What wine to serve with Christmas lunch/dinner you ask? Let us take the challenge from you and give you some ideas on how to match your food with some fabulous local wines.
- Sparkling Wine / Champagne – don’t forget to buy a few bottles of this celebratory drink – especially if you’re planning to toast in the New Year. Sparkling wine is a great alternative if you’re on a budget. Delicious with fresh oysters. There are many around, and we love the Ten Minutes by Tractor Blanc de Blanc (disgorged in 2014), very briochy and biscuity! Very French and a gorgeous bottle.
- Elegant Pinot Noir – the classic choice for chicken or turkey. Whether you like a lighter of heavier Pinot Noir, the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley will be able to provide wines to your taste. We suggest the Paringa Estate 2014 Pinot Noir for the lighter style and the Coldstream Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 – it is described as deep and opulent.
- Still or sparkling rosé is ideal with prawns, crayfish, calamari and scallops. Look no further – Foxeys Hangout Sparkling Rose is delicious. For a still rose you cannot go wrong with a Holystone from T’Gallant. The Quealy Musk Creek Pinot Gris 2014 also matches beautifully with seafood as well as the Elgee Park Estate Riesling 2015.
- Big, fruity reds are perfect for a traditional roast with all the trimmings, especially if you’re having cranberry sauce. Think Cabernet or Shiraz with beef, and rich and creamy Chardonnay with roast chicken or even a Merlot from Oakridge Estate (that’s because we at Wine & Food Lovers’ Tours are “red” drinkers). Chardonnay is an easy growing grape and there is no shortage of fabulous Chardonnay in Victoria. Our favourite is the 2013 Crittenden Estate Peninsula Chardonnay. Regarding the reds – anything Heathcote is popular with us, but if you’d like a less heavy Shiraz, the cool climate region of the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula has plenty available.
- Muscat from Rutherglen – ideal with Christmas pudding and mince pies, think Stanton & Killeen Classic Muscat – yummy!
- Late Harvest Pinot Gris from Foxeys Hangout is perfect with Pavlova, mango and cream. If you would like something heavier, De Bortoli Noble One is an all-time favourite, and still Australia’s benchmark dessert wine.
Source: Some Information from Wine Selectors
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