really is to dive into the exceptional Italian offering and have fun exploring. It's also noted that the cuisine of the restaurant is framed as southern Italian, so too the wine list showcases a wealth from Italy's more southerly wine growing areas. All this synergy might be the baseline for this excitement of this wonderful list, but the keen eye will also pick out some of Italy's most progressive and cultish wine producers in this mix - from Sicily alone we see COS, Lamoresca, Bonaccorsi and Occhipinti. Plenty to get stuck into. Suitably impressive Italian focus.

Postales

Lower Ground Floor, 1 Martin Pl, Sydney
(02) 9229 7744


gpogrand.com/postales-spanish-restaurant-sydney

CUISINE Spanish
WINE LISTFabio Trentin
WINEss ON LIST 96 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($11.5-$7.2 by the glass)

Postales over-delivers on its wine offering from the get go. Some 28 wines by glass is a good incentive to enjoy a broad experience of wine culture, from Spanish sparkling Cava through to edgier Barossa Valley wines like First Drop's Mother's Milk. The list isn't all about single glasses though, indeed diving into the full program shows a line-up of wine that pretty much encompasses all the significant wine growing regions of
the world, with what feels like a decided focus on Spain's hipper winemakers. Throughout the list there are famed names of country's best known winemakers, coupled to a progressive list of lesser known but high quality producers. All up, a fun list to drink from.

Prime

Lower Ground Floor, Building No.1, Martin Place, Sydney
(02) 9229 7777


gpogrand.com/prime-steak-restaurant-sydney

CUISINE Steak House/ French
WINE LIST Mr Franck Goze
WINEs ON LIST 400 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$11 by the glass)

Prime restaurant excels with its classic-leaning wine list, excelling at that intrinsic link between steak and red wine, and does it so well. There's a thoroughly French accent to the wine program in showcasing the breadth of various regions and wine growing areas in France, but
judicious selections have sorted the wheat from the chaff. Look out for rare vintage wines, or perhaps let sommelier Franck Goze guide you through the particular selection of fine Australian wine . Bordeaux runs relatively deep, but the super value is in the section marked Rhone Valley & Provence. Regardless, there's so much to chose on this list from home and further afield, that all tastes should be appeased.

Public Dining Room

2A,The Esplanade, Mosman
(02) 9968 4880


publicdiningroom.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LISTTim Perlstone
WINEs ON LIST366 (39 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($35-$11 by the glass)

This wine list almost has a rarified air, if such a thing could be. It's hewn from classic wines of the world, deep in just about every notable region and traditional style of Australia, set alongside well-appointed Champagne, Burgundy and New Zealand offerings. It feels like it's carefully chosen, laden with fine wines of the world, but with the key
ingredient of mature wines, and many of them, judiciously chosen for being in ideal drinking windows and deftly slotted into the menu at varying price points so the bounty of Public Dining Room's cellar is accessible to all. Indeed, there are few lists that have so much matured wine as a regular inclusion in their wine programs, and its gratifying to a wine enthusiast to see such a dazzling array of wines in their prime. The dessert wine list, often overlooked in our current epoch, is also a blast, covering a lot of ground and genuinely enticing. Fine wine lovers will be rewarded here.

Q Dining

61 Macquarie St, Sydney
(02) 9256 4000


qdining.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Adam Leonardi & Atsuko Asano
WINEs ON LIST 191 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($24-$13 by the glass)

An ambitious wine list that crams in a lot of diversity, from astutely selected fine wine totems of Australian and France, through to some very edgy, emerging wine producers who settle nicely into the quixotic header 'Weird, Funky & Natural'. The list leans towards the grower producers and those farming sustainably, or by those who, as the menu says, 'have respect for the land'. There's wines from Basket Ranges natural wine producers alongside a current feature page of Henschke mature-wine staples, a neat adjunct that says this list is going places and part of the thrill of dining. The sommelier team makes great effort to value-add to the reading of the wine list with comments that titillate with their context-giving to wines, and their justification for selection in the list; in essence, it's a great read if you spare the time. The wine list feels like a kaleidoscopic selection bursting at the seams with exciting wines, classics and cellar releases, so there's a delicious spread from which to build a rewarding dining experience.

Quay

Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
(02) 9251 5600


quay.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Amanda Yallop
WINEs ON LIST 520 (520 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($86-$13 by the glass)

The use of a Coravin tool to access cellar-matured and prestige wine, the inclusion of a growing collection of vanguard Australian and European natural wines, the adherence to fine wine culture and a dedicated, well-trained, high end sommelier team all conspire to elevate Quay's wine list to almost its best iteration yet seen. This is a formidable list that sets the tone for any true fine dining establishment in Australia, putting best local wines on a pedestal while showing the richness of a near impossibly deep cellar. Feature pages on lavish Krug Champagne offering add fireworks. Runs of multiple vintages from highlighted producers add extra zest. Bookending the table wine offering is a stupendous collection of aperitif, digestif, spirit, sweet wine, sake and beer - nothing is overlooked or given half measure. Quay has always been impressive for its wine program, it's just shifted up another gear, as hard as that is to fathom. A round of applause to Amanda Yallop and team.

Queens Club

137 Elizabeth St, Sydney
(02) 9264 1171


queensclub.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Michael Solomons
WINEs ON LIST 380 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$6 by the glass)

The Queens Club continues to impress with its thoughtful, deep, interesting wine list that goes far to dispel assumptions of what most 'Club' offerings would be. Indeed, while a back vintage collection of
Tyrrell's Vat 1 is impressive and appropriate-feeling, there's hip grower-Champagne, doyens of the natural wine world, and even an orange wine, nestled amongst the fortitude of the premium wine offering. Australian fine wine feels like it is the main focus of the wine list, but there's plentiful Burgundy, German and Austrian riesling, notable New Zealand wine producers and a swag of Claret (and Growth wines!) to flesh out the wine program. It's evident Sommelier Michael Solomons has his finger on the pulse of current wine culture in Australia, while ensuring guests find comfort in classic wines of global significance. Few club lists will come close to the level of detail and range found at Queens Club, and indeed, many restaurants could pay heed!

Reserve Wine Bar

102 Hunter St, Newcastle
(02) 4929 3393


reservewinebar.com.au

CUISINE Tapas Sharing
WINE LIST Patrick Haddock
WINEs ON LIST 300 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($60-$8 by the glass)

Reserve wine bar is anything but reserved, showcasing a dazzling breadth of grape varieties and wine styles, all the while firmly anchoring their fun-loving wine list into local (Hunter Valley), New South Wales, and Australian wines. Indeed, few wines lists in the country do as well to cover as much ground in Australia, and it's great to see stalwart wineries given airtime amongst the flicker of emerging wine producers in this list. A Coravin tool means some extra of Reserve's cellar can be opened by the glass, and there's a triumphant, extraordinarily lengthy collection of
legendary Hunter Valley producer Lake's Folly's wines available. While proudly offering staples, emerging and lesser-known varieties are eagerly spruiked in this list too. A wry sense of humour and plenty of plays-on-words introduce many of the headings and wines of the wine list, so it's an amusing read in hand too. It's a wine list that lets you play, have fun, indulge and learn.

Restaurant Botanica

555 hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
(02) 6574 7229


spicersretreats.com/spicers-vineyards-estate/dining/

CUISINE Regional, Modern Australian
WINE LIST Belinda Stapleton
WINEs ON LIST 207 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($18-$10 by the glass)

Restaurants in wine regions can be a tricky thing where the balance of a wine list has to reflect the regional offering, but also entice drinkers to enjoy the opportunity to drink from further afield, if the mood takes. Restaurant Botanica does a great job of finding that comfortable balance, where the focus is firmly on the great wines and producers
of the Hunter Valley wine region, with morsels from Australian and
international wine regions. First up, it's great to see the local wine show
trophy winners given air time at the beginning of the list - diners can enjoy 'best of's as awarded locally, then dive in to reams of back vintage offerings from the halcyon likes of Tyrrell's, Thomas Wines, Brokenwood, Scarborough, Mount Pleasant, to name a few. While semillon and shiraz, both Hunter Valley staples, are very much in the majority in this list, it's great to see emerging varieties and house specialities, like, say chardonnay or a barbera, from Hunter producers, also getting listed. A fine example of a regional wine growing area collection.

Ripples At Chowder Bay

Building 7, Chowder Bay Rd, Mosman
(02) 9960 3000


rippleschowderbay.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Anastasia Drakopoulos & Daniele Brembilla
WINEs ON LIST 100 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($19-$12 by the glass)

Ripples at Chowder Bay enjoys one of Sydney's most idyllic, seaside locales, so it's no surprise that the wine list reflects an ease of drinking, casualness and familiarity that makes for great dining experiences. The list is chock-full of fresh, young white wines, well-known Champagne, riesling and Hunter Valley semillon staples, and focuses primarily on Australian classic wines and styles. That being said, there's a clique of progressive wine producers and left-of-centre grape varieties creeping into the list, lending some depth and further interest. Indeed, a small section of orange wines and delineation of biodynamic and organic producers is setting a new tone for this clever and broad wine list. Dotted amongst the offering are some handy, matured wines too. It's a happening wine list with a breadth of choice for all.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney

66 Hunter St, Sydney
(02) 8078 1900


rockpool.com

CUISINE Steak house
WINE LIST Richard Healy
WINEs ON LIST 4714 (56 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($160-$10 by the glass)

A commanding list - extensive, well researched, full of interesting producers all the while exploring both established and emerging wines from around the world.  The depth and breadth of available vintages and producers is nothing short of impressive.  The list of Burgundian wines is particularly concentrated.  Fittingly for steak, the Shiraz section is vast and showcases a who's-who of international producers, covering cult wines and producers like Guigal's 'La La's', Jaboulet's La Chapelle, Astralis, Angelo Gaja, Clonakilla and Grange, just to name a few. Richard Healy and Rockpool present a list in balance between small producers with precise focuses such as Dan Standish from the Barossa, through to the worlds biggest players.  The cellar shows significant investment; the selection is discerning, and the sheer quantity of wines on the list is
formidable.  Should you find tourself here and wine is not your thing.... the selection of spirits and their descriptions is jaw-dropping.  Read
through that section of the list - you might just learn something. Rockpool Sydney is deserving of every accolade it earns, bravo.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

33 Peel St, Kirribilli
(02) 9955 7171


rsys.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jamie Dickinson
WINEs ON LIST 998 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($20-$6 by the glass)

Overlooking the Sydney Harbour, The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron has got to be house of the most extensive wine cellars of any yacht club in Australia.  With 998 wines available to try, and 28 by the glass, it is easy to see why you might like to take up sailing come summer.  With premium wines coming from all over the globe (including champagne,
Burgundy, Bordeaux, Australia, the United States and Spain), and verticals every which way you look, this is a breathtaking array of wines.

Sailors Thai

106 George St, The Rocks ,Sydney
(02) 9251 2466


sailorsthai.com.au

CUISINE Thai
WINE LIST Charles Harper
WINEs ON LIST 100 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($22-$10 by the glass)

Charles Harper at Sailor Thai shows us the importance of a sommelier's knowledge and that a big list is not always best.  This list is incredible.  It is a discerning, concise and well chosen list, and with many options being a thoughtful match for David Thomson's spicy Thai.The comments on particular wines throughout the list are insightful, correct and provide good context.  Harper doesn't  just tell you what the wine might taste like (and let's be honest, that's a personal experience) he puts the wineries, regions, winemakers and grape varieties into context - a nuanced skill overlooked by many writing about wine.  The wines available by the glass are a clear introduction to the list at large, and are a balance between local and international producers.  Perhaps due to its size, this list may sail under the radar, but it would be both a missed opportunity and a great shame - don't miss it.

Sails On Lavender Bay

2 Henry Lawson Ave, McMahons Point 
(02) 9955 5998


sailslavenderbay.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTAdam Moody
WINEs ON LIST 195 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($21-$13 by the glass)

The location doesn't get much better than this... Sails is built over the water looking out across Lavender Bay, the Harbour Bridge, Sydney city and the Opera House.  The wine list matches the menu and is interesting, well thought out, adventurous in places and focussed on
quality.  Sommelier Adam Moody has compiled a group of wines that take us on a journey through different regions and styles.  He has chosen wines that are the best examples of the region, variety and price range, meaning there is something here for every level of wine lover. Don't miss the Neudorf 'Moutere' Chardonnay (New Zealand's greatest?) and if you're in the mood to splurge - look out for the great 2010 vintage in Rhone - Giles Robin Crozes Hermitage '1920'.

Sake Double Bay

The Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay, 33 Cross St, Double Bay
(02) 8017 3104


sakerestaurant.com.au/double-bay

CUISINE Modern Japanese
WINE LIST Gustavo Kroneis
WINE ON LIST 131 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$11 by the glass)

The Sake selection at Sake Double Bay is epic.  This list starts with a
description of sake, and an introduction to their 'brewing partner' in Japan, then goes on to offer 6 pages of Junmai, Sake, Ginjo, it also has a sparkling Sake by the glass... ever tried it?  This is what you're starting with.  The wine list itself is great - it has plenty of recognisable houses from Australia, New Zealand and France - there is also quite a selection of wines you might not have had before. Between these, the Sake and the Japanese craft beer list, there is surely something for every palate here.  The pricing is broad, ranging from good value to super premium, and the investment bottles on the list show a good handle on vintage and region.  The food menu completes the picture offering traditional Japanese with a modern twist.  Yes.

Sake The Rocks

12 Argyle St, The Rocks
(02) 9259 5656


sakerestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Modern Japanese
WINE LIST Gustavo Kroneis
WINE ON LIST 204 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($20-$11 by the glass)

This is a really cool list - we love the strong start with over 40 sakes to choose from - a great way to ease into the exciting journey through Japan that both the food and wine menus are about to take you on. This list gives you plenty of opportunity to splash out on premium back vintages from Burgundy, Australia, Italy and Spain, but also has an extensive selection of aromatic and textural whites - the perfect match to Japanese food.  Sake also lists wines from the Grace Winery in Japan (from the Yamanashi Prefecture which is south west of Tokyo on the
main Honshu island and is also the home of Mt Fuji), so if you've not tried Japanese wine before this is your chance.

Salaryman

52-54 Albion St, Surry Hills


salaryman.com.au

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Paolo Saccone
WINEs ON LIST 30 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($23-$10 by the glass)

Mini but mighty!  A list doesn't need to contain all of the wines of the world to hit the spot, as proven by this list at Salaryman in Surry Hills.  Topping out at a total of 30 carefully chosen wines (everything from Gruner to Monastrell), this list has a great sake selection and a solid range of spirits, craft beers and cocktails.  With over two thirds of the wines available by the glass, and decent descriptions to accompany the sake selection, Salaryman makes choosing what to drink a breeze.

Samuels

384 Lawrence Margrave Dr, Thirroul
(02) 4268 2244


samuelsrestaurantthirroul.com.au

CUISINE Fine Dining
WINE LIST Romain Bastianel
WINEs ON LIST 200 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($24-$12 by the glass)

Samuel's in Thirroul has a really interesting list which shows a focus on regionality and variety.  They have some older vintage wines which
would be so exciting to try (Howard Park Riesling 1998, Tyrrell's Vat 1
Semillon 1998)  and a good mix of prices, ranging from the mid thirties all the way up to $600+.  Perhaps one of the most interesting wines on
the list is the rare John Kosovich 1964 Muscat from the Swan Valley in WA - there can't be too many still kicking around the marketplace...Samuel's has a varied and interesting list, spanning a range of vintages, price ranges, styles and regions.They also have a significant collection of premium spirits, fortifieds and other options available.

Season Drink Dine

Bells Boulevard, Kingscliff
(02) 6674 7766


seasonkingscliff.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Dirk de Beer
WINEs ON LIST 183 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$8.50 by the glass)

Season. Drink. Dine. Poised in an idillic setting in Kingscliffe, on the coast north of Byron Bay in NSW presents a vibrant, modern and affordable wine list.  On offer is a degustation option that illustrates the chef’s attention to detail, matched to an all-Australian vino line-up.  With a good selection of varieties and region this list has plenty to explore.

Sepia

201 Sussex St, Sydney
(02) 9283 1990


sepiarestaurant.com

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Rodney Setter
WINEs ON LIST 1250 (84 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($70-$8 by the glass)

This list is nuts.  It seems to have one of almost every main known grape variety in the world: it’s like an MW prep exam compiled into a wine list.  The abundance of half bottles, interesting explorations into varieties (a whole page of Chenin Blanc for example) and a large range of prices means there is almost something for every palate and wallet.  This is an
engaging, challenging and exciting list.  Out there, but wonderful.  If
you’ve not yet tried kerner, rabigato, timorasso, harslevelu mouraton or listan negro, then Sepia is the place for you.  Equally, if premium pinot or cult riesling is more your fancy, then your fancy can find a place here, too. Impressive and edgy.  A must see.

Silvereye

20-24 Broadway,, Chippendale
(02) 8277 8520


silvereye-restaurant.com.au

CUISINE Nordic Australian
WINE LIST James Audas
WINEs ON LIST 450 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($29-$15 by the glass)

What a list! Nestled in the old Clare Hotel, and led by the talented Head Chef Sam Miller (ex-sous Chef at NOMA Copenhagen), this is a brave, imaginative, clearly focused list; it strays away from the known, the mainstream, and the big name... natural, oxidised, textural, alternative, beguiling and evocative. Very well suited to the food menu, incredible restaurant fit out and presentation of everything is en pointe. YES.

Sokyo

The Star G/80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
(02) 9657 9161


star.com.au/sokyo

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Fabio Nistrio
WINEs ON LIST 750 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($65-$10 by the glass)

There can’t be many venues that could offer a 1969 Chenin Blanc by the glass, or Pontet Canet from Bordeaux, but Sokyo can. With an impressive Sake list to play within the Japanese theme and a wine list that ventures from verticals of Grosset to a plentitude of premium spirits, this is a big list, with big investment in the big names from most of the great estates around the world.

Spice Temple Sydney

10 Bligh St, Sydney
(02) 8078 1888


spicetemple.com

CUISINE Regional Chinese
WINE LIST Gary Armstrong
WINEs ON LIST 100 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($29-$13 by the glass)

The new Neil Perry venture opens with the following statement: “100 wines explained in 100 words” I checked it. It is 100 words, and it tells you that “every wine fights for its place on this list.”  It immediately instills confidence in what’s happening here, the list is limited to the best they can find.  A good start.    This is a great selection of wines - Spice
Temple has hit the cult nail on the head listing wines from Keller, Jean-Luc Mader, Grosset, Thienot, J.J. Prum, Donhoff.... Rippon, Elio Altare, Clonakilla and S.C. Pannell just to name a few. An interesting, balanced and very tempting list.

St Isidore

89 Croobyar Rd, Milton
(02) 4455 7261


stisidore.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISt Sasha Siljanovic
WINEs ON LIST 71 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($11-$9 by the glass)

Step into St Isidore in Milton, 3 hours south of Sydney, and step into a world of slow food and great attention to detail. Head chef/owner Alex Delly (of Ezard and Circa Prince fame) and his partner Jo have created a restaurant dedicated to local produce “celebrating the beauty of season and origin” with many of the items on the menu grown in the garden.  Match to this a wine list with everything from savagnin to touriga nacional, and you have yourself a little country gem.

Steeds Club Grill & Bar

116-118 James Ruse Dr, Rosehill, Parramatta
(02) 8863 7600


steedsgrill.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Melissa Smith
WINEs ON LIST 132 (32 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$10 by the glass)

Here is a list which ticks all the boxes: the focus is on providing Steeds customers with a substantial range of good to very good wines at fair prices. It shows some of the best of Australia in an international context. There is a leaning towards established favourites and offers a comfortable choice of these.

Sushi E

252 George St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Frank Moreau
WINEs ON LIST Frank Moreau
WINE PRICES$$$ ($55-$15 by the glass)

For a Japanese restaurant, you might expect the Sake selection to overtake the Champagne selection.  Sushi E has a great Sake selection but the champagnes here take the cake.  With interesting (and sometimes hard to find!) boutique producers such as Thienot, Jacquesson, Egly-Ouriet and Delamotte, through to the well known Dom Perignon and Krug, this list has investment in champagne in epic proportions. There’s  enough variety here to match a different champagne to every course, if only there was more than just one option available by the glass!

Uccello

Level 4, Ivy 320 George St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au/uccello

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Alice Massaria & Frank Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 475 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($26-$12 by the glass)

This is an innovative list.  Uccello remains true to its Italian roots with good listings of Barolo, the Super Tuscans, Valpolicella, Chianti and Brunello, whilst being cleverly integrated with other international wine styles.  Interestingly, not all of the Italian wines are from Italy.... Arneis from the Adelaide Hills, Nero d'Avola from McLaren Vale and Vermentino from Heathcote show how much Italy has become a part of our Australian wine culture. With Barolos on the list dating back to the mid 60's and plenty of opportunity to splurge should the occasion call for it, this is an exciting list that should not be missed.

Union University And Schools
Club

25 Bent St, Sydney
(02) 9232 8266


uusc.com.au

CUISINE Traditional & Modern Australian
WINE LIST Elliot Gray
WINEs ON LIST 189 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($20-$7 by the glass)

Established in 1857 and nestled in the heart of Sydney CBD, a club steeped in tradition.  The club has a wine cellar that houses everything from great, old Bordeaux, through to Grange (and all at club prices if you’re lucky enough to be a member…).  It is well balanced, great value, and 27 wines available by the glass; champagne starting at $10 a glass, and still wines from $7.  A compelling reason of many to look up membership.

Upstairs, Lord Nelson

19 Kent St, Millers Point
(02) 9251 4044


lordnelsonbrewery.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Blair Hayden & Kristian Savio
WINEs ON LIST 250 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$8 by the glass)

Housed in Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel - Upstairs (is upstairs) at The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, The Rocks, Sydney.  This must be one of the few (only?) restaurants/bars in Australia which features a Rockford Sparkling Shiraz spotlight - it’s so Aussie that it’s edgy.  Featuring some wines that are extremely limited and highly recommended (Walsh & Sons Semillon Chardonnay from Margaret River - less than one pallet made a vintage and always sold out) this
is an interesting, alternative list that features everything from white Rhone blends to natural wines and plenty of great international and domestic wines dotted throughout.  Keep ‘em coming.

Vinery Foods

125 Johnston St, Annandale
(02)9566 4266


vineryfoods.com.au

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Joseph Moussa
WINEs ON LIST 346 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($20-$11 by the glass)

Now this is an interesting list… Vinery Foods goes to some trouble in this list to provide descriptions for some of their more obscure offerings.  The reading on Aromatised Wines is really useful to have, it’s not everyday you can call visiting a wine bar educational!  A really well thought through selection of wines, showing a flexibility and sense of adventure not he part of the sommelier.

Waterman's Lobster Co.

5/29 Orwell St, Potts Point
(02) 9380 2558


watermanslobsterco.com

CUISINE Seafood
WINE LIST Matt Swieboda
WINEs ON LIST 65 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($17-$8 by the glass)

Here's another cleverly themed bar for Matt Swieboda that is ideal for relaxing with some American style seafood and appropriate wines or spirits. The small Waterman's list packs a punch with a substantial range of impeccably-chosen varietials from around the globe. The list promotes sustainable viticulture and the cutting edge.

Wine Library

18 Oxford St, Woollahra
(02) 9360 5686


wine-library.com.au

CUISINE European Tapas
WINE LIST John Giuffre
WINEs ON LIST 270 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($24-$10 by the glass)

Tongue in cheek  descriptions but serious choices - The Wine Library wine list is full of serious choices described in funny ways.  We’re loving the blind date with a wine idea “Live on the wild side” and purchase a glass of wine, red or white, for $12.  They’ve also got a good selection of spirits, fortified and aperitifs.

Winery

285a Crown St, Surry Hills
(02) 9331 0833


thewinerysurryhills.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Mathew Oliver & Reid Green & Chris Morrison
WINEs ON LIST322 (33 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$10 by the glass)

The extensive wine list at the Winery in Surry Hills has a commanding list choc-a-block full of wine options from all over the globe.  The list itself is well laid out and easy to navigate, ranging from well known, to adventurous to premium, the wines on offer here are both plentiful and well chosen.

Workshop

248 Armidale Rd, Tamworth
(02) 6766 7000


qualityhotelpowerhouse.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTDaine Cooper
WINEs ON LIST 188 (66 by the glass
WINE PRICES$$$ ($18-$8 by the glass)

The Workshop has 66 wines available by the glass, making what to decide to drink a big task!  They have an extensive offering of cocktails and spirits (and Sake) so it’s really a matter of mood.  Look out for the Isole e Olena Chianti Classico (sangiovese) for a delicious alternative to pinot, and not for everyones budget but definitely worth a look - 15 vintages of Grange, from 1990 - 2010.

Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf

The Boulevarde, Woy Woy
(02) 4341 1171


woywoyfishermenswharf.com.au

CUISINE Seafood
WINE LIST Michaela Clayon
WINEs ON LIST 41 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($15-$5 by the glass)

What an adventure!  We can't call this list balanced (22 whites by the glass and only 1 red) but it certainly knows what it's about: fish.  There is a great range of domestic and international wines on this list, seemingly chosen expressly around the occasion of eating fish... focussed.  The menus look great, and immediately you smile - a great start to any dining
experience.  Woy Woy Fisherman's Wharf is built out over the water in a boat shed, has a colourful and nautically themed menu, and absolutely delivers on its promise of classic fish and chips.  We're fairly certain it has the best value wine list around... 1er Cru Chablis at $15 a glass anyone?  Or how about a $5 SSB to get you started...

Yellow

57 Macleay St, Potts Point
(02) 9332 2344


yellowsydney.com.au

CUISINE Modern Vegetarian
WINE LIST Nick Hildebrandt
WINEs ON LIST 400 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($16-$8 by the glass)

It has to be said, that the baked in-house bread and hand churned (whipped and salted) butter at Yellow in Potts Point is up there with some of the best in the country.  The wine list focuses on interesting and mainly alternative wines to match to their detail focused vegetarian menu.  Love how the wines are listed in order of weight and mouthfeel - a crucial feature when trying to decide what to match to your food.  Listing wines from Jura to Serbia, to Long Island in the US, Yellow presents us with a varied and exciting wine list - there is a well priced 7 course menu with matching wines available… what better way to dine than to leave all the work in other people’s hands?

Zest

194-204 Pitt St, Sydney
(02) 9287 6415


citytatts.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian & Asian Fusion
WINE LIST William Corbett
WINEs ON LIST 123 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20.30-$6.90 by the glass)

The City Tattersals Club is Sydney's oldest operating club and was founded in 1895, and it has a great selection of old wine to fit the esteem of the club.  Many of Australia's great wines from the 1990's particularly can be found on this list, including the 1998 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz, the 1999 Cullen Cabernet Merlot (now known as the Diana Madeline), and the 1998 Gioconda Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wines by the glass offer something in most price ranges - from $6 through to $20.  If you're in the mood to start the evening with something deeply interesting, why not go for the Bollinger Grand Annee 1997, or the 1998 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay?

Zilver

Level G, 477 Pitt St, Haymarket
(02) 9211 2232


zilver.com.au

CUISINE Chinese
WINE LIST Chillie Poon
WINEs ON LIST 183 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($13-$9 by the glass)

It's got all the classics to cover you from yum cha through to Peking Duck and back to BBQ pork - the kind of wine list that services a great breadth of Chinese dishes with a heavy focus on Australian riesling classics like Jim Barry Watervale, Pewsey Vale and Petaluma and then
giving fine wine drinkers a helping hand with prestige red wines like vintage Penfolds Bin 707 and Henschke Hill Of Grace. There's a small collection of Penfold's Grange for those celebrating, and a neatly calibrated list of spicy dish-friendly light-to-medium weight red wine produced from pinot noir from around the world, including premium offerings from Oregon and Central Otago. It's a friendly list that welcomes drinkers of all ilks, and feels homely and bound well to the overall quality offering at Zilver restaurant.