5 wines you need this Christmas
In Australia we’re blessed with so many wonderful wine varieties. So, how do you ensure you have the best selection of wines for a wonderful Christmas celebration?
To make things simple and delicious, the Tasting Panel suggests going with their 5 top picks to get you through the festive celebrations including the big one – Christmas Day!
In no particular order, here they are, the 5 wines you need this Christmas.
Sparkling red for Christmas celebrations
Serving Sparkling Reds on Christmas Day, including uniquely-Australian Sparkling Shiraz, is very much a tradition in the Australian wine industry. Served chilled, they’re perfect for the summer weather we enjoy over Christmas, and compliments classic Christmas dishes like ham and turkey. And, for an extra special Christmas Day breakfast, Sparkling Reds are a delicious and decadent drop served with bacon and eggs.
Our suggested Sparkling Reds collections for Christmas: Festive Sparkling reds dozen
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Rosé for Christmas celebrations
Australian Rosé is flying off the shelves and with good reason – they’re absolutely delicious and are so versatile. Rosé pairs wonderfully with a wide range of foods and can take you from Christmas brunch, lunch, sundowners, and on to dinner. Served chilled on a Christmas Day (or any day), there really isn’t a wine more suited to sipping in the Aussie summer sunshine.
Our suggested Rosé collection for Christmas: Rosé dozen
Prosecco for Christmas celebrations
One of Australia’s best-selling Sparkling wines, Prosecco is a sensational summer go-to wine. Fizzy, fresh and refreshing, they’re perfect for Christmas Day pre-lunch or dinner drinks, a Christmas Day afternoon pick-me-up, or to toast the festive season. Low in alcohol, but packed with bubbles, they are also great to mix in cocktails or spritzers – think a classic Aperol spritz, Prosecco margarita, strawberry Rossini, Prosecco mimosa, pineapple Prosecco punch – the list goes on.
Our suggested Prosecco collection for Christmas: Prosecco cocktail party dozen
Riesling for Christmas celebrations
What is an Australian Christmas Day without Aussie Riesling? They’re perfect as a refreshing, thirst quenching, cooling drink on their own, and are heaven in a glass served with huge selection of fantastically fresh seafood, salads and vegetable-based dishes. They’re also the perfect partner to South East Asian spices for should your Christmas table be adorned with delicious Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Balinese or Filipino dishes.
Our suggested Riesling collection for Christmas: Pure Riesling dozen
Grenache for Christmas celebrations
Given the weather we usually experience in Australia on Christmas Day and Australians passion for Christmas Day seafood feasts, Sparkling, white wines and Rosés seem to be the stars. However, red wines like Grenache will still be enjoyed wherever you are across the country. Full of bright fruit, yet not heavy or bulky, Grenache is gorgeous served with glazed Christmas ham, and if it’s a really warm day, don’t be afraid to pop them in the fridge or in an ice bucket for a bit.
Our suggested Grenache collection for Christmas: Glorious Grenache dozen
From everyone at Wine Selectors… cheers to a very Merry Christmas!