The Just Wines Tasting Panel

The Just Wines Tasting Panel is an exciting blend of wine professionals and wine enthusiasts. The Tasting Panel’s job is to bring you the very best wines at the very best prices, combining industry experience with insights into what real people are drinking. So whether you want the best wine for a Wednesday evening lasagna, a Saturday afternoon BBQ or an evening of fine dining, the Just Wines Tasting Panel will have the perfect recommendation. Because at Just Wines, we’re all about wines for the majority, not the glass swirling minority.

Why Just Wines Tasting Panel?

Because, simply, we want our customers to enjoy their Just Wines purchases. That’s why our tasting panel tries every single wine that we sell, ensuring quality that will leave you wanting more. Because when you want more, you’ll buy from us again. And when that happens, we all win. You, because you get great wines at unbeatable prices. And us, because you spend your wine purchasing dollars with us. That’s why we only suggest wines that the panel would be more than happy to drink themselves, whether that’s as a mid-week tipple or for a very special occasion. However, if you for any reason don’t like a wine (everyone's tastes are different, after all), you can relax, safe in the knowledge that we offer a full 100% Money back guarantee. If ever you feel the need to make use of that guarantee, please let us know. Your feedback is extremely important to us and also helps us curate future wines.

Cellar Director

We’re very excited to introduce Mark Pollard, a veteran of the Australian wine industry with over 25 years of experience, as the first Cellar Director at Just Wines. Having worked in the Product Supply side of the industry for most of his career, Mark has a consummate knowledge of the best producers in Australia, and looks forward to showing you their amazing products. He is a self-confessed wine nut who loves nothing more than introducing people to their new favourite wine.


How is Wine Assessment done at Just Wines?

At Just Wines, it’s not ‘the blind leading the blind’. You see, we don’t assess wines “blind”, the way most other tasting panels do, where the label is covered and the wine assessed solely on taste, sight, smell.

Why don’t we do it that way? Simply because that’s not how people drink wine. In fact, having been on countless other tasting panels, we can attest that it’s not even how the people on those tasting panels drink wine when they’re not on the tasting panel!

That’s because the label plays a big role in how people approach a wine. Is it a new vintage of an old favourite? Is it a wine from an exciting new producer they’ve heard a lot about? A new variety they’re excited to try? Whichever, it all plays a part in how every day wine lovers perceive a wine, so that’s exactly how our tasting panel conducts our assessment.

The result is that all the wines we offer are wines that, first and foremost, are wines we like to drink.
They’re wines that offer far more than what they sell for.

And they’re wines that we think you’ll thoroughly enjoy drinking.

Because at Just Wines, it’s not the blind leading the blind. It’s wine experts and enthusiasts, inviting you to join us on a tasting journey.

Every now and then, the JW Tasting Panel comes across certain wines that really shine. They over deliver in a certain aspect, be it:


Value Pick

Wines that stand out, not just because they are irresistible, but because we’ve been able to get them at an incredible deal.


Panel Pick

An eclectic mix of palates and personalities means it's rare to find a unanimous pick among the panel. When it happens – grab it.


Director Pick

Our Cellar Director loves to find hidden gems that he thinks deserve the spotlight. When he finds a drop that especially stands out, it becomes a CD selection.

This month's panel selections

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