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Best sparkling wine brands you must try for Christmas


Australians have a soft spot for sparkling wines. This love for sparkling wines began in the mid 19th century during the gold rush period. It was then when a raging thirst for Champagne was shown by Australians which still remains insatiable. No wonder, why this mini-continent is now one of the top producers of sparkling wines. Have a look at some of the best sparkling wine brands that are worth trying on a Christmas dinner.


House of Arras, Tasmania

Australia’s most-awarded sparkling wine producer, House of Arras started its journey in 1988. House of Arras sparkling wines express their age and origin well for which they’ve won numerous awards and accolades. The winery was awarded ‘Best of the Best Sparkling’ for 6 of its wines. These beauties are House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2005 (97 Points), House of Arras 20th Anniversary Late Disgorged 1998 (97 Points), House of Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2003 (96 Points), House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2006 (96 Points), House of Arras Grand Vintage 2006 (96 Points), House of Arras Rose 2005 (96 Points).

Chandon Australia, Yarra Valley

Hailing from the grand Champagne house Moët & Chandon, Chandon Australia has its vineyards planted in the Yarra Valley region. Born in France and crafted in Australia, it is one of the best sparkling wine brands in the world. Here the magic of cool-climate grapes, decades of experience and time-honoured production techniques are combined to create méthode traditionnelle Australian sparkling wines. These wines are complex, expressive and reflect their origins. Brut Rose Methode Traditionelle NV and Vintage Brut Methode Traditionelle are two wines from this winery that will lift up the flavours of your Christmas dinner.

Seppelt, Great Western

When it comes to Australia’s unique wine style Sparkling Shiraz, there’s only one pioneer producing it the best – Seppelt. This 167-year-old winery has more experience in making this wine style than any winery in the world. Trophy and Gold Medal winner, Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz is a rich and sumptuous wine of glorious complexity that explodes on the palate with flavours of plum, savoury spice, chocolate and earth. All in all, It is a wine that has achieved an iconic status and countless accolades for its unparalleled taste.

These three are the best sparkling wine brands that we would suggest you must have on your Christmas table. These brands have the bubblies that will bring joys and smiles on everyone’s face around the table. Cheers!



Best Sweet Sparkling Wine to enjoy on Christmas Eve

The world of sparkling wine is huge. From dry and semi-dry sparkling wines to sweet sparkling wines, old world sparkling wines to new world sparkling wines, Pinot Noir to Moscato, there’s so much variety onboard. We can understand how difficult it is to choose one among so many options. But as far as Christmas Eve is concerned, sweet sparkling wines are the best and safer choice. And, there’s one wine that you can surely go blindfolded to kick-start Christmas dinner and bring a smile on everyone’s face. The talk is about the very famous and the best sweet sparkling wine Asti Spumante – the most popular imported sparkling wine of Australia.


Origins and Winemaking

This sweet sparkling Italian wine is produced throughout southeastern Piedmont in Italy, particularly focused around Asti and Alba towns. Crafted from the Moscato Bianco grape, this sparkling wine is sweet, low in alcohol and often served with dessert or as a dessert. The wine is made sparkling through a single tank fermentation using the Charmat method while the sweetness is retained through a complex filtration process.

Flavours and Serving Etiquette

Asti wines usually have very floral aromas on the bouquet while the palate offers peach flavours with enough acidity to balance out the wine’s sweetness. The wines are not sugary sweet like candy but fruity and musky evocating characters of ripe peaches and apricots. This lovely pale gold coloured wine tastes best when served very young, chilled (perfect for Australian Christmas) in a champagne flute style glass.

Best Asti Spumante

The famous brand producing best sweet sparkling wine is Riccadonna. A firm favourite of Australian sweet sparkling wine lovers, Riccadonna has been producing Asti wines in northern Italy since 1921. Riccadonna Asti Spumante is perfect sweet sparkling wine for all summer occasions. Boasting sweet fruit flavours with freshness, this wine is truly a palate pleaser even the most discerning connoisseur will not deny.

Best wines to enjoy in Spring 2018

Warmth of sun, blue skies, breezy days and greens everywhere, no doubts Spring is the most beautiful time of the year. This beautiful season and weather demands something pleasing to be enjoyed with your favourite sea foods (which will be now available in abundance). When those lovely flavours of fresh cheesy dishes roll within the mouth, they demand something elegant to pair along. Spring is the perfect time to drink lighter whites but that doesn’t have to dishearten red wine embracers. Here, we’ve compiled 10 best wines that you can enjoy in Spring 2018 with your fave dishes.


For Red Wine Lovers

Young Pinot Noir

Young Pinot Noir with bright and intense raspberry notes are perfect to enjoy with spring meals like salmon or tuna, seared duck breast and fresh red berries salad. Best examples of young Pinot Noirs come from Marlborough New Zealand.

Sparkling Shiraz

For upcoming festival get-togethers and party foods, there’s nothing better than Morris Sparkling Shiraz Durif Rutherglen. It will steal everyone’s heart in one go!

Light rose

Light rose wines are perfect to drink with barbeques, grilled tuna and a salad mixed with garlic mayo.


This is a must-try. Your favourite spring fruits can be clubbed in a Sangria. Here’s a quick Sangria recipe.

For White Wine Lovers

Pinot Grigio

The best wine to alongside antipasti, risottos and light seafood pastas is a Mornington Peninsula Pinot Grigio. This elegant minerally white also fits to fresh tomato-based pasta sauces.


Fruits like peaches and raspberries go well with a charming sparkling wine (preferably Prosecco) that’s softer and more rounded than Champagne. Tasmania wines are doing best in this genre.

Dry Riesling

The crisp, zesty and fresh flavours of a dry Riesling make it a perfect spring sip. Stick to Clare Valley for this style of Riesling when you’ve smoked dish, seafood salads, lightly-spiced Asian foods on the mind.

Sauvignon Blanc

An Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc will be your best pick if your dish contains goat’s cheese,  asparagus, or lots of herbs like coriander and dill.

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Not-to-aggressive Hunter Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc will be a great choice for delicate dishes like poached-in-chicken stock.

Gruner Veltliner

Every sommelier’s darling and less demanding than Riesling, Gruner Veltliner is a great accompaniment to light Asian dishes, Thai salads, noodles, and Vietnamese spring rolls.

Let the amazing flavours of these best wines enhance your spring vibes. Enjoy!

Best sparkling wine brands of Australia

House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Tasmania 2001
It has been voted the best sparkling wine of 2017 by many a wine shows in different cities of Australia. The flavour of this wine is generous and mouth-filling. Tannins have been managed skilfully which gives this wine a long after-taste.
House of Arras Blanc de Blancs, Tasmania 2001
This is another great Sparkling wine from the House of Arras in Tasmania. This is a bright yellow wine with medium full style. Smelling of hazelnut cream, toasted bread and egg custard, the wine is must have for good aromas and flavour. House of Arras seem to be kings of producing sparkling wines in Australia in 2017.
Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay, King Valley 2006
The hue of the wine is light-medium which is a shade of straw-gold. Deep palate with richness of rose petal and quince jelly nuances makes this wine must-have. The balance of fruit and aged characters, the acidity and the liquor makes it a very balanced wine.
Deviation Road Loftia Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2011
This is a wine of light but bright hue, gives out the aroma of a lemon. The palate is delicate and refined and persists well. This is a relatively young wine of 2011 vintage.
Macedon Ridge Blanc de Blanc, Macedon Ranges 2010
This is again a young wine and bears characteristics of a barrel-aged wine. The wine has mouthy feel and good flavour. The balance of the wine is excellent and leaves a long aftertaste.
Besides, certain other wine brands have also done very well in the year 2017. These wines have also won many awards and are rated highly. These are:
House of Arras Brut Elite Cuvee 601 Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Tasmania NV
Deviation Road Beltana Blanc de Blancs, Adelaide Hills 2008,
Printhie Swift Cuvee Brut, Orange NV, $40
Stonier Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula 2009
Chandon Australia Vintage Brut Methode Traditionelle 2010

Best White Wines under $30 to try in 2018

There’s something so fascinating about white wines that one just can’t have enough of them. Every white wine variety has an amazing list of distinctive flavours and aromas, and when grown in different terroirs, they develop unique characteristics too. Perfect for every season, be it warm sunny days of summer or rainy weather, falling leaves or cold winters, white wines are great companions for a variety of dishes.


Here, we’ve collected some of the best white wines under $30 for 2018 that you can enjoy with your favourite meals or simply as aperitifs.

  1. Xanadu DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 Margaret River
  2. Ulupna Single Vineyard Domain Chardonnay 2015 Goulburn Valley
  3. Babich Winemakers’ Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
  4. Richmond Plains Chardonnay 2015 Nelson
  5. Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough
  6. Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Gris 2016 Marlborough
  7. Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough
  8. Snake + Herring High + Dry Riesling 2014 Great Southern
  9. Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough
  10. Courabyra Chardonnay 2012 Tumbarumba

All of these wines featured above have either won Trophy, or have been awarded Gold, with some being awarded more than 90 points. You can buy these Aussie and Kiwi wines online at Just Wines. Just Wines is one of the greatest online platforms to buy finest range of wines from Australia and New Zealand.

The website offers two wine subscription plans – Trophy Club and VIP Membership. Though running on different terminologies, both subscriptions offer free shipping, secret discounts and various different benefits to their respective members. Where Trophy Club is a free membership plan, VIP is a paid one. Try any one of these plans to buy wines with huge discounts. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur who loves trying new wines, a beginner who want to have all different wine varieties in one pack, or someone looking for a nice gift for a wine lover, these easy-go membership plans serve all purposes. Rest assured on quality, only the best wines go on membership plans, you won’t be disappointed!

Don’t forget to try these best white wines under $30 in 2018. Cheers!

Best White Wines under $20 to try in 2018

If you were looking around for best white wines under $20 to try in 2018, then this is where your search ends. Wine experts from Just Wines have compiled a list of some mouth-watering and crisp whites to be enjoyed within range of $10 to $20. Collected from a wide range of different white grape varieties, these whites come from esteemed wine regions where their fruit are best grown. From delicious Chardonnay to world-famous Aussie Rieslings, this collection features the best of 2018 Australian and New Zealand whites that you should not miss at all.


  1. Bimbadgen Verdelho 2018 Hunter Valley ($228 / 12-pack, $19 / bottle)
  2. McPherson La Vue Pinot Gris 2018 Victoria ($174.60 / 12-pack, $14.55 / bottle)
  3. d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Riesling 2018 McLaren Vale ($144 / 12-pack, $12 / bottle)
  4. Blue Pyrenees Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Pyrenees ($111.30 / 12-pack, $18.55 / bottle)
  5. Berton Vineyards Metal Classic Chardonnay 2018 South Australia ($144 / 12-pack, $12 / bottle)
  6. Schild Estate Family Estate Unwooded Chardonnay 2018 Barossa Valley ($203.88 / 12-pack, $16.99 / bottle)
  7. Mister Fox Chardonnay 2018 Central Victoria ($155.88 / 12-pack, $12.99 / bottle)
  8. Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough – 6 Pack ($116.70 / 12-pack, $19.45 / bottle)
  9. Maxwell Little Demon Verdelho 2018 McLaren Vale ($216 / 12-pack, $18 / bottle)
  10. Berton Vineyards Metal The Vermentino 2018 South Eastern Australia ($144 / 12-pack, $12 / bottle)

Made to be enjoyed young and fresh in all seasons, these 2018 vintages will taste best with your favourite white meats and white sauce pasta dishes. You can also try them with cheeses suited to the respected varieties.

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So, what are you waiting for? Try any of these Best White Wines under $20  in 2018 and enhance your palate. Grace up your cellar now! Don’t forget to post a review on the wine you purchased. This might help someone to Do let us know which wine you liked the most.

Best White Wines You Should Have for Winter 2018

Winters have just approached the Australian shores. Is your cellar ready with some elegant and enjoyable white wines? Yes, white wines! For years and years, it has been said that red wines are great for winters. Agreed! But which wine will you have with your favourite seafood (that’s white), which is available in abundance in winters? So, you got our point, right? White meats taste best when paired with white wines. Just Wines brings you a listing of some best white wines for winter 2018 that have been highly reviewed in the current and past year. Varying from prices under $10 to over $50, these white wines hail from various wineries and wine brands of Australia, and make up as great pairs with winter foods.


Under $10

  • Beach Hut Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Mudgee
  • Robert Oatley Chain of Fire Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 Western Australia
  • Angove Long Row Moscato 2017 South Australia
  • De Bortoli Sheep Shape Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Riverina
  • Angove Long Row Sauvignon Blanc 2017 South Australia

Under $20

  • Berton Vineyards Metal The Vermentino 2018 South Eastern Australia
  • Robert Oatley Fiore Moscato 2017 Mudgee
  • After Hours 9 to 5 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Margaret River
  • Take It To The Grave Pinot Grigio 2017 Tumbarumba
  • Mcguigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2017 New South Wales

Under $30

  • Te Mata Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Hawke’s Bay
  • Sticks Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Yarra Valley
  • Yallingup Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Western Australia
  • Paddy Borthwick Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Wairarapa
  • Nocton Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2017 Tasmania

Under $50

  • Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2017 Adelaide Hills
  • Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 Margaret River
  • Pierro LTC Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Margaret River
  • Tyrrells Winemakers Selection Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon 2017 Hunter Valley
  • Bay of Fires Pinot Gris 2017 Tasmania

Over $50

  • Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2017 Clare Valley
  • Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Yarra Valley
  • L.A.S. Vino Chardonnay 2017 Margaret River
  • Vasse Felix Icon Heytesbury Chardonnay 2016 Margaret River
  • Holm Oak The Wizard Chardonnay 2016 Tasmania

Try these best white wines for winter 2018 and let us know which wine you like(d) the most. You can also try the mixed white wine packs for a palate of different flavours. Don’t forget to subscribe to Trophy Club to fetch these or any of your favourite delicious and crispy whites with extra discount and free shipping.