Christmas in July - Food and Wine Matching
There’s no better way to bring people together in the depths of winter than with a hearty Christmas in July celebration, bursting with great food and wine for all to enjoy. To help make your mid-year Yuletide extra-special, we’ve put together our favourite Christmas in July food and wine matches, guaranteed to put a smile on the face and a song in the heart of every reveller – whether celebrated in the workplace, or at home with family and friends!
Lyndey Milan’s mushroom pâté with… Cuvée
There’s something a little special about pâté, and this earthy interpretation from Lyndey Milan takes things to the next level with its rich flavours and texture. We suggest serving alongside the Redbank Ellora Vintage Brut Cuvée 2014 – an elegant, classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from selected sites high in the King Valley. Amazingly youthful with loads of primary stonefruit and citrus, fine mousse, creamy mouthfeel, bright acidity and hints of secondary development, they’re a match made in heaven.
Lyndey Milan’s mussels with garlic crumbs and… Vermentino
Bring the delights of the sea to your Christmas in July table with this delicious mussel dish, another Lyndey Milan special. Mussels are very versatile when it comes to wine matching, but we think it’s hard to go past the Box Grove Vineyard Vermentino 2019. Its crisp yet supple texture, vibrant limey intensity and spicy persistence pair wonderfully with the garlic notes and sea-fresh flavours of the mussels.
Glazed Christmas ham with… Grenache
Nothing says Christmas more than a glazed ham, and this recipe by Pete Evan's is a treat. Any wine you’re looking to match with baked glazed ham has three things to contend with – the saltiness, the spice of the glaze, and the fat content. A fruity, lighter-bodied yet flavourful red wine makes a sensational pairing in this regard, and the Sherrah Preservative Free Grenache 2019’s fruit characters, velvety mouthfeel, and gentle tannin harmony make it an excellent choice to pour alongside your Christmas in July pig.
Pancetta-wrapped chicken with pear and walnut salad and… Chardonnay
Chicken is a staple at the Christmas table, and the savoury flavours of this pancetta-wrapped chicken dish are a real gift – especially when teamed up with the Snake & Herring Tough Love Chardonnay 2017. A classic in the making with beautiful varietal fruit in harmony with classy oak, nutty complexity and intense limey acidity, there are few better matches with chicken than this sheer delight of a wine.
Gratin Dauphinois with… Pinot Gris
The French sure know a thing or two about taking humble ingredients and turning them into gustatory sensations, as demonstrated in this delicious potato gratin dish. The herby notes of garlic and thyme and the creamy textures of the gratin make the umami notes and crunchy grapefruit acidity of the Brokenwood Pinot Gris 2019 really stand out, for a Christmas in July side-dish that’s sure to please.
Individual Lindt chocolate tarts with… Classic Muscat
Nothing is quite as sweet as a Christmas treat, and these Lindt chocolate tarts are more than worthy of your indulgence. Delicious dark chocolate in short crust with a dollop of cream? Yes please! If you’re looking for a great wine match for these tarts, look no further than the Rutherglen Estates 375ml Classic Muscat NV. Intense and mouth-coating with a golden syrup-like lusciousness and complex brulee, raisin, burnt butter and rancio depth, it’s the perfect match – especially when chilled and drizzled over the tarts!
Ed Halmagyi’s vanilla and lemon cake with… Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Looking for the ideal dessert to top off your Christmas in July feast? Try this wonderfully simple yet deeply satisfying cake from Ed Halmagyi. When you want to pair wine with a treat like this, the sweeter the better – and we think you can’t go past a Rob Dolan 500ml Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2015. Tropical and rich with a core of honeyed fruit, a complex and velvety mouth-feel, and on-point acidity to balance the sweetness, it’s sure to prove a fitting finish for your family get-together.
Who said you can’t celebrate Christmas in July? Not us, that’s for sure – especially not with such rich and inspired food and wine combinations to experience and enjoy this winter. Do you have a favourite Christmas in July dish? Share it with your fellow wine lovers on our Facebook and Instagram pages… especially if you’ve decided to #pickaustralianwine to enjoy it with!