Cuisine Modern Australian
WINE LIST Christian Blair
WINEs ON LIST 110 (25-30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$22 by the glass)
Three cheers for the Readers’ Choice Award. It celebrates the joy of customers who love drinking at a venue because of its stellar collection of wine and drinks, but also its service and atmosphere.
Annata isn’t located in the hip inner city, but instead it is found on Sydney’s lower north shore. It’s a venue hewn from industry experience and a contemporary understanding of Australian drinks culture, thanks to the father and son partnership of Nick and Christian Blair. Nick draws on his global knowledge to bring in more traditional wine styles from producers like Mount Mary, Parker of Coonawarra and Chablis’ Domaine Christian Moreau. Christian celebrates the avant garde and emerging undercurrent of edgier grape varieties and styles. It’s a potent combination that introduces drinkers to a variety of styles.
It’s a superb exploration of wine culture, distilled into a wonderfully collated and accessible list. Kudos and congratulations to the Blairs. Mike Bennie