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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