Western Australia Winner

Il Lido

Il Lido

88 Marine Pde, Cottesloe 
(08) 9286 1111


illido.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Dan Wegener 
WINEs ON LIST 430 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$35 by the glass)

Dan Wegener has turned his considerable knowledge, well-respected experience and a big dose of charm towards his restaurant Il Lido, which manages to be humble, yet upmarket, focused, full of energy and confident.

The list walks a tightrope of emerging, boundary-pushing producers from Australia and beyond, and classic rock star producers from the most celebrated regions in the world. It’s focused largely on Italy, although not exclusively, and explores Dan’s love of local producers who are creating high quality and exciting wines. Il Lido is a checklist of Italian superstars: Vietti, Gaja, Ca’ Del Bosco, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, and Aldo Conterno, to name but a few. There are also grower Champagnes across a range of styles.

We love the brief write-ups peppered throughout the list. Many of them speak about visiting the vineyards or talking with a particular producer, and often go on to explain why a certain winery, variety or region is worth trying.

The restaurant is laid-back, the service is impeccable, and the food is excellent. Erin Larkin

Finalists

Apple Daily

Print Hall, Level 1, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth
(08) 6282 0088


printhall.com.au

CUISINE Asian Fusion
WINE LIST Damien Thomine / Jean-Charles Mahe
WINEs ON LIST 975 (49 by the glass) 
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$75 by the glass)

An engaging and comprehensive list, of local and international wines that will delight serious wine lovers with its complexity and depth. However, its friendly tone and nature, complete with colourful manga illustrations, make this a list that is accessible to all. The list caters to all desires, whether that be a familiar Western Australian drop or a prestige Burgundy. Young guns sit comfortably beside established players, with quality being the driver behind all listings. And there are personal selections from the sommelier if you need a little guidance. The picture is completed by creative cocktails, Asian whiskies, a wide selection of gins (and tonics), regional spotlights and an extensive selection of wine-by-the-glass, including premium aged examples via Coravin. A list of personality and class.

Lalla Rookh Wine Store

77 St Georges Tce, Perth
(08) 9325 7077


lallarookh.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LISTJeremy Prus
WINEs ON LIST 500 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$90 by the glass)

Perch on a stool in this 'dine-in' wine shop, order a house selection of salumi and pickles and drink one of 500 expertly-chosen drops for a mere $10 corkage. The by-the-glass offering consists of mainly young French and Italian wines, though there is an additional high-end selection, some with age, by the half or full glass. By the bottle, the list showcases high-end European wines, including grower Champagnes and edgy, experimental producers, plus aspirational Burgundies. Western
Australian wines are in the minority though there are some carefully chosen interstate and kiwi jewels. Overall, it is a pretty slick listing.

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS: The great list from Print Hall has been reborn at Apple Daily while Lalla Rookh Wine Store shows the value of Jeremy Prus’ careful curating. Budburst remains on song; Mayfair Lane introduces a rollicking new tune to Perth and The Shorehouse shows a measure of sophistication.

Glass-Rated

Apple Daily

125 St Georges Terrace, Perth
(08) 6282 0000


printhall.com.au

CUISINE Asian Fusion
WINE LIST Damien Thomine / Jean-Charles Mahé
WINEs ON LIST 975 (49 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$75 by the glass)

An engaging and comprehensive list, of local and international wines that will delight serious wine lovers with its complexity and depth.   However, its friendly tone and nature, complete with colourful manga illustrations, make this a list that is accessible to all.  The list caters to all desires, whether that be a familiar Western Australian drop or a prestige Burgundy.  Young guns sit comfortably beside established players, with quality being the driver behind all listings.  And there are personal selections from the sommelier if you need a little guidance.   The picture is completed by creative cocktails, Asian whiskies, a wide selection of gins (and tonics), regional spotlights and an extensive selection of wine-by-the-glass, including premium aged examples via Coravin. A list of personality and class.

Balthazar

6 The Esplanade, Perth
(08) 9421 1206


balthazar.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Dan Morris / Emma Ferguson / Ash O'Meara
WINEs ON LIST 99 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$17.50 by the glass)

There is a lot of fun to be had with this eclectic collection of wines.  Though it is a real melange of producers, varieties, vintages and styles so don't be afraid to tap into the sommelier's knowledge for guidance. There is plenty of variety in the by-the-glass section, to perfectly match chef Skye Faithful's delicious food, or choose a bottle from one of the many small producers.  The list is ordered by style, light-to-heavy, which may be of some use if certain producers or regions are unfamiliar.

Budburst

406 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn
(08) 9444 3406


budburstsmallbar.com.au

CUISINE French-inspired small plates
WINE LIST Rachael Niall
WINEs ON LIST 134 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$21 by the glass)

It is clear that Budburst is a labour of love for owner/sommelier Rachael Niall. The list sits comfortably in its own skin, showcasing affordable lesser known wines from small producers as well as wines of reputation.  To encourage experimentation, you can order a wine flight for $15.  Or splurge on a glass of premium wine, such as Yarra Yering No. 2, delivered via Coravin.  It is a list that coaxes you out of your comfort zone, yet offers a safety net if it all gets too hard.  Slick cocktails, craft beer and respectable spirits add to the charm.

BWG Steakhouse

58 Duncraig Road, Applecross
(08) 9315 7700


bwgsteakhouse.com.au

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Alo Simmulmann
WINEs ON LIST 230 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$24 by the glass)

The BWG Steakhouse has cast its net around the globe sourcing examples of many of the major wine styles and varieties from many of the well-known wine regions. Highly regarded, quality producers are represented and this ensures the diner will not be disappointed with their wine selection. The list is well set out so the client can readily see what is available. The wine by the glass list, though not exhaustive does provide some good, quality options to pair with the cuisine.

Frasers

60 Fraser Avenue, Kings Park West
(08) 9481 7100


frasersrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST William Roser
WINEs ON LIST 878 (57 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9-$410 by the glass)

This gives a comprehensive overview of Australian wines balancing old favourites and a diverse range from the cutting edge. There is breadth - and meanderings into surprising corners of the country - and depth where it benefits the list. There are international wines to add interest or intrigue. An impressive, eclectic and fascinating list.

Friends Restaurant

Fortescue Centre, 20 Terrace Road, East Perth
(08) 9221 0885


friendsrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Clyde Bevan
WINEs ON LIST 814 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($11-$50 by the glass)

Perth's longest running three glass restaurant proves that you can satisfy all. Wines by the glass and their Fine White & Fine Red sections offer thoughtful selections of local & Australian gems at affordable prices while the Connoisseur sections offers innumerable vintages of the world's greatest wines. Verticals include more than 30 years of Grange, none younger than the 2000. Just the place for a special celebration.

Galileo Buona Cucina

199 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
(08) 9382 3343


galileorestaurantperth.com

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Stephano Carlino
WINEs ON LIST 229 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($9-$14 by the glass)

An Italian focused list that takes you on a journey through the regions of Italy.  To make selections easier, and to give confidence in trying wine from a new area, the list is arranged by style, then variety. Even though there is a good listing of wines from Veneto, Tuscany and Friuli, there are also notable representatives from France, Australia, New Zealand and California.  There is much to discover, with a wide range of styles and varietals at accessible prices.

Il Lido

88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
(08) 9286 1111


illido.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Dan Wegener
WINEs ON LIST 430 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$35 by the glass)

Without a doubt one of Australia's great wine lists and no surprise with talented Dan Wegener at the helm.  Wegener has always led, rather than followed, having the confidence to include a broad spectrum of wines rather be constrained by the whim of fashion. There has been careful curation with each wine serving a purpose, as well as additional treats such as house-made sodas, sparkling aperitifs and classy spirits.   It is an Italian focused list, in line with the restaurant's theme, but it also houses an impressive selection of local WA and interstate producers.  Wegener includes select wines from France, New Zealand, California, Germany and Austria at his discretion.  Each category is commendable, though one must mention the large spread of nebbiolos, Amarones and Super Tuscans, plus the excellent selection of fine chardonnay and pinot noir.  But this list it not all about grandiose names and regions; it is about diversity, balance, quality and detail.

Indiana

99 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
(08) 9385 5005


indiana.com.au

CUISINE Seafood & share plates
WINE LISTPatrick Salord
WINEs ON LIST 188 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($9-$28 by the glass)

Great views overlooking the Indian Ocean make Indiana the perfect spot to enjoy the restaurant's lively Australian focused wine list. Western Australia is a particularly emphasis and Indiana offers a unique view of the local industry. Much to enjoy there or in the interesting range from other parts of Australia or around the globe.

Lalla Rookh

77 St Georges Terrace, Perth
(08) 9325 7077


lallarookh.com.au

CUISINE Modern Italian
WINE LIST Jeremy Prus
WINEs ON LIST 130 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$70 by the glass)

A snappy offering with ritzy cocktails, cold pressed juice, craft beers and ciders plus an extensive listing of wines-by-the-glass.  Of the latter, there are almost 40 wines to choose from, including fancy Barolo, Barbaresco and Burgundy in 60 or 120ml serves.  The main list is diverse, and contemporary, with a good spread of local and international drops, including plenty of wines from Italy.

Lalla Rookh Wine Store

77 St Georges Terrace, Perth
(08) 9325 7077


lallarookh.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LISTJeremy Prus
WINEs ON LIST 500 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12.5-$36 by the glass)

Perch on a stool in this 'dine-in' wine shop, order a house selection of salumi and pickles and drink one of 500 expertly-chosen drops for a mere $10 corkage.  The by-the-glass offering consists of mainly young French and Italian wines, though there is an additional high-end selection, some with age, by the half or full glass.   By the bottle, the list showcases high-end European wines, including grower Champagnes and edgy, experimental producers, plus aspirational Burgundies.  Western
Australian wines are in the minority though there are some carefully chosen interstate and kiwi jewels.  Overall, it is a pretty slick listing.

Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room

72 Outram Street, West Perth
(08) 9425 5222


mayfairlane.com.au

CUISINE Gastro Pub
WINE LIST Foni Pollitt
WINEs ON LIST 232 (62 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8-$22 by the glass)

The Mayfair Lane Pub and Dining puts a sophisticated spin on pub dining, with a wine list to match.  A beautifully presented list that shines a deserving light on local wines but also includes a fine selection from interstate and abroad.  With high quality, recognisable wines throughout, it is easy to choose a great bottle.  Over sixty wines by the glass, including a few reds with age in the dining room.

Meeka

361 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
(08) 9381 1800


meekarestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Faye Clarke / Naveet Singh
WINEs ON LIST 50 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9.50-$16 by the glass)

It takes a lot of skill to create a quality, balanced and intriguing small list, but that is exactly what has been done at Meeka.  Delight in the diverse
spread of varieties and styles, including many wines from contemporary producers who make wine with flair.  It is a mix of the local, interstate and global with many interesting wines at very fair prices.

No Mafia

189 William St, Northbridge
(08) 6162 6405


nomafia.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Emma Ferguson
WINEs ON LIST 18 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($7.50-$13.50 by the glass)

A tiny, affordable list filled with wines diverse in style and origin.  Try a
greco/fiano blend or perhaps a verdicchio. Wines from Campania, Sicily and Puglia as well as local Western Australian drops.  Plus a succinct list
of digestives including house-made lemoncello or 'cafe correto', a mix of
espresso and campari.

Old Brewery (The)

173 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
(08) 9211 8999


theoldbrewery.com.au

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Alo Simmulmann
WINEs ON LIST 628 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$50 by the glass)

A fine list that is especially strong on Australia yet still offers a comprehensive view of the world of wine.  Has breadth throughout with depth especially in Australian cabernet and shiraz: all wonderful accompaniments to it steakhouse menu.

Petition Kitchen

Cnr St Georges Tce & Barrack St, Perth
(08) 6168 7771


petitionperth.com/kitchen/

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Emma Farrelly
WINEs ON LIST 100 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$24 by the glass)

A slick, modern list with a focus on organic, biodynamic producers and avant-garde wines.  Hip cocktails and aperitifs plus a few non-alcoholic options.  A contemporary selection by-the-glass including local artisan producers.  Wines are divided by style which makes selection easy, particularly given the diversity.  Strong Australian focus with some worthy global additions.  Much fun to be had trying something new.

Petition Wine Bar & Merchant

Cnr St Georges Tce & Barrack St, Perth
(08) 6168 7771


petitionperth.com/wine

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Emma Farrelly
WINEs ON LIST 200 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$25 by the glass)

There's an excellent varietal spread throughout this small, vibrant list.  Try
a German and Victorian pinot noir side-by-side, or sip on a dry Provencal rosé made from Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren and Syrah. Lovely to see Francois Chidane ‘Les Argiles’ by the glass, or perhaps a cheeky Spanish tempranillo is more your style.  A small suite of complex fortifieds to close.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth

Crown Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood
(08) 6252 1900


rockpoolbarandgrill.com.au/perth/home

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Matthew Bell
WINEs ON LIST 2370 (64 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($5-$70 by the glass)

Hall of Famer as former winner of Australia's Wine List of the Year still with an exemplary list. By the glass, the collection is the equal of the best in the country. There is breadth and depth from around the world with an interesting local focus breathing additional interest into the list.

Royal On The Waterfront

60 Royal St, East Perth
(08) 9221 0466


theroyaleastperth.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Damien Thomine
WINEs ON LIST 189 (56 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$21 by the glass)

Satisfying your vinous curiosity by ordering by the glass, with over fifty wines to choose from!  Though be equally tempted by the main list that offers a broad range of styles including many quality local drops.  It is a sophisticated, yet approachable, list made up of quality Australian and international producers.  Plus there is an extensive list of spirits to close.

Settlers Tavern

114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
(08) 9757 2398


settlerstavern.com

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Karen Gough
WINEs ON LIST 600 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($6.50-$16 by the glass)

Settlers Tavern is a unique Australian pub where you can drink world class wine, at incredibly low prices, in a relaxed and casual setting.  The
list is amazingly diverse, with top-notch producers sitting comfortably
alongside young guns.  There's an extensive listing by-the-glass, a hearty main list, ever-changing blackboards and a 'rare and limited' collection. 
Live music, pub food and great wine...sounds pretty perfect to me.

The Shorehouse

278 Marine Pde, Swanbourne
(08) 92864050


shorehouse.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Aaron Commins / Nina Throsby
WINEs ON LIST 270 (270 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$55 by the glass)

It would be easy for time to evaporate while lazing at The Shorehouse on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  Sip on a Maidenni Classic over ice with orange, and peruse the extensive wine list. Order a home-grown favourite or dip your toe into the international arena and try an Austrian grüner or Loire cab franc.  There is a large offering by the glass so you
can sip and sample a range of styles. For wine buffs, the offering climbs high with plenty Australian classics and European treats.

Wildflower

1 Cathedral Ave, Perth
(08) 6168 7855


wildflowerperth.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Emma Farrelly
WINEs ON LIST 420 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$32 by the glass)

The Wildflower dining room has one of the best views in Perth, not to mention its own stunning interiors.  Chef Jed Gerrards food is contemporary and creative and follows the indigenous concept of six seasons.   The wine list is very fine, with a suite of international wines including a prestige selection, plus quality interstate drops.  And of the Western Australian offering, the rieslings, chardonnays and cabernets are particularly strong.  Due to the critical acclaim of the restaurant, with its strong local ethos, I would encourage the sommelier to continue to build on the list's good foundations and further enhance the local WA and wider Australian offering.