Best Food & Wine Matching

Aubergine

Aubergine

18 Barker St, Griffith, Canberra
(02) 6260 8666


aubergine.com.au

Cuisine Modern Australian
WINE LIST Cyril Thevenet
WINES ON LIST 525 (39 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$38 by the glass)

For a restaurant to excel at food and wine matching, there must be synergy between the sommelier and the chef.

That is exactly what occurs at Aubergine.

Sommelier Cyril Thevenet has a depth of knowledge and a passion for wine that is infectious. Teamed with Ben Willis’ contemporary food, they provide you with an unforgettable dining experience.

It is hard to go past the degustation, with the choice of a standard or premium pairing. Both options allow that magical union where there is a thread of compatibility between the wine and the meal, yet both are free to express themselves fully. Thevenet achieves a rare balance of being loyal to the local producers, yet also providing sophisticated Australia-wide and international selections. The varietal mix is exciting and diverse. Enjoy nero d’avola with duck breast, plums and shiso, or perhaps a pedro ximénez and muscat with John Dory.

Don’t miss the opportunity to engage Thevenet in discussion about the wines listed. His thoughts are insightful and will greatly enhance your dining experience. Toni Paterson MW

Finalists

Ezard

187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
(03) 9639 6811


ezard.com.au

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Brendan Bennett
WINEs ON LIST 350 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$70 by the glass)

This is an international list of great breadth. The Australian section gives good coverage to Victoria and balances established and cutting-edge producers. Overseas, classic varieties are given greater coverage yet there is a good range of emerging varieties. Throughout, great care is taken to choose outstanding producers.

The Argus Dining Room

124 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs
(03) 5348 4199


theargusdiningroom.com.au

CUISINEContemporary
WINE LIST Jeremy Shiell
WINE ON LIST 450 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($7-$25 by the glass) 

Small collections from exceptional makers, both locally – Bindi, Wendouree – and from offshore – Ulysse Collin, Cotat, Lafarge – ensure that this list stands out from the crowd. Locals, especially Victorians, proliferate but there are also many offerings from abroad – more than enough for everyone. And for those wanting to go out on that natural limb, a selection of orange wines. Pricing is seriously appealing.

Brae

4285 Cape Otway Rd, Birregurra
(03) 5236 2226


braerestaurant.com

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Jared Hill/Simon Freeman
WINEs ON LIST450 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$34 by the glass)

Australia’s new international superstar on the restaurant scene deserves a wine list to match and it certainly has one that should attract an equal amount of attention. Don’t come looking for old familiar names and pleasant commercial offerings. There is a smattering of great names but mostly emerging stars. The local heroes are perhaps its strongest feature. This is the vinous version of extreme sports.

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS: Teage Ezard has a feel for adapting his imaginative food to complex wines. The Argus Dining Room accepts challenges in its thoughtful and often bold degustation. At Brae, Dan Hunter shows bravado with his dreamy pairings.