The Christmas feast might just be the most important meal of the year.
Every year you pull out the old favourites, and maybe a few new experiments. But have you ever done a matched-wine Christmas?
Knowing how to match wines is not just an impressive skill to brag about at dinner parties. The right wine doesn’t just compliment the meal– it brings out the best in the food. And at Christmas time, it’s all about the meal, and the dessert that follows it.
We take you through the Christmas menu and tell you what you’ll need on hand at every stage.
Seafood is a big part of an Australian Christmas. Summer in December means it’s often cold dishes that take precedent.
For shellfish like prawns and lobster, we suggest our Pinot Gris. Its nashi pear and citrus aromas are well-matched to the lighter seafood flavours. And, to counteract the Australian heat, it’s best served cold.
If your meat of choice is a more traditional ham or turkey, we suggest our Tatalia Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre. With its lighter spicier notes, it is perfect for even a hot Christmas. Our 2015 vintage has just been released here– just in time!
Heading towards dessert, we’ve got three suggestions.
If you’ve opted for the traditional approach, our Liqueur Muscat will see you through. Like Christmas pudding, it is decadent, but the acid line here helps cut through the richness. It’s perfect to finish a beautiful meal– or as a gift in a decanter. It features festive flavours of dried fruits and spices, with a long buttery finish. You could even try our Tatalia Sparkling Shiraz– its soft sweetness and acidity will balance the richness beautifully.
For the Australian favourite, Pavlova, you need our St Anne’s favourite: our gorgeous Moscato. Like the best Moscatos, it has just a hint of sweetness.
Our tawnies, too, are a top pick for finishing a meal. Can you think of anything more enjoyable than a glass of tawny to finish off an evening of celebrations with family? We’re not sure we can, either…
Shop our range here: our online cellar door is always open! Christmas shopping just got a little easier.