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Harbourside Bar & Kitchen, QLD takes out Best Sake List

01 Dec 2020

In the categories inaugural year, Best Sake List was awarded to the regional star of Cairns, Harbourside Bar & Kitchen.

Harbourside Bar & Kitchen, Carins, QLD


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With unsurpassed spectacular views of the Coral Sea, real Cairns Cuisine showcasing local produce, an extensive Natural Wine list, and a friendly team who always offer heartfelt welcoming service, HB&K provides the perfect place to eat, drink and enjoy the stunning daytime and moonlit panoramas.
Best Sake List – sponsored by, Deja vu Wine Co, Sake can fit all the different stages of the meal, and good lists will have varied styles such as sparkling, low and high polishing rates, kimoto and yamahai methods, unpasteurised (nama), cloudy (nigori), alcohol-added, flavoured (umeshu, yuzushu etc) and aged (koshu). Different size formats, guidance on what to expect, and a spread of familiar and little-known brands all add to the appeal.


Judges comments: This is quite a remarkable wine list with a near total dedication to natural wine, though the spectrum under that banner will have you drinking from Bindi wines of Macedon Ranges to Chateau le Puy of Bordeaux and through to distinct wines of Jura, wonderfully chosen obscurities from Savoie, brilliant Friulian winemakers and Austrian cult producers. There’s deep collections of Australian back vintage wine, horizontal selections of distinguished producers of Europe and a set of homage pages at the end of this lengthy menu that revel in cellared wines from Castagna, Domaine de la Romanee Conti and Giaconda. While the list touts itself as natural-focussed, those seeking the fine-wine paradigms and prestigious Burgundy, Champagne and Bordeaux wines that adorn all great wine lists, well, you’re also very well catered for here. Outstanding selection, and one that surely is the prized jewel of northern Queensland.

Harbourside Bar & Kitchen overview:

Cuisine: Tropical Interpretations of World Food

Sommelier/s: Chris Ford

Number of Wines: 940

Wines by the Glass: 26

Wine Price: $$

Address: Holiday Inn Cairns, 209-217 The Esplanade Cairns QLD 4879

Phone: 07 4080 3000


Award Sponsor:
Deja vu Wine Co: Deja vu Wine Co is focused on being relevant for our customers and finding new products and conversations to have with them. In July 2012 we started our journey introducing Japanese Sake into the wine world by importing directly some of the finest sake in Japan, and it is exciting to see the interest now being shown in this category.


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Mitchell Wines

The Mitchell family have been growing grapes and hand crafting wines in the Clare Valley since 1949. Three generations of wine enthusiasts, who remain dedicated to sustainable, dry grown vineyard practices and a low intervention wine making style. Producing wines of generosity and sense of place.




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