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Monday 28 May 2018

Looking for a glass of wine in Australia? This is a useful list.

The people behind the Young Gun of Wine award has now released its first Wineslinger list, a new initiative that uncovers some of the best venues in Australia for a fun wine experience.

The Top 50 venues across Australia for 2018 have been decided, voted by over 100 of Australia’s leading sommeliers and winemakers, and then whittled down to the Top 50 by the panel and editorial directors Nick Stock and Mike Bennie.

“These panelists are selected for their know-how, their taste, and the fact that they are out and about visiting venues near and far on a constant basis," said director Nick Stock. 
"They are chosen because they have a keen eye, a killer palate and they know a good time when they see one.” 

Over 300 venues in Australia received votes from the panel. The Top 50 list is made up of pubs, bars and restaurants, but what ties them together is an excellence in creating an environment where wine enjoyment is the hero. 

All must have "approachability, energy and adventure".

The Bentley Bar and Restaurant, Sydney 
“Australia offers one hell of a good time for wine lovers and there’s a high bar of quality in a national sense, married with a strong sense of identity and place wherever you go," Stock said. 

"That makes this list one very handy reference for both locals and visitors right across the country.” 

Voting for the people's choice Top 50 is now open at and closes on June 17. The Young Gun of Wine Awards will be unveiled at MONA in Tasmania on June 18. 

The judges' Top 50: 

New South Wales
10 William St, Paddington
Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Sydney
Bibo Wine Bar, Double Bay
Dear Sainte √Čloise, Points Point
Ester, Chippendale
Fix Wine Bar, Sydney
Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point
Harvest Newrybar, Newrybar
Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst
Monopole Restaurant & Bar, Potts Point
Restaurant Hubert, Sydney
The Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills

Bar Liberty, Fitzroy
Bellota, South Melbourne
Carlton Wine Room, Carlton
City Wine Shop, Melbourne
Embla, Melbourne
France Soir, South Yarra
Gerald's Bar, North Carlton
Gertrude Enoteca, Fitzroy
Kirk’s Wine Bar, Melbourne
Marion, Fitzroy
Neighbourhood Wine, Brunswick
The Alps, Prahran

South Australia
Bar Torino, Adelaide
Clever Little Tailor, Adelaide
East End Cellars, Adelaide
Hellbound Wine Bar, Adelaide
La Buvette, Adelaide
Mother Vine, Adelaide
The Summertown Aristologist, Summertown

Western Australia
Bille H, Claremont
Budburst Small Bar, Mount Hawthorn
Il Lido, Cottesloe
Lalla Rookh, Perth
Petition Wine Bar & Merchant, Perth
Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River

BlackBird Bar & Grill, Brisbane
Cru Bar and Cellar, Fortitude Valley
Gauge, South Brisbane
Gerard's Bistro, Fortitude Valley
La Lune Wine Co, South Brisbane

Ettie’s Bar & Bottleshop, Hobart
Franklin, Hobart
Institut Polaire, Hobart
Willing Bros. Wine Merchants, North Hobart

Aubergine, Griffith
Bar Rochford, Canberra
XO, Narrabundah

Northern Territory
Stone House, Darwin

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