Tasting Australian Natural Wines is Sydney

I am so jetlagged. It’s been three days here in Sydney, half way through our stay in the biggest city of Australia, and I am having issues sleeping when I am supposed to be sleeping. But I guess it’s true what they say that it takes about a week to really get used to the time difference. The positive thing is that I have been awake in the evenings, so we have had the chance to enjoy the city’s wine bars. As usual, we come well prepared due to the extensive research conducted (solely) by M, and we have found awesome places. So as I am waiting for my brain to adjust, I will share with you some recommendations. I have focused mostly on Australian natural wines.

Love, Tilly Devine

This bar is located on a back street that looks more like an alley than a street with one of the coolest wine bars in town. The bar its self is small. We made a reservation for five pm, and that was perfect. We were the first guests to arrive, thus had a chance to choose our table and chat a bit with the sommelier. Undoubtedly, our focus during the trip has been on local wines, especially from Adelaide Hills, and the wine list had plenty of options.

What strikes me here is the number of different wines by the glass. I assume its because the rotate nicely. Perhaps the Aussies come around quite often for an afterwork or such. The wine bar also had a good menu, with an option of picking and mixing or a set menu with three courses, plus small snacks for 38 Australian Dollars. The food was good, but not the best I have had on this trip. However, it fitted the style of the wines, and the only reason I am a bit hesitant is that we just had some totally awesome food after. We have actually just had good food on this trip.

Poly

Poly is more of a Scandinavian style bar with an open kitchen. Many Australian wines by the glass from smaller local producers, such as Manon, Gentle Folk and Commune of Buttons. Ww browsed the list a little bit and made an observation, that many European wines are much more expensive here than at home (I bet its the duties), so it makes almost no sense to drink anything else than local products.

The food is medium sized plates, just like at home. The tartar and nettle flatbread were great and the black pudding downright amazing. Also the cute waffle dessert with cookie ice cream and drunken pear will remain in fond memories for a long time.

WyNo

A small bar and wine shop with just one, long communal table, dim lighting and date-night vibes. Wyno is the hip pocket of restaurant Porteño. It has a longer wine list and its own menu, but as you walk through the kitchen to the toilets you discover that the “kitchen” is just a cover. All food is made in the kitchen of Porteño. Most of the seats here are for walk ins, so make sure to come early.

Both the service and the food was the best at Wyno (off all thee wine bars we have tried so far). A Wague beef seldom goes wrong, but the blood sausage with apple..oh my God! That was probably the best dish of the trip. The staff were also very knowledgeable and instructed us to taste some new wines. As we are on the first leg of our trip, we don’t dare fill our bags with bottles just yet, however, I could have imagined buying the whole store.

First three days – first three wine bars. And we are just in the beginning of our trip. Next week, we will have moved camp up north to Cairns, so lets see what we can find there for you.

xx Soile

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Love. Tilly, Devine – ladies at the bar. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
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Wine trio: white, orange and red. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
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Sparkling from Adelaide Hills with some burn popcorn at Poly. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
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Nettle flatbread with whipped sesamy at Poly. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
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Tartar with onion at Polu. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
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Black pudding with quail egg at Poly. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
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Potato dumplings at Polu. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
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Waffle with cookie ice cream and rum pear. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
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The bar at Wylo. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen
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Pineapple and coconut dessert t Wyno. Photo: Soile Vauhkonen

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