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Our Top 5 Australia Day Recipe and Wine Matching Ideas

Celebrate Australian wine this year on our national holiday with these great recipe and wine matching ideas from Selector.

Lamb Recipes

Lamb has become synonymous with Australia Day celebrations (due in no small part to a certain successful advertising campaign). This boneless leg of lamb with a rosemary rub recipe is the perfect way to add a refined touch to your Australia Day celebrations. The oak, spice and firm tanins of a fine Coonawarra or Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon make this variety the classic wine match for a rich lamb dish like this . Alternatively, try one of the increasing range of alternative varieties such as Montepulciano or Petit Verdot. Find out more about Petit Verdot in our recent infographic guide

Lamb wine match: Bundaleer Montepulciano 2015 or the Credaro Five Tales Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Prawn Recipes

In this country, we are blessed with an abundance of quality seafood. This Barbecue split prawns with chilli, oregano and olive oil recipe is an excellent addition to any Australia Day get together. For the perfect wine match, go for a dry white with good acidity such as a fine Semillon , Vermentino or Verdelho.

Prawns wine match: Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard Semillon 2009 or the Tulloch Vineyard Selection Verdelho 2015

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Vegetarian Recipes

It doesn’t have to be all about lamb and meat on Australia Day as this tongue in cheek video reminds us. Maggie Beer’s beetroot and vino cotto salad recipe is the perfect accompaniment to any celebratory bbq or potluck dinner. Or, for something more substantial try Stefano Manfredi’s spectacular potato gnocchi with burnt butter and sage . For further inspiration look through the many vegetable focused dishes in our recipe section or consult our vegetarian wine matching guide .

Vegetarian wine match: Howard Park Riesling 2013 or the Soumah Savarro (Savagnin) 2012

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Kangaroo Recipes

Lyndey Milan’s Kangaroo with native spices, beetroot and rosella sauce recipe is outstanding and exquisitely showcases the uniquely Australian ingredients involved. This dish is an impeccable match for a refined, elegant cool climate Shiraz from the Yarra Valley or a savoury Hunter Valley Shiraz.

Kangaroo wine match: Richard Hamilton Little Road Shiraz 2015 or the Seville Estate The Barber Shiraz 2015

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Pavlova Recipes

Although our friends in New Zealand quite confidently claim ownership (and they might be right ), there's no question that pavlova is also a strong part of our national culinary history. Complete your Australia Day celebrations with Lyndey Milan’s easy-to-follow Festive Pavlova recipe . Arguably, a dessert wine is a great match to Pavlova. But, you can keep the festivities flowing with refined Tasmanian Sparkling or a fruit focused and refreshing Prosecco from the King Valley . Find out more about Australian Prosecco in this recent article .

Pavlova wine match: Tamar Ridge Cuvée Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV or the Chrismont La Zona Sparkling Prosecco NV

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Discover more Australia Day Recipe Ideas

For more exciting recipe ideas visit our recipe section here or find some inspiration from the many celebrity chefs we’ve interviewed in Selector such as Jamie Oliver, Adriano Zumbo , Stephanie Alexander, Nigella Lawson and many more.

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The Essential Tapas And Wine Pairing Guide
Morsels made for sharing to match your wine selection! The array of dishes in a tapas spread means you have the perfect excuse to open a range of wines as the feast progresses. Lighter, more aromatic whites are ideal with fried morsels and oily fish, then enjoy a fuller white with a classic paella or grilled seafood. In the reds, it’s easy to see why the Spanish variety Tempranillo reigns supreme, as its savoury and rustic charm and lovely acidity make it perfect across a range of ingredients and textures. Salud! Tapas Wine Matching 101 Light and aromatic whites
Dave Mavor is a huge fan of Miguel Maestre, which is why his Calasparra rice-crusted sardines recipe is one of his tapas go-tos. And his favourite wine match? A light and aromatic white. As he explains, “Offset the salty flavours in this dish with a wine match of a light and aromatic white. Go for Sauvignon Blanc and blends, Riesling or Pinot G , or for an alternative taste, Vermentino is perfect.” Medium weight and textural whites
Nicole Gow likes to keep her tapas spreads simple, yet full of flavour and Lyndey Milan’s stuffed figs wrapped in bastourma are a perfect choice. “Brimming with mouth-watering textures, this simple dish pairs well with medium weight and textural whites,” Nicole explains. “Try favourites like Chardonnay and Verdelho or for something different, Arneis or Fiano .”  Light to medium weight and savoury reds
Trent Mannell is another Miguel Maestre fan and he finds his Manchego cheese sticks with tomato jam are always first to disappear when he’s entertaining friends. When it comes to choosing the perfect wine, he says, “Match the light, delicate flavours of this dish with light to medium weight and savoury reds such as Pinot Noir or Merlot , or for something different, Grenache and GSM blends or Nero d’Avola .” Richer and fuller bodied reds
One of the heartier tapas choices that Adam Walls loves serving his mates is chorizo mushrooms , as they’re fans of big, bold reds. “Naturally, Tempranillo and Sangiovese are ideal matches for this dish, but you can try other rich and full-bodied reds such as Shiraz and blends and Cabernet and blends.”
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