Aureole by Charlie Palmer (Midtown West)

There are well over 20 Aussie wines on Aureole’s winelist, which is a wireless, internet-based device that allows diners to view wines by vintage, price or varietal. There’s quite a price range, from the late $20s up to over $600. The cheaper wines are exactly that. Top of the line is the Penfolds Grange range. …

Betel (West Village)

You don’t need to fly Down Under to win an Australian dining experience in New York – you can do it by stepping through the door at Betel. Spicy and creative Asian flavors abound, matched by a good wine list. “Asian-fusion” is one way of describing modern Australian fare – an appealing mix of spices, …

Brooklyn Winery (Brooklyn – Williamsburg)

Just off Bedford St lies this new establishment that makes its own wine, as well as selling other people’s. There’s a bar and restaurant with a small courtyard in front of the vintner’s cave. Wine tastings and courses are offered aplenty. Sitting out in the courtyard with a glass of wine and some cheese is …

Co. (Chelsea)

Co’s wine list is entirely screw-cap. Don’t be offended, this is a good thing as it ensures quick service and dramatically reduces the chances of getting a corked (=off) bottle. There are three Aussie options, but why not try the Mother’s Milk shiraz from First Drop Wines. This vineyard is owned and run by two …

Corkbuzz (Union Square)

Corkbuzz is a trendy new “wine studio” that opened in November 2011 under the direction of Laura Maniec, the world’s youngest female Master Sommelier. The glass list changes regularly, the staff are vibrant and knowledgable (Morgan, the sommelier, is a big fan of Aussie wine) and the wines are delicious. Classes and special events are a feature, …

Gramercy Tavern (Gramercy)

The Aussie selection at Gramercy Tavern starts at a higher price point ($60 is the cheapest), though this isn’t necessarily a problem considering their selection. They do have a number of highly rated wines on their list without egregiously assaulting your wallet. Let’s start with the Grosset Polish Hill Riesling (2008). Grosset produces two single-vineyard rieslings …

Hearth (East Village)

Hearth has an enormous wine list replete with all sorts of delights. There are explanations and musings on types of wine, along with everything from sake to sangiovese. You could spend much of your meal reading it! For example, the enormous Riesling section begins with the well stated warning that “Riesling is not an inherently sweet …

Kingswood (West Village)

Popular Kingswood restaurant and bar aims to provide a contemporary take on classic Sydney pub fare. Not surprisingly, their wine list has plenty of down-under vino, and prices are pretty reasonable too (ie, many within the $40-60 range). For summer, go for their by-the-glass Route du Van Dolcetto-Shiraz 2010. This is the second label of …

Monument Lane (West Village)

Monument Lane opened in April 2011, so is a relative newcomer to the Village. Its American wood-panelled interior is quaint and homely, and the big windows will be great in winter when you want to feel cosy inside yet still stare at passers by. The wine list is a manageable length (one page, double sided) …

Whitehall (West Village)

December 2011’s new addition to the West Village. Trendy Whitehall is progeny of the creators of Highlands (around the corner) and Mary Queen of Scots on the LES. The food is British, but the winelist is extraordinarily Australian. So much so that it’s hard to believe their NYT review failed to mention it, instead listing …