Best Wine Bar List

Love, Tilly Devine

Love, Tilly Devine

91 Crown Ln, Darlinghurst
(02) 9326 9297


lovetillydevine.com

Cuisine Modern Australian
WINE LIST Gabrielle Webster
WINEs ON LIS 185 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$22 by the glass)

Love, Tilly Devine’s list boasts an unpretentious range that is chosen with knowledge and insight. The selection of wines is adventurous and broad, and dares you to try something new. After reading through the descriptions of wine styles, regions and a quick refresher on Winemaking 101, there is no style or variety that is out of bounds. Your wine IQ will rise after reading through what sommelier Gabrielle Webster has to say.

The list ranges from very affordable, to super premium, making sure to pause and nod to the great varieties of riesling and pinot noir. The Riesling Top Ten Fact checklist had us chuckling.

There are great and concise collections of Grower Champagnes, pét-nats, orange wines, natural wines, rosés, Georgian wines, a pinot noir focus, and a large cross-section of reds, characterised largely by wines which possess great minerality, freshness, acidity, tannin and vivacity. It’s a who’s who of up-and-coming, passionate wineries that boast cult-like followings – for good reason.

The wine list at Love, Tilly Devine is a goddamn masterpiece and a ripping read. Erin Larkin

Finalists

Comptoir

60 Stanley St, Collingwood
(03) 9080 7474


comptoir.com.au

CUISINEEuropean Wine Bar
WINE LIST David Lawler/Tim Sacklin
WINEs ON LIST 100 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8-$132 by the glass)

The opportunity to enjoy a wine like Coche Dury or a Rousseau Grand Cru from 2005 by the glass will excite the most jaded winelover – and who knows what will be available next week. A list that screams quality from every corner – Donnhoff, Bindi, Chatto, JJ Prom and so much more. And that is before we even get to their Reserve list. This is a tight list but an exceptional one, carefully constructed. It represents excellent value.

Ash Street Cellars

1 Ash St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000


merivale.com.au/ashstcellar

CUISINEModern European style tapas
WINE LIST Stuart Halliday/Franck Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 211 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICEs$$ ($11-$26 by the glass)

There is a strong chance you won't know too many wines on this quintessential global wine list. To the curious wine drinker that is an exciting prospect. The chance to try a Hungarian furmint, a cabernet franc from the Loire, or a blaufrankisch from Austria - all at fair prices - is an adventure waiting to happen, made all the better for the tapas foods that accompany them. The odd Australian offers some familiarity. We recommend the flight of three sherries with canapes.

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS: Amazing new bars continue to pop up – led by David Lawler and Tim Sacklin’s Comptoir with their recreation of the European wine bar. There’s new life in Ash St Cellar’s creative take on what a wine bar should offer.