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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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Matched Recipe:  Stir-fried Chicken with Beans   WILLOW BRIDGE ESTATE DRAGONFLY CHENIN BLANC 2015 In Chinese culture, the dragonfly is associated with prosperity and peace and it’s used as a good luck charm. While we can’t promise you that enjoying the Dragonfly Chenin Blanc from Willow Bridge Estate will bring you good luck, we can promise it’s a delicious match with tofu stir-fry. Its bright and zesty citrus elements complement the understated, creamy flavours in the tofu, while the wheat notes form the udon and the light heat from the chilli are subtly balanced the wine’s weight and texture. Matched Recipe:  Tofu, chilli & Udon noodle stir-fry   RED WINES FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR It’s not just white wines that make great partners to traditional Asian flavours. At Wine Selectors, we’ve found that the light bodied, dark cherry fruits of Pinot Noir work perfectly with delicate dumpling or noodle dishes. 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Matched Recipe:  Massaman Curry with Beef   DISCOVER A DELICIOUS FUSION OF FOOD, WINE AND CULTURE THIS LUNAR NEW YEAR To celebrate the Year of the Rooster, Wine Selectors has partnered with Asian Inspirations to hand select six Australian wines that perfectly enhance the authentic Asian flavours of the spectacular recipes in the included recipe booklet. From chicken to pork, fish and beef, and noodles to chilli, curry and soy, the rich flavours of Asian cuisine are on show, providing a plethora of delicious dishes to enjoy. Discover the delicious fusion of food, wine and culture - order now!    
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