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It’s that special time of the year when you want everything to be perfect. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you match the perfect wine to your festive feast. Whether you’re having turkey and all the trimmings or a seafood spread, pick one of our suggested wines and you can’t go wrong!

 

What to drink with Roast Turkey?

The biggest mistake you can make when matching a wine with Turkey, is to forget how strong the flavour of the meat actually is. Many times I have matched a lighter Chardonnay or Pinot Noir and found it blown away by the succulence and strength of flavour of the Turkey.

A classic match would be shiraz, but these full-bodied, oaked Chardonnays would work well too. Plus there’s no better time of the year to crack a bottle of Sparkling Shiraz:

Hughes and Hughes Chardonnay 2018

Mewstone Chardonnay 2016

Bests Sparkling Shiraz 2016

Ashton Hills Sparkling Shiraz 2013

John Duval Plexus GSM 2017

Chateau Pato Hunter Valley OPV Shiraz 2014

 

What to drink with Glazed Ham?

Glazed ham can be served with either red or white wines. The whites are best if there is some sweetness. The reds, juicy and fruit driven, but not with too much acidity or tannin. These will complement the sweetness of the ham glaze.

JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2016

Francois Chidaine Vin de France Le Chenin D’Ailleurs 2016

JCs Own Bluebird Grenache 2018

Verdier Logel Cotes du Forez Volcanique 2018

Tyrrells Mothers Shiraz 2017

Chandon De Briailles Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Lavieres Premier Cru 2015

 

 

What to drink with a Seafood Platter?

Everyone’s seafood platter is different but it’s important that the wine is white and dry. You need to match with lots of different flavours so you need versatile wines. These wines are clean, pure and dry with citrus and mineral characteristics. They go perfectly with ocean fresh flavours that can be easily smothered by bigger and more textured wines:

Brave Souls Riesling 2017

Laherte Freres Blanc de Blancs NV

Larmandier Bernier Longitude Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Domaine de la Pepiere Chateau Thebaud 2015

Thomas Fordwich Hill Semillon 2018

Nocturne SR Chardonnay 2018

 

What to drink with Christmas Pudding?

Every Christmas I come away thinking – why don’t we do this more often? I love Christmas pudding, and yet it seems, alas, to roll around only once a year. There are loads of options, listed below, but for me, Tawny Port has to be my favourite match. If your Christmas pudding is on the lighter side, match it with a younger wine. For richer pudding, particularly if its steaming and covered in custard, older richer wines are needed.

Warres Otima 10 year old

Warres Otima 20 year old

Quinta Do Noval Tawny Port

De Iuliis Late Picked Semillon 2018

De Bortoli Noble One

Disznoko Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2008

 

 

What to serve with Pavlova?

Pavlova is an Australian dessert classic, particularly at Christmas time. We pile ours high with plenty of juicy summer fruits. There’s also a lot of cream too so the matching wine should be fruity and sweet above all else. This helps to cut through the richness of the cream and not make it too heavy. Almost any sweet wine will do, and here are our suggestions:

Massolino Moscato D’Asti 2018

Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2018

JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2017

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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