13 2017 Pewsey Vale Prima Eden Valley Riesling, South Australia, $28
Low alcohol, high acid, off-dry and refreshing in style, this is the ideal wine to take to someone’s house as a pre-dinner drink. It's high in quality from a fantastic winemaker, and something you can easily find.
14. 2017 North Run Fleur Harcourt Rosé, Victoria, $27
This rosé is made from 100 per cent shiraz
– a change from the popular Provence style. It still has a fresh, vibrant prettiness and the colour is correct, so it’s a good one to show people for something different.
15. NV JM Seleque Solessence 7 Villages Pierre Champagne, France, $80
A blend of chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir. It’s a fresh, crisp, dry, flinty, aperitif style perfect for summer.
16. 2016 Burn Cottage Central Otago Riesling Gruner Veltliner, New Zealand, $50 I’d share this with my family because we tend to bring each other surprising styles. This 52/48 riesling-gruner blend has lime, ginger, peach and herbal qualities. It’s intriguing and will spark conversation.
17. 2017 Keller Limestone Kabinett Rheinhessen Riesling, Germany, $65
This is a riesling for a long lunch or special event. Keller makes some of the most coveted rieslings from the Rheinhessen, and this one is only made in exceptional years. It’s full of white blossom, citrus, mineral and flint, and balances acidity and sweetness.
18. 2017 Golden Grove Estate Granite Belt Vermentino, Queensland, $26
Vermentino is lean, dry and fresh, with lemon pith, zest and zippy acidity, and this wine nails all of that. It’s been scooping up awards at wine shows, and proves Queensland is making some exciting stuff.
19. 2017 Sebastian Brunet Renaissance Loire Valley Vouvray Sec, France, $42
People don’t typically grab Vouvray off the shelves unless they’ve tried it before. It’s a wine to have with dinner as it demands food – it would be great with turkey. Made using fruit from 40-year-old vines, it’s a relatively fresh expression of chenin blanc: a rare find.
20. 2016 La Chantemerle Yonne Chablis AC, France, $45
I’d love to be given this wine. It’s one of the more exotic styles of Chablis, with peach and melon characters, so for those who enjoy richer chardonnay – think top producers from Margaret River – it’s a nice alternative.
21. 2016 Tolpuddle Coal River Valley
Pinot Noir, Tasmania, $79
A highly perfumed and savoury style, with beautiful firm tannins that will see it age well: a gift any wine connoisseur will love.
22. 2016 I Fabbri Lamole Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, $60
Take this wine to events, especially if they include groups of people who like pinot or heavier-set reds. It’s the freshest sangiovese around, with cherry blossoms, beautiful fruit and lovely tannins. It can pair with everything from pasta to prosciutto Samantha Connew, and barbecued meat, and you can pop Stargazer. it in the fridge and drink it at around 16°C.