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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. A lighter Chardonnay or Pinot Noir can be blown away by the succulence and strength of flavour of the meat.

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

Craggy Range Kidnappers Chardonnay 2019 – $30

Chateau Pato Hunter Chardonnay 2017 – $36

Swinney Grenache 2019 – $41

Georges Descombes Regnie 2018 – $48

Mulline Bannockburn Fume Blanc 2019 – $50

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2014 – $55

 

 

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.

Traviarti Rosso 2019 – $30

Forlorn Hope Nacre Semillon 2013 – $49

Rippon Gewurztraminer 2019 – $52

Tue Boeuf La Guerrerie 2019 – $56

By Farr Viognier 2018 – $65

Domaine de Ferrand CDP 2017 – $95

 

 

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:

Glenguin Semillon 2018 – $22

Sassafras White Ancestral Sparkling 2019 – $29

Dr Thanisch Riesling Kabinett 2017 – $29

Rippon Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – $42

Bannockburn Chardonnay 2019 – $60

Larmandier Bernier Latitude NV – $85

 

 

 

What to drink with Christmas Pudding?

We love Christmas pudding, and yet it seems, alas, to roll around only once a year! There are loads of options, listed below, but Tawny Port has to be the 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.

Quinta Do Noval Tawny Port – $43

Warres Otima 10 year old – $47

PX Navazos Gran Solera – $58

 

 

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 – $24

Quealy Tussie Mussie Late Harvest Pinot Gris 2019 – $32

Disznoko Tokaji Late Harvest Furmint 2017 – $42

 

Prices are per bottle in ANY six. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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