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posted on April 20, 2017
France-Soir
review by Ben Canaider

An institution with a cellar built up over 25 years, France-Soir features Australia’s best wines and also a staggeringly impressive French section ranging from the friendly and a ordable to wines suited to a billionaires’ club. Saturday luncheon sees a regular table of Melbourne’s wine elite gather to ...Read the full review

posted on April 20, 2017
City Wine Shop
review by Ben Canaider

A top-end of town wine mecca, sitting opposite Parliament House. Dark-timber paneling, a tiled bar and assured, natural wine service: You could be in France. You could be in Spain. Because Melbourne is a truly international city. Twenty wines by the glass—Germany, Georgia, Australia, Sicily, Burgundy—always changing. ...Read the full review

posted on April 16, 2017
Lupino
review by Ben Canaider

A bustling, busy and polished bistro, Lupino feeds and refreshes the palates of Melbourne’s corporate and political wine and food connoisseurs, but it is in no way buttoned-down. It’s just well run. You can tell by the service, informal yet excellent. The menu ranges from a thin, ...Read the full review

posted on April 16, 2017
Vic Asia
review by Ben Canaider

This Chinesesque restaurant sits just between the CBD and the Bay, in refined Albert Park. Run in a very handson manner by vinophile Ken Yuen, the tastefully decorated, long, thin dining room is never without at least a couple of winemakers, wine salespeople, wine importers, wine auctioneers or wine ...Read the full review

posted on April 12, 2017
Scopri
review by Ben Canaider

Located just north of the city, in Carlton, the Italian quarter, behind an unassuming set of rough farmhouse doors, there’s the perfectly simple Italian dining room that is Scopri. Whiteclothed tables, sturdy wooden café chairs, a blackboard full of specials and an old schoolroom map of Italy are ...Read the full review

posted on April 12, 2017
Comptoir
review by Ben Canaider

And it certainly is. A counter, a bar. That’s Comptoir. And over it come some unputdownable glasses of wine and some unmissable snacks and savories. Two of Australia’s most respected sommeliers—David Lawler and Tim Sacklin—set up Comptoir just last year with very “somm” priorities: wine ...Read the full review

posted on December 27, 2012
Bentley Restaurant & Bar
review by Michael Engelmann

Bentley offers delicious, modern Australian food in a relaxed setting with one of the best wine lists in town (700+ bottle selections and 25 wines by the glass). While this Surry Hills restaurant offers a lot of hard-to-find, rare and cult wines, it is also a great place to taste a ...Read the full review

posted on December 27, 2012
Love, Tilly Devine
review by Michael Engelmann

Named after Sydney’s most notorious female crime boss of the late 1920s, Love, Tilly Devine is a small wine bar hidden in an alley in Darlinghurst. I remember coming here when I first moved to Sydney and Matt Swieboda, the sommelier and co-owner, was pouring one of my ...Read the full review

posted on December 27, 2012
Oak Barrel
review by Michael Engelmann

I discovered this wine shop the first time I came to Australia on a wine trip with Josh Greene (editor of W&S). During the trip, I’d found a number of rare wines I wanted to bring back to the US to show my friends, and this ...Read the full review

posted on December 27, 2012
Felix Bistro & Ash St. Cellar
review by Michael Engelmann

I met Franck Moreau, MS, when I first moved to Sydney. Not only are we both French and both in charge of large wine programs but were we were also preparing for our Master Sommelier examinations and would often train together. Moreau moved to Australia in 2004 and, since 2005, has ...Read the full review

posted on December 27, 2012
Wine Library
review by Michael Engelmann

The Wine Library, a European-inspired wine bar that opened July 2010 in Woollahra, is the latest hit from the trio Traci Trinder, James Hird and Todd Garratt—well known for Buzo, their Italian restaurant around the corner. Open seven days a week, it’s filled with industry folk but especially ...Read the full review

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