Here’s cheers:

Som­me­lier Chris Mor­ri­son of­fers up his picks of the best wines for $20 or less. Just in time to get into the spirit of the fes­tive sea­son.

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SPARKLING

1. Dal Zotto Pu­cino Prosecco NV, King Val­ley, Vic, $20 Prosecco, the fruity, fun and in­vig­o­rat­ing sparkling wine that orig­i­nated in Italy's north-east, has in­spired a wave of sim­i­larly styled wines in Aus­tralia. The Dal Zotto fam­ily's Pu­cino prosecco is a cracker, with a blast of pear and le­mony re­fresh­ment laced with the sig­na­ture cool-cli­mate acid­ity of the King Val­ley. 2. In­no­cent By­stander Sparkling Moscato NV, Yarra Val­ley, $20 A sweet, per­fumed sparkling wine that still re­tains the nec­es­sary re­fresh­ment to be a great op­tion on those sti­fling hot days to come this sum­mer. Break the rules here a lit­tle and serve this over loads of ice and with red and blue berry fruits. 3. Tal­tarni Brut Tache Sparkling Rosé 2013, Tas, S20 With bright red-berry fruits and a creamy mouth-fill­ing tex­ture, this rosé show­cases the near-un­lim­ited po­ten­tial of Tas­ma­nia's sparkling wines. It punches well above its weight di­vi­sion in flavour con­cen­tra­tion, but still re­tains a fun, fizzy mouth­feel.

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4. Corte Giara Pinot Gri­gio 2017, Delle Venezie, $19 With its cool cli­mate and al­most sub­alpine po­si­tion, the re­gion of Venizia is well known for pro­duc­ing wiry, light-framed white wines made from pinot gri­gio. Its cit­rus-in­fused flavours, low al­co­hol and tongue-tin­gling acid­ity make it the per­fect aper­i­tivo wine. 5. De­bussy 'Rev­erie' Chardon­nay 2016, Langue­doc-Rous­sil­lon, $18 A chardon­nay that cel­e­brates the mar­riage of fresh­ness, fruit flavour and well-judged oak. A palate with more curves than edges, its peachy, rock­melon flavours and toasty oak cre­ate a wine that blends the pu­rity and fresh­ness of France with the rich­ness and gen­eros­ity of Aus­tralia. 6. De !urns Semil­ion, Hunter Val­ley 2010, NSW, $20 When you talk about the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the Hunter Val­ley, Michael De luliis is part of a new gen­er­a­tion of the re­gion's wine­mak­ers blend­ing the past and the fu­ture and who now have both hands

firmly on the wheel. You can see it in his new sémil­lon re­lease – steely frame, pitch-per­fect flavour con­cen­tra­tion and ut­terly smash­able.

7. Jim Barry Water­vale Ries­ling 2018, SA, $16

With a name that goes with ries­ling like fish goes with chips, Jim Barry wines has pro­duced an­other clas­sic from the Water­vale sub­re­gion in South Aus­tralia’s Clare Val­ley. This ver­sion is loaded with pierc­ing lemon and sweet-cit­rus flavours and bound by a mouth-wa­ter­ing acid­ity. It’s the wine oys­ters were made for.

8. Monte Tondo Mito Soave 2017, Veneto, $17

Soave is a district in Italy’s north-eastern Veneto re­gion whose dry white wines eas­ily win the award for most im­proved Ital­ian wine. What were once dull, brassy coloured and life­less wines are now fresh-flavoured, mouth-fill­ing and vi­brant. This hits a home run with grilled white fish.

9. Tah­bilk Marsanne 2017, Goul­burn Val­ley, Vic, $14

De­spite hav­ing a long and revered his­tory as a lead­ing Aus­tralian win­ery it still feels like the white wines of Chateau Tah­bilk re­main one of Aus­tralia’s se­cret wine trea­sures. This is a beauty, with le­mony, honey-edged flavours that build into beau­ti­fully pro­por­tioned mid-weight white wine.

ROSÉ 10. Free­man ‘Rondo’ Rosé 2017, Hill­tops, NSW, $20

Made from rondinella, one of the key red grape va­ri­eties used in the red wine

“NEVER BE­FORE HAS THERE BEEN A MORE DI­VERSE AR­RAY OF WINES OF SUCH HIGH QUAL­ITY AT THESE PRICES.”

of Italy’s Veneto re­gion, this is a rosé that of­fers eye-catch­ing colour and thirst-quench­ing flavours of red berry fruit. Sub­stan­tial enough to match up with cured meats and paella.

11. Le Fou ‘The Mad­man’ Rosé 2017, Val­lée de l’Aude, $20

At the top of your sum­mer wine shop­ping list should be the dry rosé’s of France, in par­tic­u­lar the south­ern re­gions that hug the Mediter­ranean coast. Pale, bone-dry with a tongue-tin­gling fresh­ness, Le Fou is per­fect with the ca­sual food served at bar­be­cues or pic­nics.

12. The Pawn ‘El Des­per­ado’ Rosé 2017, Ade­laide Hills, $20

Po­tent and per­fumed, El Des­per­ado is a rosé with lay­ers of flavour and tex­ture that slowly re­veal them­selves with time in the glass. Aro­mas of wild red-berry fruits, rose­wa­ter and musk open for a palate packed with flavour and the slight­est touch of dry­ing tan­nin. Su­perb. For more on drinks of the mo­ment head to de­li­cious.com.au.

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