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The Barn Steakhouse

The Barn Steakhouse

747 Glenelg River Rd, Mount Gambier, SA
(08) 8726 9999

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Kent Comley
WINEs ON LIST 715 (22 by the glass)

Never has a road-trip between Melbourne and Adelaide tasted so good. Indeed, The Barn Steakhouse is a destination in itself, the fabulous 715-strong wine list the lure.

Long-time cellar master, Kent Comley, keeps one foot in his local patch with strong representation from the Mount Gambier wine region and its neighbours. And what does Mount Gambier do well?  Pinot noir. The Barn list sports ten pinots as well as a sprinkling of rieslings, sauvignon blancs and chardonnays. Local wines head each category in the list, handy signposts for those diners wishing to sample more of the local product. Which is not to suggest that The Barn wine list is a one trick pony, far from it.

A rare brut nature from Champagne’s Francis Boulard is nicely juxtaposed with a sparkling cabernet from Balnaves in Coonawarra. Alternate grape varieties such as grüner veltliner, fiano, primitivo, and sangiovese are compared with their sister styles from the Old World.

Comley has amassed a fine collection of Burgundy and Piedmont nebbiolo, while the listing of Australian shiraz is one of the most comprehensive in the country. This is one serious wine list – and well worth the detour. jeni Port



86 Ford St, Beechworth, Vic
(03) 5728 1786

CUISINE Modern Australian with a apanese influence
WINE LISTDamian Moylan
WINE ON LIST 240 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$14 by the glass)

One suspects that those behind this list have a few favourites. Sake would be one, with an exceptional range. Local wines, no surprise there. JJ Prum, but then why not? This is a carefully crafted list with a fine array of possibilities. Beers, spirits, fortifieds (those wonderful Rutherglens) are all well represented. A list to like.

Settlers Tavern

7114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River, WA
(08) 9757 2398

CUISINE Australian local sourced
WINE LIST Karen Gough
WINE ON LIST500 (25 by the glass)

Get ready for an introduction into the world of an enthusiastic sommelier who loves her job. What a joy to behold a list that gives so much information about everything! It is unashamedly West Australia, and Margaret River-proud, with the inside running on many wines, but this is also a most comprehensive collection of world wines, a long time in the making, since 1977. Take a dip and keep an eye out for the biodynamic/organic/sustainable/unsulphured/vegan wines while you're at it. So many wines to peruse, so many small makers doing great things at terrific price and, yet, so little time.