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Newcastle Club

Newcastle Club

40 Newcomen St, Newcastle, NSW
(02) 4929 1224

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Matt Underwood
WINEs ON LIST 565 (17 by the glass)

It might sound a strange thing to say about the by-the-glass list, but my first thought was, ‘now here are some wines I’d really love to drink’. Sadly, far too often, it is not so. Maude Pinot Noir, Tyrrell’s HVD Semillon, as well as a couple of the wonderful Equipo Navazos sherries, are just some of the offerings.

The Newcastle Club has sourced wines from all corners of this country and indeed, the globe, but this being Newcastle, proximity to the Hunter Valley ensures that it will be judged on wines from one of our oldest regions. While there is plenty of attractive Hunter shiraz on offer, it is the semillon that shines. It provides an extensive, well-priced array from the region, covering and identifying the subregions, with mature examples dating back to the turn of the century. There is also an impressive riesling collection from here and abroad, with all styles covered; the same applies for pinot noir.

Many guests will gravitate to the ‘Australian Icons’ selection. This consists of verticals of Grange (back to 1972), Hill of Grace and RWT.

A fine list, possibly the best thing to come out of Newcastle since the Johns brothers. Ken Gargett


Queens Club

137 Elizabeth St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9264 1171

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTDion Stergiopoulos/ Vivian Esho/ Jeanette Dickson/Paul Reid
WINEs ON LIST 279 (77 by the glass)

This sizeable list offers a breadth of choice with his international selection. All of the major wine styles are represented with a balance of emerging producers and established winemakers. The list hits its high point with a vertical of Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, some Clape Syrah, aged Wendouree and Bin 707.


Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Aves, Southport, Gold Coast, Qld
(07) 5531 1155

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Socky Soares
WINEs ON LIST 104 (2 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10.50-$8.5 by the glass)

Socky Soares presents a personal list of value-for-money wines with a spotlight on organic and biodynamic producers.  There are plenty of well-known big names, plus some high-quality small producers, such as Yangarra and Dominique Portet.  There is also a list of premium wines if you are after a red with age.