Sure, we’ve all had our fair share of ‘the house wine’ in our day – but like wearing matching socks or underwear, nothing says ‘I’ve got my life together’ quite like enjoying a meal paired with the perfect wine. We’ve drank our way through some of Brisbane’s finest wine lists to bring you our favourites, you can thank us later.
Inspired by the great enoteche (wine repositories) of Italy, 1889 Enoteca is renowned for Italian wines. With a strong focus on natural and rare drops, the team want you to know and love their wines like they do. With regular wine tastings and dinners, and a dedicated wine cellar – 1889 Enoteca caters from the sommelier to the wine novice. They also supply to some of Brisbane’s top restaurants, and their wine list changes monthly so it’s completely acceptable to be a repeat offender.
It’s unsurprising that Aria is on the top of our list considering it won wine list of the year for just, you know, the entirety of Australia, so we guess it’s okay (it’s amazing). The wine list includes varietals from the Hunter Valley to Rheims, plus local wines from the Granite Belt. The list perfectly complements the premium seafood and seasonal produce, mixing classic and modern techniques for dishes including yellow fin tuna with miso and roast duck with red cabbage, rhubarb and pecan.
The brightly lid, French-bistro-cum-NYC-loft inspired wine bar and café features 110 bottles on display (that’s a wall covering we can get around!) and even more in their extensive cellar. With a focus on small-batch Australian producers, Greenglass is all about challenging the status quo – and with affordable wines, you don’t have to be a millionaire to have great taste.
La Lune | South Brisbane
Tucked away on Fish Lane (almost too close to our office!) is the super chic and impossibly stylish La Lune. The venue is known for its impressive selection of raw dishes including golden squash carpaccio, blood orange and mozzarella, and ceviche with passionfruit and radish and larger plates of pork collar, pea, jamon and chestnut, but its famous for its extensive wine range. Utilising the Coravin Wine system, La Lune is able to offer the entirety of its impressive wine collection by the glass – including rare and aged vintages. Specialising in Australian and French varietals we recommend stopping by for a glass…or four with your perfectly cooked wagyu.
As the Queensland home of Dom Perignon, it’s unsurprising that Bacchus is one of Brisbane’s most luxurious dining experiences. Whether you’re dining a la carte and drooling over plates of Ora king salmon or Milly Hill lamb, or smashing through a seven-course degustation – the life changing wine list has a glass (or bottle) for every mouth-watering dish. Somewhere you can be guaranteed to get a great house wine, Bacchus has its own blend from the Kaesler vineyard in the Barossa Valley.
Happy Boy | Fortitude Valley
A far cry from your suburban Chinese restaurant, Happy Boy has made a name for itself for fresh, authentic Chinese cuisine – and killer wine selection. Exclusively stocking Australian wines, with an emphasis on boutique producers, the glass list always includes a unique varietal – whether it’s a sparkling or a skin contact (orange/amber) wine. Varieties are selected to compliment the spicy dishes, like eggplant with roast pork belly and fish drowned in Sichuan chilli broth. You can be guaranteed to leave Happy Boy feeling exactly that.
For all things boutique, and never bogan, stick with us and you’ll sip your way through Brisbane’s finest.
Words by Emma Callaghan