Wirra Wirra 2016 Mrs Wigley Moscato
Fragrant and fizzy, delicate and delicious, this moscato is unashamedly sweet but is a real crowd pleaser when served chilled at just about any time of the day, particularly with brunch.
Think floral aromas, vibrant frontignac fruit and crisp freshness.
This comes in a cute 500ml bottle sealed with a crown seal to ensure freshness and vibrancy.
This is just as good with scrambled eggs as it is as a pre-dinner palate sharpener. $18.
L’Eglise St Martin NV Blanquette de Limoux
The good people of Champagne do not like to be reminded of it, but they were making quality sparkling wines in the Languedoc town of Limoux back in 1531, well before Dom Perignon got in on the act.
The region surrounding the town still produces some excellent bubblies – and without the price tag that Champagne demands.
This comes from the ever-expanding wine stable of Jean-Claude Mas, known as the Arrogant Frog, and offers delightful fresh apple and pear notes and zingy acid.
Excellent value at Dan Murphy’s. $16-18
The real deal
Champagne Lanson NV Black Label Brut
Christmas and New Year celebrations demand a glass or two of real Champagne if the budget permits – and Lanson, who have been in the Champagne game since 1760 – is one the most reliable, and affordable, labels around.
There is a suggested price of $68, but you can often find it for a lot less ($42 at Dan’s) if you shop around.
This is one of the more elegant bubblies around, delicate in structure and equally enjoyable as an aperitif, or with food. Perfect for a toast. $50.
Winsor Dobbin, www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com