Monday 10 December 2012


ONE of our many suggestions
for a bubbly Christmas.
David Ellis

WITH millions of bubbles set to burst over the coming Festive Season, here are a few ideas as to what's available in genuine Champagnes and value Aussie red and white bubblies within the range of all budgets.

Starting with the cheapest under $10, our list goes through to the best-of-the-best that we've tasted and enjoyed during 2012 and would welcome to our table this Christmas.

UNDER $10: Banrock Station Sparkling White Shiraz $7.47; Angas Brut Cuvee $7.77.

$10-$15: Hardys Notage Hill Pinot Noir Chardonnay $10.99.

$15-$25: Blue Pyrenees NV Sparkling Shiraz $24; Yarra Burn Premium Cuvee Brut $20 and their Premium Cuvee Rosé $20; Dumont Prestige Cuvee Australia $20.

$25-$30: Campbells NV Sparkling Shiraz $30;Yarra Burn Pinot Meunier 2007 $30.

$30-$35: Logan Vintage 'M' Cuvee 2009 $35.

$35-$40: Chandon Vintage Brut 2009, Chandon Blanc de Blancs 2009 and Chandon

Vintage Brut Rosé each $39.95
IDEAL for the stocking for the wine
enthusiast or budding novice.

$0-$45: NV Champagne Duperrey Cru Brut $44.99.

$100-$150: Champagne Taittinger Brut Millesime 2004 $150.

Sky's The Limit: Dom Perignon Vintage Rosé 2000 $630.

A GREAT GIFT IDEA both for the wine enthusiast and the budding novice this Christmas is Jeremy Oliver's 16th edition of the Australian Wine Annual (2013.)

A qualified winemaker in his own right, this is Jeremy's 24th book about wine and is crammed with over 1400 tasting notes on current releases, 14,000 ratings of back vintages, details of over 300 Australian wines and wineries, and thoughts on what will be "hot" on the wine scene in 2013. It's a great guide for getting the most out of your wine purchases in the coming year at just $29.95 from good book stores and select fine wine outlets and cellar doors.

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