New South Wales Winner



252 George St, Sydney
(02) 9114 7312

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LISTBhatia Dheeraj
WINEs ON LIST  1,526 (46 by the glass)
WINE PRICES  $$$ ($14-$131 by the glass)

A mouth-watering and complete wine list with something for everyone, from the expert to the enthusiast. From a diverse and enticing wine by-the-glass list through to extensive vintage offerings of some of the absolute classic wines from both Australia and overseas. Virtually every country and wine style is represented so if you are curious to try something different, here is your opportunity.



83 Percival Road Stanmore
(02) 9572 6666

CUISINE  Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Bridget Raffal
WINEs ON LIST 260 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$65 by the glass)

One of the stars of the 2019 Awards, this carefully curated, immaculately presented list shows what a clever sommelier can achieve in a small restaurant. The focus is on wines that suit the restaurant’s light, bright, produced-based dishes. Attention is paid to the winemakers and each is named alongside their wine. The cutting edge, organic and biodynamic producers are targeted. There’s a focus on small producers; diversity in the white wines on offer, as well as Jura blanc and sous voile (aged with flor yeast) whites; gamay and lightly framed reds from Beaujolais and around the world. Established superstars such as JJ Prum, Mt Pleasant ‘Elizabeth’, TarraWarra, Giaconda are a reference point and provide balance. A great list.


Upper Level Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
(02) 9251 5000

CUISINE  Australian
WINE LISTAmanda Yallop & Shanteh Wong
WINEs ON LIST 520 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($16-$365 by the glass)

The use of Coravin gives an almost unique opportunity to try a wine like a 50-year-old vin jaune by the glass. So much here to enjoy as the selections are well crafted to make the most of every choice. Toss in a range of those brilliant Navazos Sherries (get the somm to direct you if there are any doubts), and this is a list to savour.


350 Restaurant & Lounge

350 Church Street, Parramatta
(02) 9630 4999

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST Adam Leonardi
WINEs ON LIST 50 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$19 by the glass)

How to make a small list – of 50 wines or less – sing? For starters, provide almost half of the wines by the glass, half bottle or bottle and mix the offerings up from the familiar through to exciting up and comers, and don't forget the odd international for that extra comparative tasting punch. 350 Restaurant & Lounge ticks the boxes, producing a small but exciting list with most wines priced $100 or less. Providing info on winemaker as well as style is a nice touch. Vintages tend to be on the younger side.

360 Bar & Dining

Reception Level 4, Westfield Sydney Between Pitt & Castlereagh Streets, Sydney
(02) 8223 3883

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LISTFabio Nistrio
WINEs ON LIST 430 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$288 by the glass)

A new head sommelier this year sees the odd change to 360 Bar & Dining but regulars can rest assured that the wine list retains its freshness, depth of Old World and New wines, and pays serious attention to aperitifs whether it’s the extensive selection of gins (almost 50 in all) or goovy cocktails (bacon fat-infused Bourbon for the Porktail is worth trying for the name alone). Premium wines by the glass is big on the drool factory, especially the Penfolds selection with a great Grange year (1998) available by the glass. Prices are not for the meek.

Alberto’s Lounge

17-19 Alberta St, Sydney

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST Andy Tyson
WINEs ON LIST 200 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($12-$28 by the glass)

This is a new restaurant that we can relate to, the food menu is tight and composed while the wine list is specialised and expansive. Alberto’s Lounge brings a certain brio to its mostly Italian wine selection, posting some of the most progressive winemakers in that country alongside some of its biggest rising stars. This is a place for discovery whether it’s learning about the ageing ability of Veneto’s Valpolicella grape variety, the rosé of Cerasuolo or the emerging Ligurian superstar, vermentino. Natural and orange wines have their own extensive section as does the nebbiolo grape. One of the biggest surprises is the digestif offerings to close the night with a mighty selection of whiskies.


238 Castlereagh St, Sydney
(02) 9098 1111

CUISINE  Modern Greek
WINE LIST  Irek Luty
WINEs ON LIST124 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$19 by the glass)

A celebration of Greek food and wine that deserves a loud opa! of approval from diners. Alpha gets the mix of Greek wines right – they are the undeniable stars on the wine list – but there is strong support from Australian, New Zealand and a smattering of internationals which means real choice for diners. Greek whites include the superstar indigenous grapes, assyrtiko and moschofilero, while the reds will tempt with agiorgitiko and xinomavro. Give them a go. The renaissance of Greek wines is in good hands and fortunately for diners, modest prices mean there is no reason not to try them.


176 Cumberland Street, Sydney
0499 623 239

CUISINE  Australian
WINE LIST  Matt Herod
WINEs ON LIST429 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($16-$62 by the glass)

The Australian wine industry is the hero here, no apologies, from the gathering strength of quality Tasmanian sparklings to the renewed all-round excellence of chardonnay, the utter dominance of cool-climate pinot noir – which plays an unabashed starring role on the list – to the multi-faceted shades of shiraz. There is some good fun to be had, too, in enjoying the odd comparative tasting of alternative grape varieties on offer such as a Spanish versus New Zealand albariño or an Argentinian versus West Australian malbec. Many wine lovers won't be straying far from the fine offerings via the Coravin preservation system such as the 2011 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 Henschke Euphonium Shiraz blend. Prices here encourage some in-depth wine discovery.

Altum & The Deck Bar

1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
(02) 9033 7670

CUISINE  Modern Mediterranean
WINE LIST Mark Dibblin
WINEs ON LIST 173 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8.5-$15.5 by the glass)

Sydney’s Deck Bar is joined this year by the Altum restaurant with an emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine and seasonal produce. The wine list for both venues plays the Mediterranean card, boasting a rich and varied varietal influence with the Italians and Spanish starring. Australia’s alternative producers such as Domaine Simha,  Amato, Yangarra, Coriole and Petrichor will get the taste buds working overtime.


5/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
(02) 9188 1581

CUISINE  Turkish
WINE LIST Alexander Gibson
WINEs ON LIST 62 (39 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($11-$55 by the glass)

There is no excuse not to take a stroll down the path to Turkish wines enlightenment at Anason. Sommelier Alex Gibson makes the journey so tempting with tasting notes on styles, a strong line-up of wines by the glass and keen prices. Newbies may care to study the regional wine map of Turkey thoughtfully provided and take it from there. Some blends featuring a mix of indigenous grapes with French grapes sound tantalising such as a rosé blended from grenache and Kalecik karası, or for the more adventurous try grapes that challenge pronunciation such as öküzgözü and boÄŸazkere. A selection of premium wines from Australia is also offered. Finish with Turkish coffee and Turkish Delight with fortune telling.


69 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest
(02) 9437 3700

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST Christian Blair
WINEs ON LIST 240 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$21 by the glass)

Pushes the boundaries by exploring a wide range of avant garde producers from all corners of the world. Sustainability and minimal intervention are key issues in this challenging offering. The list by the glass offers a way into the collection for those unfamiliar with what’s on offer.

The Apollo

44 MacLeay St, Potts Point

(02) 8354 0888

WINE LIST Sam Christie
WINEs ON LIST 88 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13.5-$16.5 by the glass)

The Apollo pays tribute to the rising Greek gods of the vine who are now producing some of the most exciting wines in the world. It’s a good place to enjoy and learn more about the new world of modern Greek wines from a Peloponnese sparkling or assyrtiko –  the darling of Santorini – and maybe moving on to a Young Vines xinomavro from Naousa. The support cast includes a group of Aussie makers turning out some smart Mediterranean grape varieties, so the choice is yours. Start with an Athens Spritz or Fix Lager and see where it leads.

Aqua Dining

Paul & Northcliff Sts, Milsons Point
(02) 9964 9998

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST Ben Cummings & Biagio Castaldo
WINEs ON LIST 336 (50 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($15-$240 by the glass)

There is a strong chance that even the most enthusiastic Italophile will see wines on the Aqua Dining list they didn’t know existed – the likes of pecorino, carricante, Lacrima Di Morro and ribolla gialla – such is its encyclopaedic nature. There is an exciting dynamic at play here with the old school, Italian classic producers versus the younger and more daring. With 50 wines by the glass, including under Coravin, there is choice aplenty. The regional focus on Veneto, Piedmont and Tuscany will definitely excite but if you’re after something less familiar continue down the list to the emerging stars from Sicily, Sardinia, Puglia and Campania. The non-Italian wines offered are no slouch either.

Aria, Sydney

1 Macquarie St, Sydney
(02) 9240 2255

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST Alex Kirkwood
WINEs ON LIST1,600 (106 by the glass)
WINE PRICES  $$$ ($17-$200 by the glass)

Remarkably, more than 15 years after it won Australia’s Wine List of the Year in 2003, Aria remains one of the greatest lists in the country. In touch with the latest trends and emerging superstars while displaying the country’s finest, Aria has bubbly to satisfy the fussiest, multiple vintages of some of the world’s best, and plenty to surprise and delight.

Ash Street Cellar

320-330 George St Sydney
(02) 9114 7301

CUISINE  Mediterranean European Tapas
WINE LIST Jasmine Nichols
WINEs ON LIST 288 (37 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($13-$71 by the glass)

The Ash St. Cellar wine list is in total sync with its chef and kitchen. The theme is Mediterranean and European, creating endless possibilities, many of them explored by the glass, whether it’s a Provençal rosé, Greek malagousia or tempranillo from Rioja.  Your choice of glass pour in four sizes (five included when served under Coravin) offers real choice. Always fresh, the list changes regularly. Expect representation from classic, well-known makers to cheeky upstarts creating a noise with their progressive styles. The Australian selection is particularly thoughtful and exciting. Wines are arranged by style – eg. 'Aromatic & spicy' – so it’s a painless way to work your way through the list. Prices are fair.

Azure Bar & Grill

144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay
(02) 6639 1550

CUISINE  Contemporary
WINE LIST Ben McNair & Marcus Corcoran
WINEs ON LISt  160 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($12-$35 by the glass)

In a tourism hot spot like Byron Bay, Azure Bar & Grill presents an all-rounder contemporary wine list with something for everyone. There is the familiar with solid producers such as Wolf Blass, Cape Mentelle, Stonier, Jim Barry and Yalumba. There is also the less well known such as the Basket Range winemakers, Patrick Sullivan, Unkel and Smallfry. A group of Europeans and Kiwis rounds out the listing nicely. The use of Coravin brings a serious note and tasting possibilities, and do take up the suggestion and nominate a wine to try that is not open by the glass. As the list says, “you never know”. Biodynamic and organic wines are specifically noted.

Babyface Kitchen

1/179 Keira St, Wollongong
(02) 4295 0903

CUISINE  Modern Australian
Andrew Burns & Genevieve Digregorio
WINEs ON LISt  83 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$ ($12-$17 by the glass)

An out-there kind of menu deserves an equally provocative kind of wine list. Babyface Kitchen delivers on both. The likes of pigs head on a saltbush stick and spanner crab crumpet definitely deserve something complementary and thought-provoking in wine. Enter a tight little band of orange and natural wines, mostly from Australia, from some well-known pioneers of the style – Shobbrook, Lucy M, Ochota Barrels and Jauma – and a few that might come as a surprise. Pét-nat are a particular strength as are the modest prices.

Bacco Osteria

1/2-12 Angel Place Sydney
(02) 9235 3383

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST Clint Hillery
WINEs ON LIST 50 (12 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$18 by the glass)

In a city with so many top Italian restaurant wine lists, Bacco Osteria doesn’t try to reinvent or compete, but it does the job with a list that will please many.  And it’s achieved that in just 50 wines. Regions are grouped into clusters: North, Central, South and the Islands, etc and diners have access to a fairly representative sample of their makers and styles. By way of contrast, Australian makers of Italian varieties offer their take as well. And orange/skin contact wines are included, too.

Balcón by Tapavino

17 Bligh Street Sydney
(02) 9223 6176

CUISINE  Spanish
WINE LIST  Lee Hayward & Marta Vivarelli
WINEs ON LIST 477 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$20 by the glass)

This is one idiosyncratic, Spanish-dominant wine list, and a busy one at that with plenty of diagrams to aid diners in their wine selections. It’s a smart approach because so many wines and styles, particularly the new-age Spanish wines made in amphora or that employ skin contact or no sulphur in the making, can be a minefield to traverse. A great deal of thought and creativity is behind the selection from Spanish beers, gins and vermouth to  a full collection of delicious Sherries and table wines. Imports from right across Spain, including the lesser-known regions including Zaragoza-Aragon, Cádiz-Andalucia, present one of the most comprehensive Spanish wine lists in the country.


185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
(02) 9283 7098

CUISINE  Modern European
WINE LISTAngela Potts & Samuel Shepherd
WINEs ON LIST 200 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$23 by the glass)

This is a classy, bustling, inner-city bar with great food and a delightful list full of surprises from home and around the world. Imaginative choices by the glass and half bottle, with the international brigade led by Italy.

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

11/33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
(02) 8072 7037

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LISTRebecca Lines
WINEs ON LIST 185 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$29 by the glass)

In its third year, Banksii continues to delight and brighten the drinker’s day with an exciting bunch of alluring cocktails with the emphasis on vermouth. Spirit lovers will also gravitate here for the gins. In such spirited company, the wine side of things holds its own with organic and biodynamic makers aplenty as well as capitalising on edgy styles such as the trend to orange/skin contact wines. Follow the helpful sub-headings to discover what’s what, style wise. The Champagne selection is a strength as is the range of bright young whites from around the world, while the European touch throughout offers some very tempting names such as Girolamo, Vajra, Brezza and Antonelli.

Bar H Dining

80 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9280 1980

CUISINE  Japanese
WINE LIST Julian Izzillo
WINEs ON LIST 95 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$21 by the glass)

A big, wide world of Japanese sake and whisky awaits at Bar H Dining and with such an extensive range on offer, it’s reassuring to be guided by the descriptive tasting notes. There is also a tight but intriguing wine list made up entirely of wines that are either sustainable, organic, biodynamic or natural. Followers of those styles will be pleased to see names like David Franz, Timo Mayer, Stargazer, Hochkirch, Mont Redon and Millton presented. This is a list that plays to its strengths, which are many, and has real purpose and thought behind it.

The Bathers’ Pavilion

4 The Esplanade, Mosman
(02) 9969 5050

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jean-Michel
WINEs ON LIST 311 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$35 by the glass)

With its Balmoral Beach location, a food menu inspired by the sea and the freshness of modern Australian cooking, and a wine list that beautifully works to both, The Bathers’ Pavilion shines. With a plenitude of seafood, this list plays to a strong selection of crisp, fresh white wines and varieties such as riesling, gewürztraminer and grüner veltliner from Australia and beyond. In reds it’s a similar story with pinot noir, merlot and medium-bodied shirazes. The section on Bordeaux merlot is inspiring although the 1983 Chateau Petrus might require a small bank loan. There are some hidden gems among the aged Aussie Shirazes including a 1991 Tollana Show Reserve and 1988 Lindemans Hunter River classic. What joy!


1/35 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
(02) 8587 5400

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Georgina Larsson
WINEs ON LIST 300 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$55 by the glass)

Bea set the bar high in 2018, its first year of operation, and continues to offer the unusual, the rare, the organic, biodynamic and sustainable and, in many cases, the expensive. Wines by the glass is a sound young lot from Australia, France and Spain with the Coravin selections including a 2015 Mt. Mary Chardonnay, a stand out. The Champagne listing goes above and beyond most. Diners will get a thorough grounding in the grape varieties of the world as the list is presented that way. Start researching godello, blauer wildbacher and pinot d'Aunis and the like. Gin lovers will find their happy place here.

Beach Byron Bay

2 Massinger Street, Byron Bay
(02) 6685 8400

CUISINE  Mediterranean
WINE LIST  Augusto Pedroso
WINEs ON LIST 99 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$30 by the glass)

Beach Byron Bay has certainly undergone quite a number of changes from 2018 including a subtle name change and a depleted wine list. Wines that fall under the Mediterranean banner remain, albeit in a reduced state, with France, Italy and Spain backing up a bunch of alternative variety and hearty Aussie wines. The small-ish list certainly covers a lot of vinous territory and does give due reference to organic, biodynamic and minimal intervention wines. For drinkers of Aussie wines on the rise there are a lot of new names to discover like Vine Mind, Jericho, Commune of Buttons, Jilly Lone Ranger and Denton.

Bells at Killcare

107 The Scenic Rd, Killcare Heights
(02) 4349 7000

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST  Alessio Rubini & Brian Barry
WINEs ON LIST 320 (46 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($13-$64 by the glass)

This thoughtfully chosen list pays homage to its Italian cuisine and its location close to the Hunter. Coravin is used brilliantly to offer an amazingly diverse range of wine by the glass. There’s a comprehensive coverage of the regions and varieties of Italy; stand-out wines from the Hunter; Aussie classics and enough great wines of the world to delight.


Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
(02) 8278 9621

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST  Seamus Brandt & Ben Woodward
WINEs ON LIST 400 (52 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($15-$150 by the glass)

The best of Australian wine is unashamedly on display here with all of its brightest and best from the great standards – Margaret River chardonnay, Eden Valley riesling, Yarra Valley pinot noir and Barossa shiraz through to emerging stars and regions on the rise such as Orange, Tumbarumba, Derwent Valley. It is a joy to peruse, offering thought-provoking drinking, albeit at a price. One of the great strengths is wines by the glass, and aged wines under Coravin such as Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 from the stunning 2012 vintage. In perfect tune with the lighter style food there is due regard for styles like rosé, pinot noir, gamay and pinot meunier. Champagne and Burgundy lovers are also in for a treat.


Pitt & Hunter Streets, Sydney
(02) 8214 0505

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Nick Hildebrandt & Ben Gardiner
WINEs ON LIST 1,400 (50 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$60 by the glass)

Bentley maintains the position at, or close to, the summit of Sydney dining that it has occupied for more than a decade. Its list has maintained the quality it needed to win the 2015 Australia’s Wine List of the Year. While Bentley’s focus is on sustainability and new producers, the great traditional winemakers, too, are given their due. Every base is covered with occasional features throwing the spotlight on neglected areas (marc, Chartreuse) or those which are well nigh impossible to source (Jacques Selosse). Exemplary.


2 Kalinya St, Newport
(02) 9114 7350

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Andres Aragon, Adrian Filiuta MS &
Franck Moreau MS
WINEs ON LIST 1,200 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($13-$70 by the glass)

Bert’s regulars will have noticed more offerings on the wine list of late as the number tops 1200. Decision making just got a whole lot harder! To start with an excellent aged wine available under Coravin, or a bottle of grower Champagne, maybe Laherte Freres Blanc De Blancs? From there the choices are largely divided between Australia, France and Italy (but not exclusively), and all strong whether it’s rosé, riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon or nebbiolo. Possibly the most drool-worthy category is shiraz/syrah with Australian benchmarks the star. Iconic Aus shiraz with multiple vintages from the likes of Wendouree, Yalumba, Penfolds, Henschke will test the credit card but it will be worth it.

Bibo Wine Bar

7 Bay St, Double Bay
(02) 9362 4680

CUISINE Mediterranean/Portuguese
WINE LIST  Louella Mathews
WINEs ON LIST 435 (41 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8-$45 by the glass)

Few wine lists embrace the wines of Portugal quite so enthusiastically as Bibo Wine Bar, alerting many of us to what we have been missing for so long. Wines like a charming Reserva Bruto sparkling from Bairrada, a nicely aged “elegant” vinho verde, an espadeiro-based rosé or aragonez blend from Alentejano, are given their due and the fair prices make them super attractive. The Bibo flavour is definitely for Mediterranean grape varieties and styles whether sourced from Australia or beyond. Here, rosé is taken super seriously and if pét-nats, orange/skin contact styles and alternate styles are to your taste, you are in the right place.

Big Poppa’s

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
0499 052 201

WINE LIST  Jack Palazzo & Emily Lassila
WINEs ON LIST 140 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$75 by the glass)

Big Poppas jumps right in and declares its intentions from the get go, offering wines by the can and a heavy dose of pét-nats, “natural” and organic wines by the glass. And that’s before we move into “Bangers by the Glass” or what otherwise would be described as awesome and top shelf wines which include a fair percentage from Italy and France as well as Australia. This is a fun list, bristling with curiosity about the new state of wine where almost anything goes. This is one of the few lists to boast a separate category for chilled reds which really lets you know where it’s at. Jump in and enjoy the ride.


2/249 Argyle Street, Moss Vale
(02) 4868 1817

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Renee Wallace
WINEs ON LIST 50 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($12-$18 by the glass)

The things that can be complicated on a wine list are reduced to the simple and engaging at Birch. You get to create your own gin and tonic mix and match. So smart. Every wine is priced under $100 a bottle which definitely encourages exploration and there is much to explore. This is predominantly an Australian wine list devoted to small makers, many of whom you probably won’t know, but that’s okay. Tasting notes will alert you to what tastes good whether it’s an unusual grenache blanc from Ricca Terra, a blend of traditional Greek white grapes, a juicy, free run pinot noir from the West or savoury Beechworth syrah. In just 50 wines the world of wine opens up to you and it’s worth exploring.

The Bishop

527 Crown Street, Surry Hills
(02) 8065 7223

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Sarah Birch & Erez Gordon
WINEs ON LIST 273 (50 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9-$49 by the glass)

Some real highlights in this lovely mix of traditional stars and funky emerging newcomers. The ‘by the glass’ collection surely has something for everyone and is so attractively priced that one could stay with it, all night. The pricing is very competitive and it is obvious that those compiling the list do not mind a good riesling.


3 Dalley Street, Sydney
(02) 8067 0450

CUISINE Italian Steak
WINE LIST  Alice Massaria
WINEs ON LIST 302 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$40 by the glass)

This new ray of Italian sunshine brightens the Sydney scene with a challenging array of indigenous Italian varieties from the motherland and Australia. While many of the offerings will be unfamiliar, the list provides support as, no doubt, do the sommeliers. While there is little compromise to Australian tastes in (for example) the aperitifs or digestifs the range of Italian favourites should tempt most palates.

Bistro Rex

50 Macleay St, Potts Point
(02) 9332 2100

WINE LIST  Josh Dunne
WINEs ON LIST 186 (2 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$25 by the glass)

The state of play of French winemaking is on display at Bistro Rex with most wine regions and styles represented from the modernist and iconoclastic to the classic. And it’s educational! While many diners will be familiar with the wines of Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne and Bordeaux, there will be many for whom the chance to discover the tastes of the Languedoc, Corsica, the Savoie, Provence and the Loire will be tantalisingly attractive. Vintages tend towards the young but keep an eye out for the odd aged superstar.

Biviano’s Dural

628 Old Northern Rd, Dural
(02) 9651 2022

CUISINE  Italian & Seafood
WINE LIST  Hannah Webb
WINEs ON LIST 160 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$38 by the glass)

Italian and Seafood is the theme and diners have a choice between an appealing selection of Italians, some of the biggest quality producers in Australia – names such as Pierro, Elderton, Rockford, Yalumba and Brokenwood are on repeat over a number of categories – as well as the odd French, New Zealand and German import. There’s a lot to enjoy, no more so, than in the choice to be found across 27 wines by the glass. The Coravin preservation system is in use, and the choice of Italian regions from the Veneto to Tuscany to Sardinia and beyond opens up a whole world.

Black Bar & Grill

80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
02 9657 9109

CUISINEModern Australia Steak House
WINEs ON LIST 1,000 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$288 by the glass)

Black Bar & Grill has aspirations to celebrate local NSW wine producers and Australian makers in general, but to also be a full-on international wine list of quality. It succeeds admirably in both. It is possible here to enjoy glasses of artisanal sake, Penfolds Grange or a J.J. Prum Mosel Riesling while reading about the history of viticulture and winemaking in the Sydney region or learning more about featured NSW producers. Champagne, Burgundy and a host of top Italians shine alongside top Oregon pinots and the odd South African. Leave room for the very serious selection of digestifs to finish.


416 King Street, Newtown
(02) 9557 7699

CUISINE  Australian
WINE LIST  Amanda Cleal
WINEs ON LIST 47 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$18 by the glass)

Bloodwood has established a loyal following for the quality of their cutting edge wines with the focus on minimal inputs and sustainability. There’s plenty of established names – Shobbrook, Dormilona, Lucy Margaux, Domaine Simha to stand alongside newcomers like Patrick Sullivan ‘Jumpin Juice Sunset’. Both the beer list and the spirits flesh out an impressive small list.

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

123 Ferry Rd, Glebe
(02) 9518 9011

CUISINE  Seafood
WINE LIST  Joe Turnaturi
WINEs ON LIST 192 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$22 by the glass)

There’s a little bit California (Kendall Jackson), a little bit Central Otago (Mount Edward), and Vertus (Larmandier-Bernier) and a little Barossa Valley (Torbreck) about this listing, which delights. And almost all rise to the occasion and may be considered more than suitable accompaniments to the Boathouse seafood-dominant menu. A small but excellent range of half bottles and magnums completes the many ways to enjoy this good wine list.


366 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach
(02) 4381 1436

CUISINE  Modern Italian
WINE LIST  James Griffin
WINEs ON LIST 61 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$15 by the glass)

Size isn’t everything. In just 61 wines, Bombini manages to present the current state of Italian winemaking and regional styles – not an easy task – and they are delicious. No one region dominates, this is a very egalitarian listing, with space given to Sicily, Calabria and Abruzzo as much as Tuscany and Piedmont. A quality bunch of Australian small makers bring up the rear. Attention to detail means that alongside the Cognac and Rutherglen fortifieds digestifs are listed some arresting grappas and dessert moscatos. Price are reasonable.

Boronia Kitchen

152 Pittwater Road, Hunters Hill
(02) 9817 0666

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Luke Sullivan
WINEs ON LIST98 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$16 by the glass)

Opened just last year, Boronia Kitchen arrives with the kind of confidence you might expect from a way more established restaurant list. It’s bold and exciting and wears its heart on its sleeve with a selection of world wines heavily skewed towards organic, biodynamic and minimal intervention winemaking. And then there’s the Cellar List – this is a restaurant that celebrates aged wines – which moves from the classic to the neo-classic, featuring good to great vintages like the 1990 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz and 1996 Mount Mary Pinot Noir. Prices more than reasonable.

Botanic Wine Garden

3/26 Clarence St,  Port Macquarie
0431 520 812

CUISINE  Modern Wine Bar
WINE LIST  Tristan Tomlinson
WINEs ON LIST 49 (29 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$28 by the glass)

Here in the hands of your "guerilla sommelier" there is every chance that you will experience something quirky, edgy, interesting, thought provoking, and maybe just a little weird. Prepare to be "inspired" – Alsace Inspired, Burgundy Inspired, Italian Inspired, etc – as Australian wines are categorised by where the grapes used in winemaking originally hail from. Wines are presented by the flight (offering great value), glass, half carafe or bottle, and in order to assist with your choice there is plenty of information supplied. The restaurant supports winemakers through the Harvest Social Cantina project.

The Bridge Room

44 Bridge Street, Sydney
(02) 9247 7000

WINE LISTBenoit Jackman
WINEs ON LIST 293 (3 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$  ($16-$40 by the glass)

As befits one of Sydney’s finest chefs, this list offers a comprehensive range of wines which complement Ross Lusted’s food. It has been meticulously chosen to provide balance for the restaurant’s dishes. There’s a delicate balance between established superstars and emerging winemakers of note. The list has breadth more than depth and so the examples chosen from around Australia and the world represent food-friendly varietals to challenge and delight.

* The Bridge Room has recently closed its doors.

Bronte Road Bistro

282 Bronte Road, Waverley
(02) 9389 3028

WINE LIST  Sophie Molard
WINEs ON LIST 96 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$17 by the glass)

In its tenth year, Bronte Road Bistro continues to fly the flag for the French with a relatively small but select band of French wines. The producer names will be familiar to many because this list is not about re-invention but a celebration of classic regions and wine styles. While Burgundy and top names like Fèvre, Raveneau, Dujac and Comtes Lafon put in a star turn, there will be interest in the entries from the Loire, Rhône Valley, Provence and the South West. Check out the Reserve Wine List for its extremely high desirability rating.

Buon Ricordo

108 Boundary Street, Paddington
(02) 9360 6729

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST Daniel Marcella
WINEs ON LIST 717 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($15-$80 by the glass)

The list has increased dramatically in the past year with an astounding range of the classic reds of Italy. If you want a great Italian red, it’s probably here. The list, unfortunately, does need much greater curating to make it more accessible to its customers. There’s wonderful potential here.

Cafe Sydney

5th Floor, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney
(02) 8928 0329

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Simon Curkovic
WINEs ON LIST 249 (46 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($16-$33 by the glass)

Cafe Sydney offers the diner a thorough immersion in the wines of Australia whether by region, producer, grape variety or style. It’s a list worthy of a few minutes of your time with some of the less-visited wine regions (on wine lists, that is) like Gundagai, Southern Highlands, Orange, Great Southern, Wrattonbully and Gippsland getting due attention. Vegan wines, a trend on the increase, are noted and there are many listed. Also on-trend is the selection of skin contact white wines and alternative grape varieties like fiano, assyrtiko and tempranillo that are going great guns in this country.


Lyne Park, Rose Bay
(02) 9371 0555

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Andrew de Vries
WINEs ON LIST 850 (60 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$110 by the glass)

This is a wine professional’s wine list, one with such attention to detail, content and wine selections that it is hard to fault. It speaks to the Modern Australian way which encompasses quality home-grown producers, but also embraces the bigger global wine scene from the Valle d'Aosta to Santa Barbara County and the Rheinhessen. Some wines that rarely appear on lists such as A Farr Irrewarra can be found here while some are waiting for the right celebration like the 1959 Marc Brédif Vouvray. Champagne, Burgundy and the wines of Italy are worth a second and third look but with 60 wines by the glass, including icons poured under Coravin, there will be distractions aplenty.


122 – 124 Keira Street, Wollongong
(02) 4226 4855

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTSimon Evans & Kirby Moller
WINEs ON LIST 117 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$18 by the glass)

Caveau’s bush tucker-inspired menu brings out the best in its wine list. Start with a Pepperberry Negroni, River Mint Mojito, or  Fingerlime Sour mead and consider a list devoted exclusively to Aussie wines and, in particular, the regions surrounding Wollongong. It’s an idiosyncratic and interesting wine list with a strong suite of new style amber/skin contact and minimal intervention from quality makers such as Joshua Cooper, Eastern Peake, Ravensworth and Brash Higgins. With cured and smoked crocodile with green ants and wallaby tail pie on the menu, you might be in a quandary over what to order. If in doubt consult the food and wine matching section on the main menu.

The Cellar

2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin
(02) 4998 7584

CUISINE  Mediterranean
WINE LIST  Janet Wright
WINEs ON LIST 85 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$14 by the glass)

A Hunter Valley icon, The Cellar has been a strong supporter of the Valley’s winemakers and their wines for more than 40 years. The Valley’s heart and soul, semillon and shiraz displayed in all of their complexity and nuance, take starring roles on the list, but there is so much more to discover. The range of new alternative varieties such as fiano, pinot grigio, sangiovese and tempranillo are worth exploring. The return to a Hunter classic red of old, a blend of pinot noir and shiraz, is a must try. Reasonable markups make the wine journey particularly pleasurable. Enjoy.

Centennial Dining Room

88 Oxford St, Woollahra
(02) 9114 7349

CUISINE  Mediterranean
WINE LIST  Melissa Moore
WINE ON LIST 241 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$45 by the glass)

The Centennial Dining Room is one of the newer additions to the Merivale dining group with a list that displays its trademark European accent and style. The emphasis is on France which is comprehensively examined with support from Spain, Italy, Australia and beyond. In keeping with its Mediterranean food theme, the selection of rosés, gamays and lighter- to medium-bodied style wines offers some exciting drinking. Off-the-Beaten-Track selections such as a Tasmanian pinot blanc, a Sicilian carricante and more is worth a look and if a celebration is in order you can’t go past the Henschke Prestige Collection and aged Aussie reds.

The Century

Shop 88, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
(02) 9566 2328

CUISINE  Cantonese Seafood
WINE LIST  Billy Wong
WINE ON LIST 450 (39 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$26 by the glass)

The Century remains one of the great places for enjoying some of Australia’s and the world’s greatest wines: there are verticals of Grange, Romanée-Conti, Lafite, Latour and more. Want to try the 1955 Wynn’s ‘Michael’ Shiraz? Look no further. For most customers, however, the list could do with a fresh look: for example, the wines by the glass are pretty much the same in 2018 and 2019.

Charred Kitchen & Bar

1-5 New St, Orange
(02) 6363 1580

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  David Collins
WINEs ON LIST 627 (66 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$27 by the glass)

Charred has produced one of the great Australian lists of recent years, offering patrons exemplary choice in wine and beer (and more). Its location in Orange is central to what it offers but the context is very much Australasia and the World. There’s huge number of varietals offered, Aussie classics and cutting edge choices. Exemplary and original.

China Doll

Shop 4/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
(02) 9380 6744

CUISINE  Modern Asian
WINE LIST  Clint Hillery
WINEs ON LIST 132 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$18 by the glass)  

China Doll understands the role of wine in an Asian context, the need for aromatic, spicy whites and finely-textured, lightly-oaked reds with the odd sake thrown in, too. If in doubt diners should proceed directly to the section headed Food (Asian) Perfect Wines and study the form. This is a multi-cultural vinous melting pot with a little bit Australia, a little New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and more. Producers tend towards the smaller in size and there is a strong contingent of organic, biodynamic and sustainable vineyard sourcing. This is not a big list but it punches above its weight in choice and price.

China Lane

2 Angel Place, Sydney
(02) 9231 3939

CUISINE  Modern Asian
WINE LIST  Clint Hillery
WINEs ON LIST100 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$18 by the glass)

Visitors to China Lane will notice a similarity in wine lists with China Doll. Both lists are curated by Clint Hillery who does a fine job of promoting wines that suit Asian food so well. Asian Food Friendly categories will certainly appeal to those diners unaccustomed to wine matches for pig’s ear, chicken chilli wings and cuttlefish with garlic. When in doubt look to the quality selections of chardonnays and pinot noirs from around the world.

Chiswick at The Gallery

Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
(02) 9225 1819

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Emma Williams
WINEs ON LIST 70 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$27 by the glass)  

This is a thoughtfully constructed small list, strong by the glass, where it offers a balance between outstanding wines that will be familiar to most and intriguing offerings that require a bolder choice. The headings suggest fascinating choices from around Australia and the world. Relax in a comfortable conversation with the sommelier about your choices.

Chiswick Woollahra

65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
(02) 8388 8688

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Eleonore Wulf
WINEs ON LIST 75 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$29 by the glass)

This is an outstanding small list thanks largely to the quality of choices made by the sommelier. It is an eclectic list from around Australia and around the world with a focus on wines made by organic and biodynamic practices and those using minimal additives. New wave producers sit comfortably alongside established superstars with an important focus being on the balance between the wines and Chiswick's dishes.

Cho Cho San

73 Macleay Street, Potts Point
(02) 9331 6601

CUISINE  Japanese
WINE LIST  Sam Christie
WINEs ON LIST 85 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$19 by the glass)

Diners interested in a lesson in sake could not do better than invest in a Cho Cho San feast with sake flight; indulge in one of the many idiosyncratic cocktails using sake or aged mirin listed; or just peruse the extensive sake offerings. The odd Japanese wine appears on the main wine list but its real feature is a suite of Australian and international winemakers creating a storm with their alternative, low-intervention, “natural” wines from the likes of Pyramid Valley, Ochota Barresl, Giovanni Armani, William Downie and Jauma. As a counter-point, the list embraces quality makers of the mostly organic and biodynamic kind making excellent wines.


23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
(02) 8214 0505

CUISINE  Seafood
WINE LIST  Nick Hildebrandt
WINEs ON LIST 600 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$50 by the glass)

A staggeringly good list, very much of the minute. It’s ideal for those who want to call in before or after an event. Has a list by the glass (or carafe) that would be satisfying in itself. The focus is on the new, the cutting edge, the arresting and the satisfying as it explores hither-to unknown nooks and crannies of the world with gusto, and balanced neatly by established superstars – such as Grosset, Tyrrells, Rockford, and Penfolds. An exciting, enticing yet neatly evened list of the highest quality.

Clove Lane

19 Clovelly Road, Randwick
(02) 9326 3573

CUISINE  Modern Bistro
WINE LIST  Emile Avramides & Andrew Smith
WINEs ON LIST  64 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$20 by the glass)

A list which, except for the Champagnes, eschews the classic and traditional producers to venture forth for the exciting and emerging. The by-the-glass selection is excellent – ranges from Montagnac picpoul to Yarra chardonnay, from Paringa Pinot to Piedmont Barbera.

The Cut Bar & Grill

16 Argyle St, The Rocks
(02) 9259 5695

CUISINE  Steakhouse
WINE LIST  Gustavo Kroenis
WINEs ON LIST 475 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($14-$40 by the glass)

For once, the cliché about every selection counting is spot on. This is not a telephone book of endless wines but a superb collection across all top regions with exceptional choices, young and old. The wines by the glass also include Coravin options and a section devoted to Italy. Bravo!

Dear Sainte Éloise

Shop 5, 29 Orwell Street, Potts Point
(02) 9326 9745

CUISINE  Australian
WINE LIST  Matt Swieboda
WINEs ON LIST 518 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($12-$21 by the glass)

Dear Sainte Eloise, you have crafted a truly wonderful, comprehensive and adventurous wine list with carefully chosen wines from a wide range of both classic and well-established producers, wine regions and wine styles. The wine style descriptions and explanations give the list personality and readability and it is really worth taking the time to pore over this list. There is a keen eye on the new and emerging styles and the renewed and re-emerging styles with plenty of examples of orange and yellow wines, rosé, pétillant naturel, the Jura and Georgia to name a few plus a nice array of affordable, quality wine by the glass.

Devine Food and Wine

32 Market Street, Sydney
(02) 9262 6906

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST  Julian Izzillo
WINEs ON LIST 400 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($12-$48 by the glass)

This wine list has a strong Italian wine theme which is perfect to complement the Italian-themed food. There is also a thorough global wine offer, that includes some fantastically unusual varieties which are well worth exploring. As complete as the wine list is, be sure to take a moment to be diverted by and indulge in the incredible range of Amari available.  A strong range of very interesting wines at affordable prices is also available by the glass or carafe and, yes, there is more – a wonderful array of cocktails and beers.

The Dolphin

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9331 4800

CUISINE  Italian/Australian
WINE LISTMarie-Sophie Canto & James Hird
WINEs ON LIST 351 (4 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9-$18 by the glass)

While traditionalists will be happy with quality local names like Tyrrells and Bindi, this is a treasure chest of emerging stars, left field oddities, unheralded gems, many with a nod to the natural wine movement. Look for thrilling producers like Cotat, Selosse, Dagueneau and Ganevat. Expect an exciting ride.


79 Elliott Street, Balmain
(02) 9810 5466

CUISINE  Turkish
WINE LIST Fatih Kulle & Enis Guner
WINEs ON LIST 65 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$16 by the glass)

The complete Turkish experience! Start with a Turkish beer or one of the many Raki (the unofficial national drink) showcased here before delving into Turkish cuisine with the biggest range of Turkish wines you will ever see. To help those of us new to Turkish wines, to dip your toe in the water, there a good many of these Turkish wines available as wine by the glass so you have the perfect opportunity to give them a try. A great experience, but if you are not feeling quite so adventurous, there is a very good selection of more familiar wine and beverage offers.


57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin
1300 590 075

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST  Cameron Brooksby & Peter Marchant
wines ON LIST 226 (36 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($11-$36 by the glass)

A detailed and Australian-focused wine list showing the real diversity of Australian styles and varieties that are being produced. If you must go further afield, there is some great support from some of the classic European regions, Champagne, Burgundy, Rhône Valley, Piedmont and Tuscany to name a few. The wine by-the-glass list is particularly varied, interesting and affordable.


252 George Street, Sydney
(02) 9114 7312

CUISINE  Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST  Bhatia Dheeraj
Wines ON LIST 1,526 (46 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$131 by the glass)

A mouth-watering and complete wine list with something for everyone, from the expert to the enthusiast. From a diverse and enticing wine by-the-glass list through to extensive vintage offerings of some of the absolute classic wines from both Australia and overseas. Virtually every country and wine style is represented so if you are curious to try something different, here is your opportunity.


2 Ash St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000

WINE LIST  Julien Legat
Wines ON LIST 2,096 (44 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$581 by the glass)

This wine list boasts a wonderfully tempting and expansive wine by-the-glass list that includes two glass sizes and a carafe option and has a solid French bias, as you’d expect for this French-inspired restaurant. The main list, too, is utterly comprehensive and showcases a vast array of almost exclusively French and Australian wines, styles and vintages from a fresh Loire muscadet to some rare 1950s Grange. Take the opportunity to try something from some of the lesser-known regions, or enjoy the established glory of the classic regions. There is something for all tastes and occasions here.


5/6 Bells Boulevard, Salt Village, South Kingscliff
(02) 6674 4833

CUISINE  Seafood
WINE LIST  Morgan Snow, Matthieu Sadaillan, Michael Pyrgos & Florent Elineau
WINEs ON LIST 100 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$19 by the glass)

One can feel a lot of love for food and wine exuding from the pages of this menu and wine list. Match your line-caught fish with wines from a wine list that is not extensive but which has been thoughtfully put together with cleverly and carefully selected wines. Though not expansive, the chosen wines expertly showcase a wide range of wine styles and varieties, from here and abroad. The wine by-the-glass selection is tempting and affordable. The offer here is individual and fresh.


23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
(02) 8204 0800

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Miki Bisceglia
WINEs ON LIST 100 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$37 by the glass)

A really classy and carefully chosen wine list where one feels every wine has really earned its place. This list is not long and laborious but instead clever, with a good mix of some classic icon producers and wines among which sit comfortably a great range of more recent entrants who are pushing the boundaries and keeping everyone honest. Plenty of choice and plenty of enjoyment to be had here.

Fix St James

111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
(02) 9232 2767

CUISINE  Australian
WINE LISTStuart Knox
WINEs ON LIST 200 (110 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$95 by the glass)

A quirky, adventurous and energetic wine list with a massive 100 wines by the glass, many poured under Coravin so they are in great condition and many premium wines are available in 50ml pours so you can really experiment which seems to be the theme of this trendy and alternative wine bar. These guys are really having a go and their obvious enthusiasm for wine is infectious. There are plenty of the classics, too, so something for everyone and every occasion.

Flooded Gums

North Bonville Road, Bonville
1300 722 444

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LISTNiels Sluiman
WINEs ON LIST 250 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($7.5-$13 by the glass)

In a peaceful golf course setting, Flooded Gums provides a wine list with plenty to choose from, from both the main list and the wine by-the-glass section. Be assured to find the perfect match for your meal and your budget. The list is primarily Australian focused but is interspersed with some imported gems. So whether celebrating a special occasion or just relaxing after a round of golf, you’ll find just the right wine for the perfect end to the day.

Flying Fish

Ground Floor, Harbourside, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
(02) 9657 9130

CUISINE  Modern Australian Seafood
WINEs ON LIST 243 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$24 by the glass)

An excellent traditional list which is ideally tailored to a stellar seafood restaurant. Famous names and regions abound, with some exciting gems like Denis Mortet and Cloudburst. for the adventurous, look to the Iberian whites or even Koshu from Japan. And to finish, this has to be one of the very few places offering the 50-Year-Old Penfolds Rare Tawny.


380 Oxford Street, Paddington
(02) 9114 7331

CUISINE  Produce driven, contemporary
WINE LIST  Jaimee Pollock
WINEs ON LIST 400 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($13-$41 by the glass)

There is a real focus on Australian wines here which picks the gems from across the continent for your enjoyment. To balance this there are carefully selected wines to showcase the different styles and regions of the wine powerhouses in Europe. If you are not after the full bottle, there is a lovely tight and tasteful selection of wines by the glass, with two glass sizes available. And to celebrate the “spirit of Fred’s [which] was born in California”, there is a nice little focus on Californian wines which we don’t get to see over here very often.

General Chao

District Dining, Chatswood Interchange, 436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
(02) 9411 7977

WINE LIST  Ellen McCallum
WINEs ON LIST60 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($7-$15 by the glass)

Here is a small but choice selection of good value wines well suited to the Asian cuisine. The range is affordable and diverse and perfectly suited to the venue giving you plenty of reasons to keep returning. If wine is not your thing, there is a good array of appetising cocktails and spirits to complete your dining experience.


488 George Street, Sydney
(02) 9265 6068

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Mauro Bortolato & Chris Rose
WINEs ON LIST 1,000 (41 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$210 by the glass)

This extensive wine list provides a veritable wine tour of the world, including maps to help you navigate this. From Croatia to Canberra and everything in between, the choice is vast. It is worth, too, seeking out the wine by-the-glass list because there are some great options here, including some high-end wines in three different glass sizes which gives the opportunity to taste a wider selection of wine not normally accessible. If you have something really special to celebrate, there are some extensive ranges of aged vintages of iconic wines, such as Grange, which are at relatively good value prices too.

Golden Century

393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney
(02) 9212 3901

CUISINE  Asian, Chinese
WINE LIST  Kevin Kam
WINEs ON LIST546 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($5-$28 by the glass)

Golden Century celebrates 30 years as a Sydney institution famous for a wine list that boasts some of the world’s greatest wines. Vinous voyeurs could not better than eye the red wine listing with its 1953 Penfolds Grange at a mere $43,800 a bottle and the mortgaging-busting 1870 Lafite at $98,560. And there are plenty more of that stature but back closer to earth the list is definitely more accessible with a strong contingent of top Australian makers and a smattering of others. At its heart, the list is quintessentially French with styles well-suited to Chinese cuisine. A Cognac or whisky to close the meal brings out a serious listing indeed.


49 Market Street, Sydney
(02) 8262 0098

CUISINE Modern Australian with an Italian twist
WINE LIST  Chris Morrison & Serena Carl
WINEs ON LIST550 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$55 by the glass)

Gowings is a boisterous dining space in the CBD which has been immeasurably improved by this wine list. With the help of Coravin, its list by the glass moves from very good to awesome. While all the bases are covered, it’s the range of unfamiliar varieties that takes the list to a new level. Offering information on a list is tricky but Gowings has nailed this by linking the unfamiliar to the familiar. Three cheers! There’s an impressive range of aged wines, prices throughout are fair and the choices offered are incredible.

GPO Cheese and Wine Room

Lower Ground Floor, 1 Martin Place Sydney
(02) 9229 7701

CUISINE  Specialty
WINE LIST  Maxime Pellegrin
WINEs ON LIST190 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$33.5 by the glass)

Regulars will rejoice in the bigger wines by the glass listing to feature this year and the inclusion of three premium wines for tasting from Barolo, Rhône and Burgundy. Textural wines from around the world are a feature, in keeping with the cheese room’s raison d'être, with whites such as pinot gris, albariño, aged semillon and riesling worth checking out. In reds, merlot, malbec, pinot noir and shiraz blends do an equally fine job. But the star is the range of cheese and wine flights to be enjoyed.

Harvest Newrybar

18 – 22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar

(02) 6687 2644

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Moira Waterfall, Russell Berry & Samuel Curtis
WINEs ON LIST50 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$30 by the glass)

A small, yet adventurous list that has a smattering of leading lights such as Yarra Yering and Bindi offset by excellent artisanal producers such as Ochota Barrels and Ruggabellus. And it’s not afraid to focus on the new as in Ricca Terra from the Riverland or those pushing boundaries such as Timo Mayer in the Yarra Valley. And while the layout needs polishing, the wines on offer are totally in the zone.


15 Bligh St, Sydney
(02) 9232 0881

WINE LIST  Andy Tyson
WINEs ON LIST 600 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$32 by the glass)

If Picasso was a trumpet player and drank a’ plenty, he would own this place. Showcasing 600 wines, the list is a pleasure to read and explore. Wine by the glass is incredibly well documented, with nefarious tasting notes that have been written by someone who obviously drinks a lot but also knows how to use a pen (wishful thinking by this reviewer). Additionally, because the list is so extensive, you’re offered extensive ranges of varieties including chenin blanc and lesser known grapes like Burgundy’s “other” variety Aligoté. There is also a cosmic, quality list of spirits, with a focus on rum, scotch and whiskies. Cognac lovers will delight in the range available by the glass. The list offers some tantalising moments with a mix of post-modern and risqué imagery, it’s a portrait of wonder.

Hugo’s Manly

Shop 1, Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly
(02) 8116 8555

CUISINE  Modern Australian/Italian
WINE LIST  Benjamin Moechtar
WINEs ON LIST 92 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$22 by the glass)

A snappy list that splits itself largely between recognisable Australian and Italian wines. It means you can sip soave and pinot grigio or order a bottle of sangiovese and shiraz to go with pizza. Wines are keenly priced and there’s a fair spread in the by-the-glass options.


1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
(02) 9365 9000

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST  Gabrielle Webster
WINEs ON LIST 468 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($13-$38 by the glass)

An award-winning restaurant with killer beach views and an Italian-focused menu needs an appropriately diverse wine list and Iceberg’s doesn’t disappoint. French options are choice but Italy and Australia are the stars. Whether your predilection is for Piedmont or Margaret River, Tuscany or Hunter Valley, Sicily or Coonawarra, and along with the big names and more artisanal producers, this thrilling list offers something for everyone.

Il Lago

Unit G01/8 Century Cct, Norwest Business Park, Baulkham Hills
(02) 9634 2487

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST  Gianbattista Plebani
WINEs ON LIST 178 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8-$10 by the glass)

While the list is not overwhelming, and that’s a good thing, there’s enough wine to ensure a decent match to Il Lago’s menu. The Italian red selection is stronger than the whites but if you want to skip a valpolicella, aglianico del Vulture or nebbiolo, there are the usual suspects such as Yarra Valley pinot noir, Barossa reds or Margaret River cabernets.


305 George St, Entry via Angel Place, Sydney
(02) 9223 0158

CUISINE  Sri Lankan / South Indian
WINEs ON LIST 49 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$22 by the glass)

While Indu’s beer selection could expand beyond the four good options, it’s at least offset by a ripper range of gin. The wine list proper is small and solid working with mainly aromatic and textural varieties from fiano, grüner veltliner to pinot noir and spicy grenache blends.


Ground Floor, 1 Martin Place Sydney
(02) 9229 7788

WINE LIST  Mathieu Mouraire
WINEs ON LIST 260 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$28 by the glass)

It’s hardly surprising that Italian wines take centre stage at Intermezzo with key varietals from all its regions on offer and taking in a fair mix of lesser-known producers. While the list’s layout is not the most captivating, the wines are and there’s a good selection by the glass.


69 Bynya Road, Palm Beach
(02) 9974 5599

CUISINE  Modern Australian with Italian influences
WINE LIST  Niels Sluiman
WINEs ON LIST 1,680 (80 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$54 by the glass)

Jonah’s extensive list is one of the best and deserves its recognised status but it doesn’t rest on its laurels – head sommelier Niels Sluiman works hard to ensure there’s delight and temptation on every page. Of course the great and rare are dotted through but every option is based on excellence at whatever price point. The wine flights are always of note and its by-the-glass selection outstanding.

Junction Moama

6 Shaw Street, Moama
1800 806 777

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Daniel Kadamni
WINEs ON LIST70 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($9-$11 by the glass)

This border town on the Murray River specialises in the wines of Victoria especially those from nearby regions. It is an intelligently chosen list with the addition of a small number of wines from around the world to satisfy those who wish to try something different. Prices throughout are modest. The beer list begins with eight beers on tap, while the range of cocktails and spirits can be expected to keep the clientele well satisfied.

Kid Kyoto

17-19 Bridge Street, entry via Bridge Lane, Sydney
(02) 9241 1991

CUISINE  Japanese
WINEs ON LIST 36 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$18 by the glass)

A short list that’s long on possibilities thanks to its selection of sakes offered in a range of sizes from a taste through to carafe (or get acquainted with several by choosing a flight). The wines cover good options from textural and crisp whites to aromatic reds.

Kipling’s Garage Bar

2 Eastern Road, Turramurra
(02) 9440 4088

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Thiago Menezes & Helen Thompson
WINEs ON LIST 380 (120 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$40 by the glass)

A list that’s not too big, not too small and offering just the right number of styles and varieties. Plenty of diversity with producers and the adventurous can veer towards Jim Barry assyrtiko, South African chenin blanc or Chilean carménère and more.

La Disfida Enoteca Pizza

109 Ramsay Street, Haberfield
(02) 9798 8299

CUISINE  Italian & Pizza
WINE LIST  Simone Busi
WINEs ON LIST 100 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($8-$25 by the glass)

This constantly buzzing suburban restaurant celebrates Italian wines by serving a great range of their indigenous varieties in an international collection that focuses on Italy and Australia. By the glass (150, 250, 500ml) pushes the boundaries. There’s a focus on orange wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, older Australian vintages, all at reasonable prices.

La Rosa The Strand

Shop 133, Level 2, The Strand Arcade, 193 Pitt Street Sydney
(02) 9231 6117

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST  Cristian Casarin
WINEs ON LIST 95 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$20 by the glass)

La Rosa’s focus is largely Italian and works off the weight of the wine such as light and fresh whites expect vermentino, riesling and pinot grigio there to full-bodied reds such as shiraz and sangiovese. The pricing appears ad hoc with the inclusion of cents for example an Amarone at $162.10 and the Iconic list might raise an eyebrow but lesser-known producers throughout add variation.

La Tratt

14 Anzac Ave, Fairfield
(02) 9727 5000

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LISTAnthony Sobb
WINEs ON LIST 176 (42 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$27 by the glass)

While the key varieties are covered under Australian and New Zealand whites and reds, some of the most interesting wines are from Italy. Expect to find Quintarelli, Poggerino, Vietti, De Bartoli and more. Plus a smattering of French and other international producers for added choice.

The Lodge Bar

3/415 Darling Street, Balmain
(02) 8084 2502

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Thomas Hoff
WINEs ON LIST 215 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($13-$25 by the glass)

A strong selection of spirits supports this list but many fine wines also await – Cuilleron, Castagna, Clonakilla, Clarendon, Curly Flat, Craggy Range, just for starters. The selection is extensive and there is a fine choice for those who’d prefer to stick with ‘by the glass’.

Lotus Barangaroo

Shop 8-9 Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo
(02) 8318 8618

CUISINE  Chinese
WINE LISTKaren Dollimore
WINEs ON LIST 221 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$19 by the glass)

This well-constructed wine list traverses the world’s regions with style. Think top riesling, aromatic whites, pinot noir and alternative varieties like mencia and dolcetto are driven by acidity and texture to pair with crispy chicken, fish and Sichuan specialties.

Lotus Dumpling Bar

3/16 Hickson Rd, Dawes Point
(02) 8318 8618

WINE LIST  Annette Lacey
WINEs ON LIST 32 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$16 by the glass)

This compact list presents wines of interest and accessibility, perfectly pitched with Chinese dumpling bar fare. Among the whites are crisp riesling, grigio, pinot blanc and petit Chablis, while supple reds include pinot noir, gamay grenache, malbec and dolcetto.

Lotus the Galeries

Level 1/500 George St, Sydney
(02) 8318 8618

WINE LIST  Annette Lacey
WINEs ON LIST 84 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$16 by the glass)

This tidy, medium-sized list showcases chardonnay from the likes of Howard Park, Shadowfax, Neudorf and Leeuwin. At the top end, splash out on iconic Australian shiraz from Henschke, Penfolds and Rockford or a shot of speciality Baiju.

Love, Tilly Devine

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst
(02) 9326 9297

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST  Matt Swieboda
WINEs ON LIST 285 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES  $$$ ($10-$19 by the glass)

A list overflowing with personality, persuasion and producers of the lo-fi movement. And with that, Love, Tilly Devine has enticed a legion of fans to embrace those styles including skin-contact whites. However, it is not all about drinking differently, it’s about enjoying wines of complexity and more besides. It’s why the likes of Frankland Estate will sit next to Brave New Wine in the riesling section or Giaconda aligned with Manon in the chardonnay grouping. Essentially, this is a fabulous list with joy on every page.

Madame Shanghai

18 College St, Darlinghurst
(02) 8318 8618

WINE LIST  Annette Lacey
WINEs ON LIST 174 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$17 by the glass)

Annette Lacey takes us on a vinous journey from this busy Shanghai street food and grill in the heart of Darlinghurst. A core of classic styles is augmented with progressive artisan producers. Shining lights include Nicolas Joly Savennières and Clos Mogador Priorat.

Manly Greenhouse Grill

36-38 South Steyne, Manly
(02) 9056 3388

CUISINE Modern Grill
WINE LIST  Craig Hemmings & James Audas
WINEs ON LIST 197 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$19 by the glass)

Compact by the glass yet with thoughtful choices and a selection by the bottle that covers all the bases – challenging yet ultimately satisfying. The small Champagne list illustrates this admirably. At its heart, the list focuses on Australia and France yet is immeasurably improved by sections on white and red Italian and Spanish varietals. There are sections on skin contact, gamay and more to tantalise. While the cutting edge is prominent, there is a lot of choice among well-loved favourites. The beers may surprise and the spirits, too, especially if whisky is your tipple of choice.


6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
(02) 9332 3822

CUISINE Seafood/grill
WINE LIST  Samuele Sampirisi
WINEs ON LIST 433 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$58 by the glass)

This well-balanced wine list encompasses excellent examples of established and emerging names across local and international styles. A strong glass list offers top labels like Leeuwin art series and By Farr under coravin to indulge along with your specialty seafood.


129/85 Reynolds Street, Balmain
04 1010 7742

WINE LIST  Giancarlo Bazzocchi & Marco Orso
WINEs ON LIST 250 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$49 by the glass)

This list presents an authentic range of Italian styles traversing the regions of Piemonte, Veneto, Toscana, Lazio and beyond. Highlights include Sicilian nero d’avola, Barolo from Sandrone and Mascarello and nebbiolo from Australia’s own Giaconda.


30 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay
(02) 9361 6641

CUISINE Roman (Italian)
WINE LIST  Flavio Carnevale
WINEs ON LIST 182 (1 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$19 by the glass)

You don't have to be knowledgeable about Italian wines to visit Marta, but it definitely helps. This is a 100 per cent Italian listing and that means a crash course for some in categories such as rosato (rosé) and arancioni (orange or amber wines with skin contact) and the use of anfora (amphora pots). It’s a daring concept with Rome and the Lazio wine region the star followed by wines from the rest of the country. The Riserva list is approachable, price wise.


4 Ash Street Sydney
(02) 9221 6444

WINE LIST  Clint Hillery
WINEs ON LIST 100 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($11-$22 by the glass)

This is a beautifully executed collection of Iberian styles. Must-try Spanish whites to pair with your ortiz anchovies include albariño, godello, macabeo and verdejo. Rich red tempranillo from Roda and Muga as well as Australia’s own La Linea Mencia make attention-grabbing reds.


6 Cowper Road, Woolloomooloo
0478 571 334

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LISTRiccardo Bernabei
WINEs ON LIST  95 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$32 by the glass)

A short list doesn’t mean a list lacking in gems and for those who like Italian, they’ll be in heaven. The deliberate Italian focus, bar some Champagne, suits the cuisine perfectly. A tight collection of by-the-glass wines and there is an array of Italian gins, which appeal.

Momofuku Seiōbo

80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
(02) 9657 9169

CUISINE  Caribbean
WINE LISTMaximilian Gurtler
WINEs ON LIST 230 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($18-$23 by the glass)

If you are dining at Momofuku Seiōbo, it’s likely you'll know what to expect from the food and the wines. The list offers artisanal producers from around the world, in most cases, as collections of either different vintages or different wines, from the same maker. Expect rare or first-rate producers whose wines are eagerly sought after. These are winemakers on the cutting edge, using minimal inputs, skin contact and daring to be different. In its genre, a world class list.


71a Macleay Street, Potts Point
(02) 9360 4410

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LISTNick Hildebrandt
WINEs ON LIST 800 (60 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$50 by the glass)

One of Australia’s finest wine bars since it was established by Nick Hildebrandt and Brent Savage in 2012, Monopole continues to light up Potts Point with its exemplary wine list and the aromas of Savage’s food exiting the ovens. It’s a rare list which benefits from a sommelier’s text but here it provides background while hinting at the quality of the drinking experience. By the glass (120 and 375 ml) covers the modern field of international wine, loving France best of all but sharing highlights from around the globe. Cocktails, spirits, sake, beer all enrich the time spent here.


14 Anzac Ave Fairfield
(02) 9727 5000

WINE LISTAnthony Sobb
WINEs ON LIST 26 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES  $ ($10-$16 by the glass)

The French restaurant at the Fairfield RSL Club has a modestly priced list that gives its customers the opportunity to explore the wines from most parts of the French countryside. While it’s a small list, most of its offerings are available by glass or bottle.

Mr. Wong

3 Bridge Lane, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9114 7371

CUISINE  Cantonese Fusion
WINE LIST  Gary Armstrong
WINEs ON LIST 1,211 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$99 by the glass)

While plenty of heavy hitters vie for the (unofficial) title of best list in a Chinese restaurant in the country, few have the style and panache of Mr Wong’s. There are so many highlights: wines by the glass (150 and 250ml); Champagnes; riesling, white wines generally; pinot noir; verticals of some of the world’s finest but topped by its range of Penfolds Grange. Something for me – and everyone else.


N2 The Boardwalk, 1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle
(02) 4929 4122

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST  Yohei Namba
WINEs ON LIST 97 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($9-$25 by the glass)

A total focus on the wines from NSW is the aim of this Newcastle establishment – as they say, ‘wine not?’ A collection of Thomas Semillons by the glass is a welcome touch – yet they also offer a number outside that spectrum, with a set of Japanese wines a highlight. Their wide array of spirits completes a thoughtful list.

The Newcastle Club

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

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Matt Underwood
WINEs ON LIST 587 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($11-$22 by the glass)

Back-to-back wins as Australia’s Best Club List suggests that the Newcastle Club is on fire. It is. There is an admirable focus on the local wines of the Hunter Valley, and New South Wales while at the same time offering those wines in balance with outstanding examples of wines from other parts of Australia and overseas. The key is careful selection: wide ranging and precise.

Nomad Sydney

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9280 3395

CUISINE Mediterranean with middle eastern influence
WINE LIST  Ged Bellis
WINEs ON LIST227 (64 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($13-$44 by the glass)

Slight changes to Nomad’s offering have been for the better: still with 60 Aussie wines by the glass (& carafe) and with more offerings than before – the cutting edge remains. The focus is firmly on sustainability and new wave producers while offering plenty of established favourites from home and abroad. The sections, Growers Champagnes, and White and Red Wines from Around the World offer bottles from overseas to complement the strong local list.

North Bondi Fish

118-120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi
(02) 9130 2155

CUISINE  Seafood
WINE LIST Matt Dunne
WINEs ON LIST 50 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($12-$24 by the glass)

It’s hard to believe this small list packs so much within its covers. The ‘Before’ and ‘After’ is handled more than capably while there is a lot available by the glass; a pleasing range of unfiltered wines; more than a dozen rosés; a neat balance of whites and reds from established and new-wave producers. There’s a refreshing vibe to the list that tantalises.

Nu Bambu

20-26 Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park
(02) 9559 0088

WINE LIST  Jackson Sobb
WINEs ON LIST 46 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($9-$16 by the glass)

The Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club has a well-thought out list of modestly priced wines from home and abroad that are well suited to its Asian menu. Plenty of choice by the glass, too.

One Ford Street

1 Ford Street, Balmain
(02) 9818 4232

WINE LIST  Fabio Dore & Fabio Deiana
WINEs ON LIST 305 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($10-$40 by the glass)

This is a great list for getting to know the wines of Italy, well-laid out, enticing, covering all the bases. The list by the glass is deceptively small yet it is supplemented by exemplars from Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino and Valpolicella which are available by the glass under Coravin.  Most of Italy’s indigenous varieties are represented with a brilliant feature on Sicily’s nerello mascalese. There’s a section on international varieties in Italy and around the world. Impressive.

One Penny Red

2 Moonbie Street, Summer Hill
(02) 9797 8118

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LISTDavid Murphy & Mirko Scanu
WINEs ON LIST 308 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($12-$28 by the glass)

There’s lots to love about this impressive list, before, after and during the meal. The focus is on the cutting edge, sustainable viticulture and winemaking with minimal inputs. It is very much a tour of the world of wine, strong on its Australian base yet thoughtful and eclectic on its choice of internationals. There are highlights which will educate and enthuse: established superstars if you choose not to be bold. Having said that, this is a pretty good place to be bold.

Oremeggio At The Spit

d'Albora Marinas, Spit Rd, Mosman
(02) 9969 4088

CUISINE  Contemporary Italian
WINE LIST  Davide Coccia
WINEs ON LIST 419 (50 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$44 by the glass)

This is one of Australia’s best and most comprehensive Italian lists admirably suited to Alessandro Pavoni’s superb dishes and a wonderful tribute to Lombardy and Italy. Most would be happy to graze over the extensive list by the glass and carafe, though they might miss out on some treats from Piedmont and more. Many might overlook the range of Australian wines without noticing how careful the choices have been. A triumph!

Oscillate Wildly

275 Australia Street, Newtown
(02) 9517 4700

WINE LIST  William Godsall-Smith
WINEs ON LIST 319 (9 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$18 by the glass)

The strength of Oscillate Wildly’s list is the quality of the choices it makes. While, at first glance, the list by the glass might seem to be too limited, yet the care with which the selection has been made and its modest pricing would disarm any critic. The other key to the list is the balance within, which makes so many of the bottles admirable partners to the food. The list is quite accessible – having at least half of the wines available for less than $100 a bottle. This is an international list dominated by cutting edge vignerons yet balanced by a significant selection of established winemakers with formidable reputations.


8-6/9 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
(02)  9368 7488

CUISINE  Italian
WINE LIST  Nathan Lawler
WINEs ON LIST 330 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($16-$58 by the glass)

This iconic Sydney restaurant continues its love affair with Italy by supporting its classic Italian menu with an outstanding collection of Italian and Australasian wines. There’s a substantial list by the glass, Italian varietals from home and Australia as well as international classics. There’s a feature on flavour of the month, Etna,  and aged releases from around the world. The list balances well-established favourites and up-and-coming vignerons to tantalise.

Paper Daisy

21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach
(02) 6676 1444

CUISINE  Australian Contemporary
WINE LIST  Hiroyuki Okubo
WINEs ON LIST 200 (33 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$80 by the glass)

Lists at this level are often War and Peace-like tomes. Paper Daisy is not. This means that those behind it need to craft the list with great care, so as not to waste any selection. They have succeeded admirably. And they have done so while keeping the pricing more than competitive. Acknowledged classics or emerging stars – it is all here. Superb ‘by the glass’ as well.

Parlour e Cucina

49 Market Street, Sydney
(02) 8262 0098

CUISINE  Modern Australian with an Italian twist
WINE LIST  Chris Morrison & Serena Carl
WINEs ON LIST 73 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($9-$15 by the glass)

Parlour e Cucina is Mod Oz (think Shobbrook, Franz, Mayer, Farr Rising) with an Italian twist (La Stoppa, Jermann, Occhipinti) and what an enticing and keenly priced selection it is. Expect youthful, fresh wines, a number of unwooded styles and Aussie alternative grape varieties following in the Italian way – fiano, rondinella, nebbiolo, Barbera – contrasted with a few surprises from some classic makers such as Tahbilk and Wynns. Newly opened in 2019, Parlour e Cucina will hit the spot with this tight and interesting little list.


Shop 100, Level 2 412-414 George Street, Sydney
(02) 9231 6117

WINE LIST  Cristian Casarin
WINEs ON LIST 210 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($15.5-$141.4 by the glass)

Always an Italian treat, Pendolino continues to refresh and meet the changing demands of its diners. Hence the vegan food and wine matching menu which will fulfil the needs of a growing number of vegans. The wine list is essentially Italian and quality all the way. Consider the new super-premium wines in by-the-glass pours, including 2009 The Armagh – perfect celebratory fare – and the balancing act beautifully performed between the main Italian regions and styles throughout. The red stars of the Veneto and Barolo shine. The range of Italo-inspired Australian wines is particularly thoughtful in its selection.

Pilu at Freshwater

'On the Beach' Moore Road, Freshwater
(02) 9938 3331

CUISINE  Sardinian
WINE LIST  Wainer Pordeti
WINEs ON LIST 380 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES  $$$ ($15-$55 by the glass)

This highly regarded and much awarded list has lost none of its thrill and if Giovanni’s cooking isn’t enough to get you there, these wines surely must. The Italian force is strong but there is much more. Think about dipping into the vertical of Sardinia’s own Turriga for a real treat.

Pino’s Vino e Cucina

199 Lawrence St Alexandria
(02) 9550 2789‬

WINE LIST  Matteo Margiotta
WINEs ON LIST 151 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($14-$41 by the glass)

As with the food, the focus here is on Italy, its abundance, diversity and versatility with care taken to distinguish organic, biodynamic and vegan-friendly wines. There’s significant attention to Australia as well as France and Italy but always at the cutting edge. There’s impressive choice of Italian varietals and opportunities to explore its wine scene starting with an extensive by the glass (and half bottle).


Lower Ground Floor, 1 Martin Place, Sydney
(02) 9229 7744

WINE LIST  Felipe Gonzalez
WINEs ON LIST 100 (4 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8.5-$15 by the glass)

Appealing combination of local and Spanish offerings, which works perfectly with the cuisine. ‘By the Glass’ has nearly enough to occupy a wine lover for the evening but there are more well-priced gems to come. Try the Muga or Telmo Rodriguez if cracking Spanish reds are your thing.


Lower Ground Floor, 1 Martin Place Sydney
(02) 9229 7777

WINE LIST  Franck Goze
WINEs ON LIST 500 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12.5-$80 by the glass)

A restaurant which is a carnivore’s delight needs a list to match and Prime undoubtedly has that. A first-class set of spirits and beers with an extensive, thoughtful and cracking array of wines by the glass, including the use of Coravin, also impress. The amazing collection of fabulous reds is what really thrills.

Public Dining Room

2a The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
(02) 9968 4880

CUISINE  Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Luke Collard
WINEs ON LIST380 (37 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$46 by the glass)

A welcome approach to a wine list. Not a telephone book of endless names but, rather a list where regions, styles and varieties are represented with a small selection offering the best from home next to some classics from offshore. Alternatives included. There is a wider emphasis on chardonnay and pinot noir as befits the cuisine.


Upper Level Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
(02) 9251 5000

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST  Amanda Yallop & Shanteh Wong
WINEs ON LIST 520 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($16-$365 by the glass)

The use of Coravin gives an almost unique opportunity to try a wine like a 50-year-old vin jaune by the glass. So much here to enjoy as the selections are well crafted to make the most of every choice. Toss in a range of those brilliant Navazos Sherries (get the somm to direct you if there are any doubts), and this is a list to savour.

Queen Chow Enmore

Lvl 1, 167 Enmore Road, Enmore
(02) 9240 3000

CUISINE  Cantonese
WINE LIST Franck Moreau MS & Paul Huet
WINEs ON LIST 141 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($8-$38 by the glass)

A fine, complete list with considerable thought. Most styles are well covered and there are some gems to be had. Try the 2017 La Petite Mort Amphora VMR for $75. Pricing is more than competitive. There is a small reserve list. One surprise is a very fine offering of rosé.

Queen Chow Manly

Manly Wharf, Shop 22-23, Manly
(02) 9114 7341

CUISINE Cantonese
WINE LISTSzymon Forszpaniak
WINEs ON LIST 225 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($9-$23 by the glass)

As is the way with Merrivale restaurants, the two Queen Chows have very different wine lists. The newer, at Manly, has the feel of a Chinese list but has greater depth and is more comprehensive than most. It is international in scope balancing newish wines of good quality with established names. A wide range of varieties is featured while the selection of the currently popular rosés, pinot grigios and pinot noirs is more extensive than might be expected. Good value is a constant with an admirable balance between different price points.

The Queen’s Club

137 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
(02) 9264 1171

CUISINE  Modern Australian/French Inspired
WINE LIST  Dion Stergiopoulos, Jeanette Dickson, Vivian Esho & Paul Reid
WINEs ON LIST 273 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($7.5-$10.5 by the glass)

A largely traditional list, with a sprinkling of left field and alternative wines. A list thoughtfully constructed so that, as they say in the classics, all bases are covered. Very well priced and there has been careful consideration given to the inclusion of mature wines.

Regatta Rose Bay

594 New South Head Rd, Sydney
(02) 9327 6561

CUISINE Australian Contemporary/Bistro
WINE LIST  Luke Marosszeky & Nicolas Cleradin
WINEs ON LIST 123 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($8-$42 by the glass)

Pleasing to see a list which is obviously thoughtfully constructed, and with plenty of thrilling, under-the-radar, somm-inspired selections, also ensure that there are enough classics to make the traditionalists comfortable. The star turn is pinot – from Bass Phillip to Mugnier to Dugat-Py, lots to love.

Reign at the QVB

Level 1 QVB 455 George Street, Sydney
(02) 8023 7604

CUISINE Wine Bar/Contemporary
WINE LIST  Fabio Nistrio
WINEs ON LIST 200 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($13-$75 by the glass)

Champagne and sparkling winelovers rejoice. There is a new wine bar on the Sydney wine scene with you in mind and it offers a mighty fine selection of the world’s best by the glass, the wine flight (try The Champagne Districts) and the bottle. Curated by Fabio Nistrio, ex-Sokyo, Reign at the QVB celebrates the best bubbles of France, Australia and Italy in a supremely confident selection. While the table wine section plays a supporting act it is a well considered grouping of Australians with a sprinkling of the rest of the world. The spirits guide is especially creative and worthy of attention.

Restaurant Botanica

555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
(02) 6574 7229

CUISINE Regional Modern Australian
 Sara Wennerblom
WINEs ON LIST 150 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES  $$ ($14-$24 by the glass)

Situated in the Hunter Valley, this list takes full advantage of that; chock full of what this region does best. Top producers like Andrew Thomas are heavily featured. Excellent pricing and the information provided will prove useful.

The Rice Den

30-32 Chandos Street, St Leonards
(02) 9438 3612

CUISINE Cantonese
WINEs ON LIST 99 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$20 by the glass)

A carefully crafted list with numerous by-the-glass selections under Coravin, allowing for some exciting wines. There is a focus on some of the world’s great names – Prum, Weinbach, Quinterelli and Ridge – and emerging and established local stars like By Farr, Simha, Pannell and Oakridge. You get the picture – one quality wine after another. First class.

Riley St Garage

55 Riley St, Wolloomooloo
(02) 9326 9055

CUISINE Japanese Fusion
WINE LIST  Andy O’Tuama
WINEs ON LIST 90 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$35 by the glass)

Expect the unexpected. The Riley Street Garage promises a lively meal in a venue that is part bar, part gastro-pub with an eclectic collection of wines from around the world. The sizeable list by the glass offers a substantial range of varietals from here, there and everywhere: many will be unfamiliar, so it’s a place to experiment. There’s balance with familiar faces featured by the bottle so quality is assured.

Ripples Chowder Bay

Building 7C, Chowder Bay Rd, Mosman
(02) 9960 3000

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Nicola Drakopoulos
WINEs ON LIST 100 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($13-$19 by the glass)

A compact list which can take wine lovers on a journey around the world, as choices are offered from the proverbial four corners. Some real gems are found here, and you don’t have to look too hard. Plenty of options for those who prefer their wines biodynamic, including the brilliant 2012 Louis Roederer Rosé ($210).

Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney

66 Hunter St, Sydney
0415 601 787

CUISINE Steak House
WINE LIST  Yuki Hirose
WINEs ON LIST 3,720 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($16-$60 by the glass)

More an extraordinary collection of the great wines from all over the world than a standard wine list, it is world class. A string of amazing verticals is a highlight. One could stop with Champagne. Or Sherry or vintage Ports. Great names like DRC, Soldera, Coche-Dury, Ponsot, Dönnhoff. Spirits also exceptional. A 23-Year-Old Pappy van Winkle? Wow!

Rosetta Sydney

118 Harrington St, The Rocks
(02) 8099 7089

WINE LIST  Raphael Mulligan & Ambroise Moriceau
WINEs ON LIST 425 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($14-$46 by the glass)

An outstanding Italian-focused wine for this up-market restaurant with a stunning selection by the glass covering so many varietals and styles – with Coravin extending the possibilities. There are more than 30 Italian white varieties and incredible choice of Barolo, Barbaresco, sangiovese, nerello mascalese, aglianico and other great Italian reds.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

33 Peel Street, Kirribilli
(02) 9955 7171

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Jamie Dickinson & Kim Smith
WINEs ON LIST 1,131 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($9-$20 by the glass)

No shame in focusing on some home town heroes and Hunter semillon is a feature of this extensive list. Margaret River, Barossa and many other regions have also given up plenty of their jewels. Excellent representation from offshore, especially Chablis. And for those taking the plunge, some excellent pricing on great Rousseau Burgundies.

Sails on Lavender Bay

2 Henry Lawson Ave, McMahons Point
(02) 9056 3388

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST  Francisco Ramirez
WINEs ON LIST 192 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$21 by the glass)

A classy list, which could almost stop with the fine by-the-glass selection, the reds focusing on local heroes. The appealing array of chardonnay is a highlight, as are the Champagnes. Fine supporting cast of spirits. The pricing is compelling.

Saint Peter

362 Oxford Street, Paddington
(02) 8937 2530

CUISINE Australian Seafood
WINE LIST  Ronnie Gorman
WINEs ON LIST 43 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($14-$25 by the glass)

This is a small carefully-chosen list which dances on the cutting edge while balancing new-wave producers who espouse the cause of sustainability with classic producers such as Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon, Mount Mary Chardonnay and Aspley Gorge Pinot. There’s extensive choice by the glass and plenty to satisfy all tastes.

Saké The Rocks

12 Argyle St, The Rocks
(02) 9259 5656

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST  Gustavo Kroenis
WINEs ON LIST 279 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($14-$38 by the glass)

Japanese craft beers, some of their rare (here, at least) spirits, a fabulous array of sake, a superb collection of their whiskies and even a few Japanese wines set the scene. If you wish to go further, a very fine list of wines from around the globe, representing famous makers, awaits. My only complaint is that it is not my local.


83 Percival Road, Stanmore
(02) 9572 6666

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LISTBridget Raffal
WINEs ON LIST 260 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($14-$65 by the glass)

One of the stars of the 2019 Awards, this carefully curated, immaculately presented list shows what a clever sommelier can achieve in a small restaurant. The focus is on wines that suit the restaurant’s light, bright, produced-based dishes. Attention is paid to the winemakers and each is named alongside their wine. The cutting edge, organic and biodynamic producers are targeted. There’s a focus on small producers; diversity in the white wines on offer, as well as Jura blanc and sous voile (aged with flor yeast) whites; gamay and lightly framed reds from Beaujolais and around the world. Established superstars such as JJ Prum, Mt Pleasant ‘Elizabeth’, TarraWarra, Giaconda are a reference point and provide balance. A great list.


80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
(02) 9657 9161

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST  Alfio Cannavo
WINE ON LIST  450 (29 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($15-$295 by the glass)

Any list which kicks off proceedings with a fine array of quality Sherry is off to a great start in my book. Shows they are not afraid to source and present the best from anywhere. Anyone interested in top-notch sake will also be very pleased. Impressive collection by the glass and some cracking Champagnes. Riesling and pinot are two more highlights.

Sotto Sopra

G04/316-324 Barrenjoey Road, Newport
(02) 9997 7009

WINE LIST  Gianmarco Giovi
WINEs ON LIST 66 (32 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10.5-$28 by the glass)

A very strong and appropriate focus on good Italian wines, and those with an Italian connection, forms the backbone of this fine list. As diverse as Italian wine can be, they have done an admirable job in covering the regions. Plenty of names here that are headed for greater things.

Spice Temple Sydney

10 Bligh Street, Sydney
(02) 8078 1888

 Elly Webb
WINEs ON LIST 100 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($14-$32 by the glass)

The Spice Temple’s strange self-imposed decision to limit their list to just 100 wines seems odd but it pays off with the team ensuring absolutely every selection counts. Could we say 100 highlights? They have still managed to include a number of emerging stars among the traditional heroes. More than enough from which to choose happily.


6 Macquarie Street, Sydney
0418 190 986

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LISTLee Kwiez & Sunny Modi
WINEs  ON LIST 52 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$ ($6-$9.5 by the glass)

The dining room for the New South Wales Parliament has a classy modern menu and an impressive representation of the state’s wines with which to woo visitors and delight locals. While the list is sometimes difficult to navigate, it does feature many of the state’s finest and most interesting wines at modest prices.

The Stunned Mullet

Unit 1, 12/24 William Street, Port Macquarie
(02) 6584 7757

CUISINE International
 Lou Perri
WINEs ON LIST 429 (70 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($11-$72 by the glass)

A destination wine list, Stunned Mullet brings Sydney sophistication and a stunning global wine view to the seaside town of Port Macquarie. Each year it gets better, too, indicating the dedication of its curator, Lou Perri, who invites diners to ask about wines “off list” in case there is something in the cellar. Few will wish to wander too far from the extensive wines by-the-glass listing dispensed under Coravin with its 10-year-old Brokenwood Semillon, F X Pichler Grüner Veltliner, affordable Gaja Nebbiolo blend and Pietradolce Nerello Mascalese included. Smart and concise tasting notes accompany wines throughout the list to assist with your decision making. Despite some of the high-brow inclusions, this is a very approachable and personal wine list brimming with enthusiasm and we love it. There isn’t a weak spot to be seen. Enjoy.

Stuyvesant’s House

45 Alexander Street, Crows Nest
(02) 9439 7155

CUISINE Continental
WINE LIST Mark Dietz
WINEs  ON LIST 6,121 (50 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($9-$120 by the glass)

The strong Germanic-style menu with its heavy meat emphasis and dishes like Nürnbergerli and Bratwurst calls for a red and, wow! you are in luck. A large bulk of this 6,000-odd wine list is devoted to classic Australian red wines – most aged – from icon producers collected over the restaurant’s many years of operation. Penfolds has a starring role assisted by the likes of Wynns, Rockford, Torbreck before moving into European favourites. Germanic whites are hard to find in this large list but worth the wait.


551D Hunter Street, Newcastle West
(02) 4023 4048

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Kate Christensen
WINEs ON LIST 42 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($10.5-$18 by the glass)

Subo is a small Newcastle restaurant which has a tiny list focusing on the new wave of winemakers and viticulturists specialising in doing things differently from traditional winemaking. Names such as Blind Corner, La Violetta, Brash Higgins, Latta Vino, Quealy, Ochota Barrels and Vinden are writ large. Subo offers an ideal opportunity to enjoy these wines.

Sushi E

252 George Street, Sydney
(02) 9114 7314

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LISTEmilien Rebeilleau
WINEs ON LIST 221 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($14-$77 by the glass)

Not often one encounters a specialist cigar list these days, but it reflects the attention to detail all across the expressive and extensive list. Some classic names in a fine by-the-glass selection, offering the opportunity to even enjoy a glass of Y’quem. Thrill spirits, sake and Champagne – quality everywhere you look. A first-class list.

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

No 1 East Circular Quay, Sydney
(02) 9247 2937

WINE LIST  Barnaby Fallow
WINEs ON LIST  170 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($11-$17 by the glass)

We expect an iconic spot such as Sydney Cove’s Circular Quay to have an outstanding bar; few would be disappointed with the list at this oyster bar/seafood restaurant. The focus is on bubbly, vibrant whites and lightly-framed delicious reds. There’s an eclectic range of internationals with Aussies well-represented both by established superstars and promising newcomers. As long as the sun is shining, it’s a fun place to be.


529 Kent Street, Sydney
(02) 9267 2900

CUISINE French/Japanese
WINE LIST  Fabio Danzi
WINEs ON LIST  1,018 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($18-$45 by the glass)

There are few wine lists more comfortable in their own style and philosophy and personality than Tetsuya’s. Long-time favourite producers have stand-out collections which remain permanent additions, such as Möet’s Dom Pérignon, Keller, J.J. Prum, Henschke, Mount Mary and Robert Voerizo, to name but a few. They are a reassuring presence as producers around them wax and wane from year to year. Always global with one eye on Australia, the list embraces the odd rare beauty such as the 2012 Crawford River Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the more daring such as Grave Vineyards’ Koshu and Kyoho blend. More than 50 pages in length and featuring styles in total sync with Tetsuya’s cooking, this is a list to savour.

This Must Be The Place

239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 9331 8063

WINE LIST  Kylie Javier Ashton
WINEs ON LIST  20 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($19-$13 by the glass)

If This Must Be The Place, then This Must Be The List. It is tight, with a small selection of carefully chosen wines. Small perhaps, but they have still managed to compile a list with wines from France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Spain and numerous local districts. Pricing is competitive.

The Throsby

2/88 Kembla Street, Wollongong
(02) 4225 8053

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST  Erick Zevallos
WINEs ON LIST 48 (48 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($23-$10 by the glass)

This trendy Woollongon bar has a small list but sells all of its wine by the glass or bottle. There are established names such as Tolpuddle, Swinging Bridge, Ravensworth and Meadowbank balanced by classy newcomers such as Sailor Seeks Horse, Hughes and Hughes, Blind Corner and Unico Zelo. There's a lot to like about the selection.


283 Bondi Rd, Bondi
(02) 9114 7371

WINE LIST  Leah McLarty & Franck Moreau MS
WINEs ON LIST 135 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$25 by the glass)

The focus here is on cutting-edge Italian wines made using organic and biodynamic approaches to viticulture and minimal inputs in the winemaking process. Greatest attention is given to Italy and Australia though there are some impressive wines from around the world. Features include a glance at the terroir of the Jura and Chablis; the wines of Emidio Pepe; a diverse bunch of rosés and reds from the fridge.


320 George St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9114 7309

WINE LIST  Daniella Lauricella
WINEs ON LIST 850 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$60 by the glass)

A fine Italian-focused list, but no bigotry here against top wine from anywhere. The concept of different sizes for by-the-glass selections is appealing. Brilliant collection of magnums, especially Barolo. And for some local classics, an amazing vertical of Grange. A superb list that really does have something for everyone. Good pricing.

Upstairs At The Lord

19 Kent Street, Millers Point
(02) 9251 4045

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Blair Hayden and Kristian Savio
WINEs ON LIST 380 (75 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$18 by the glass)

Enjoying any of the Lord Nelson beers brewed onsite is a great start. A list for the curious. Big stars, alternative varieties, old favourites, future household names. A focus Rockford’s delicious Black Shiraz sparkler is a nice touch. There is an obvious focus on the better vintages to match.

Vernon's Bar

2 Moonbie Street, Summer Hill
(02) 9797 8118

WINE LIST  David Murphy
WINEs ON LIST 74 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$28 by the glass)

If one were to sidestep this very fine list, they'd certainly miss endless intriguing options, a superb collection of single malts, Japanese whiskies, gins and Sherries, with the fabulous Navazos featured. But the list is too good to ignore, with the next generation of Aussie superstars, like Stargazer, Ochta Barrels and Brash Higgins, mixing it with some quality offshore producers as well. Seriously well priced.

The Wine Library

18 Oxford St, Woollahra
(02) 9368 7484

CUISINE Mediterranean
WINE LIST  Tim Perlstone
WINEs ON LIST 510 (68 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9-$245 by the glass)

A list for those who wish to journey forth into the dark and unknown nooks and crannies. So much to discover. You are as likely to find a hárslevelű from Swartland as a classic white Burgundy, a pineau d’Aunis from the Loire as a Greenock Creek Shiraz. The real excitement is with the collection from Jura superstar, Ganevat.

Wolgan Dining Room

2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley
(02) 6350 1800

CUISINE Modern European
 Anthony Sabastian Tran
WINEs ON LIST553 (60 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($18-$410 by the glass)

This is an extraordinary list; admirably in tune with its place within the Wolgan Valley Resort. It’s rare to see a wine list so packed with the great wines of Australia and the world. And to have room for a sizeable group of locals; emerging superstars such as Domaine Simha and Stargazer. There’s a celebration of icons by the glass; the offer of complementary local wines throughout dinner. Unique.

Wood Pokolbin

401-427 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
(02) 4993 1193

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LISTJanet Wright
WINEs ON LIST 65 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($10-$19 by the glass)

Brokenwood’s new cellar door is now one of the region’s great attractions and the Hunter has the restaurant it deserves. Naturally, the winery’s production dominates, although there are plenty of other options, and quite a few made by former Brokenwood alumni, who have now scattered to the winds.

Workshop Kitchen

248 Armidale Rd, Tamworth, NSW
(02) 6766 7000

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTDaine Cooper
WINEs ON LIST 198 (46 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($8-$34 by the glass)

A list which opens with an extensive and pleasing array of beers, ciders, rums, gins and especially whiskies, there is good support for local distilleries and vineyards. Take your pick from a wide range of by-the-glass selections or the extremely well-priced collection which focuses on top producers and the pick of what they offer.


4/50 Holt St, Entrance on Gladstone St, Surry Hills
(02) 8399 1440

CUISINE Argentinean
WINE LIST  Gavin Wright
WINEs ON LIST 292 (200 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($12-$50 by the glass)

An extensive list which will thrill those excited by the natural wine movement or for anyone looking for emerging stars, left-field choices and the next hot thing. Want rare vin jaune, Lucy Margaux’s highly regarded wines, lesser-known Italian whites or the wines of Nicolas Joly? All this and more awaits you here.


57 Macleay Street, Potts Point
(02) 9332 2344

CUISINE Vegetarian
WINE LIST  Nick Hildebrandt
WINEs ON LIST 300 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($10-$28 by the glass)

With four three glass wine lists in the Sydney CBD, one might not expect diversity and difference to be hallmarks of the approach. Unless, perhaps, those behind the lists were Nick Hildebrandt and Brent Savage. This restaurant celebrates its vegetarian roots and has developed an approach in which the philosophy of the restaurateur meshed seamlessly with that of the vigneron. The key to both is sustainability. This impeccably curated list places iconic winemakers (Dr Loosen, Gosset, Crawford River, Curly Flat, Bass Phillip) alongside those who have established themselves among the growing pantheon of cutting-edge practitioners (Jacques Selosse, Dormilona, Garagiste and Lucy Margaux). It’s an international list with depth and breadth and a certain joie de vivre.

Yellow Billy

697 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
 (02) 6574 7204

CUISINE Food cooked over fire
WINE LIST  Patrick Hester
WINEs ON LIST 100 (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$ ($9-$45 by the glass)

This Hunter Valley restaurant  celebrates cooking with fire and a local legend Yellow Billy, gentleman bushranger. It has an international wine list with the offerings by the glass immeasurably improved by the use of Coravin. Local wines (from the Hunter) may have pride of place but there is much to delight from around the world. There’s a balance between sustainable wines and icons (Grosset, Clonakilla, Penfolds, Henschke, Clos St Hune, Dom) always with fair prices. Something to delight us all.