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BEST PLACES TO DRINK WINE:
QUEENSLAND

SNACK MAN, BRISBANE

Biànca

46 James St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
biancarestaurant.com.au

Go for: the list with more than 350 wines to choose from

Biànca says its focus is on perfecting simple classic Italian dishes while honouring fresh produce and seasonality – and it delivers in spades. It’s bustling, it’s busy, with cocktails and wines being poured by the second and a beautiful wood-fired oven brightly burning in the corner as it churns out an array of perfectly cooked charred dishes. Think delightful crunchy breads with gooey handmade cheeses. The freshly made pastas are cooked to perfection and inexpensive. The wine list has a predominate focus on the regions of Italy, including sought-after makers Eugenio Rossi, Daniele Piccinin, Giacomo Boveri, Fabio Gea and Federico Orsi. This is the hottest Italian in Brisbane right now. Ask for sommelier Millie Gosney, her love and knowledge of Italian wine is infectious.  
JOSH MARTIN

Honour Avenue Cellars

6/335 Honour Ave, Graceville, Brisbane
honouravecellars.com.au

Go for: the decadent foie gras waffle with the Succés Trepat from Conca De BarberÀ

Chris Siktars is running one of the best small wine bars in the country. Stepping off the main street in Graceville, Brisbane, and into Honour Avenue Cellars you’ll find a quaint square room with a 12-seat wooden table surrounded by shelves of wine bottles from around the world. Use of Coravin allows a wide variety of drops to be poured by the glass, ranging from French classics to lesser-known varieties from Hungary, Slovenia and Georgia. Brownie points for the strong focus on Queensland wine as well. The delicious and well-priced food menu – inspired by Siktars’ many years as a top chef – includes house-churned butter and homemade pasta.  JOSH MARTIN

Snack Man

East St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
snack-man.com

Go for: rare wines from Lino Maga, Pierre Overnoy and Jules Desjourney – to name a few

Owner and wine guru Cam Votan is behind one of the most innovative bars in Brisbane. With no real wine list and nine glasses written up on the wall daily, you can come in each day and find new wines to try. A lot of effort goes into sourcing small production and rare wines you can’t find elsewhere, which makes this a regular destination for local oenophiles. The menu focuses on dishes inspired by regions right across China. Expect pan-fried pie, meatballs from the north and Macanese custard tart. Votan is on hand to guide patrons on the best wine matches for dishes that have an array of flavours from sweet to umami and everything in between. No need to book, just walk in to drink and snack.  JOSH MARTIN

YoYo Bar & Restaurant

249 Gympie Tce, Noosaville
yoyobarnoosa.com

Go for: eclectic wines coupled with top European fare

When you manage to peel yourself away from Noosa’s pristine beaches and charming Hastings Street, then YoYo’s ode to Basque-style cooking and its multilayered and inspired drinks list are the spoils. Wines are a mix of contemporary European classics and Australian masters with an impressive breadth of styles and nuances. Oddball or not, the ‘Weird and Wonderful White Varieties’ selection is where the list shines, be it txakoli from Northern Spain or petit manseng from New England. Whatever you choose, be sure to have a full glass and a seat on their verandah as the afternoon’s last light ebbs through the nearby Black Mountain hinterland range. Paradise found.  ALEX MITCHESON

La Lune Wine Co

3/109 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
lalunewineco.com.au

Go for: back vintages from Domaine Dujac

As you stroll down Fish Lane’s bustling restaurant strip, about halfway along you’ll find one of its finest establishments under a bright yellow awning proudly announcing,  La Lune Wine Co. This stylish European-inspired wine room is built around an L-shaped bar made from recycled silky oak with a zinc benchtop. There is seating for formal dining, with bar tables and stools scattered around to invite informal drinking and snacking. The wine list is heavily weighted to European wine and Burgundy, with new drops written up each day in chalk on white tiles behind the bar. The cuisine follows suit with the Euro focus, along with Aussie twists like Kangaroo tartare.  JOSH MARTIN

CORBIN'S

2/34 Duporth Ave, Maroochydore
corbins.com.au

Go for: sprightly ambience and wine offering of depth

If you find yourself on the Sunshine Coast with a hankering for modern Asian bites paired with an honest and complementary wine list, then this eatery is the call Queensland wants you to hear. Maroochydore’s year-round warm climate cries out for al fresco dining, and Corbin’s effortlessly makes its leafy location the opportune spot to enjoy a glass of vino — right through the afternoon. Wines are predominately Australian with a youthful and zesty slant yet still manage to adeptly cater for the majority of tastes. The slew of gorgeous dishes — driven by spice and umami flavours — offer many a chance to enthral your tastebuds with a faultless match of food and drink. ALEX MITCHESON

photography By Cieran Murphy and Rob Bryne, and Courtesy of Honour Avenue Cellars, Snack Man, La Lune AND CORBIN'S.