Best Small List (100)

Chiswick, Woollahra

Chiswick, Woollahra

65 Ocean St, Woollahra
(02) 8388 8688

Cuisine Contemporary
WINE LIST Matt Dunne
WINES ON LIST 64 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $-$$ ($11-$25 by the glass)

Chiswick’s beverage list is stellar for a number of reasons, but resonates particularly for the finetuning that occurs as seasons change. Winter sees cocktails enhanced with heartier ingredients and fuller flavours, while red wines shift from brighter, fresher styles to selections that come with a little extra plushness and heft. It’s an intuitive and impressive list.

The list is anchored in the fine wine world with grand marques of Champagne including Dom Pérignon and Taittinger available alongside Australian wines from established, premium producers such as Brokenwood, Crawford River and Best’s. Australia’s emerging generation of winemakers also find a place. It’s great to see vignerons like Ravensworth and The Wine Farm with their expressive wines.

This is a clever list that offers drinkers the familiar, but also a chance to explore young, fresh and vibrant drops from emerging wine styles and grape varieties. Chiswick shows that having no misses is possible, with a carefully selected compilation of high-quality wines, simpatico with what is coming out of the kitchen.  Mike Bennie


Black Cow Bistro

70 George St, Launceston
(02) 9280 3395

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINEs ON LIST 100 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12.50-$30 by the glass)

So much joy to be found in these pages.  A beautifully formed list, with one hundred great wines from Tasmania and beyond.  Well-presented and easy to read, showcasing great wines, varied in style, from top producers. And refreshingly, the international selection, mainly French and Italian, is well-priced allowing for carefree experimentation.  Of course, there are also some prestige wines, on which to blow the budget, if the occasion arises.

China Lane

2 Angel Pl, Sydney
(02) 9231 3939

CUISINEModern Asian
WINE LIST Clint Hillery
WINEs ON LIST 95 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$26 by the glass)

The China Lane wine list, like that of its sister China Doll, is all class from the quality of wines by the glass to the Asian food friendly wines especially marked out for your consideration. It's an international wine list sprinkled with little gems like Quealy pinot grigio, Pommier Chablis, Craggy Range pinot noir. The list shares similarities to the China Doll list, but you won't find a section there boasting big, rich reds described as 'Food Unfriendly but 100% Delicious.' Will you be tempted?

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS: Launceston’s Black Cow Bistro balances affordable local gems with jewels from overseas while China Lane’s revitalised list is carefully chosen, well-priced and impeccably matched with the food. Sydney’s Spice Temple is strong by the glass.