Best Wines To Celebrate The Festive Season
The diversity and quality of Australian wine is one of this country’s great gifts, especially when it comes to festive celebrations. With so much choice on offer, we thought we’d put together our picks for the best wines to enjoy over the holiday season – as well as some of the best foods to pair with them for your festive feasts!
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Regardless of the challenges presented throughout any given year, the period from late Spring through to early January is always an opportunity to relax a little, and hopefully enjoy a little time with the people you love. With the silly season fast approaching, these are the wines that our Tasting Panel have stocked up on for their end-of-year wining and dining.
Sparkling Rosé For Festive Occasions
Australian Sparkling Rosé is a particular treat that is being discovered by more and more wine lovers looking for a light, refreshing style wine to enjoy. After all, it combines everything you love about Sparkling wine, with everything Rosé is so adored for! Dry and refined, it pairs naturally with delicate food – particularly raw or cured seafood.
Best Recipes To Pair With Sparkling Rosé
Sydney rock oysters with ginger and shallot dressing
Lyndey Milan’s smoked salmon souffles
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Prosecco For Festive Occasions
Italy’s most celebrated Sparkling style, Prosecco has been embraced by Australians in a big way with King Valley in particular being acknowledged as the home of Australian Prosecco. A fun and versatile all-rounder with a range of antipasto, charcuterie, salads and dishes containing fruit, Prosecco is the perfect accompaniment for any occasion, particularly basking in the glow of a beautiful day by the beach.
Best Recipes To Pair With Australian Prosecco
Lyndey Milan’s bruschetta with eggplant, capsicum and olives
Dan Pepperell’s Caprese di pesca
Everyday Sparkling Wine For Festive Occasions
The great thing about Australian Sparkling wine is just how accessible it is for anyone after something celebratory to enjoy. Many Australian producers specialise in uncomplicated, people-pleasing styles that are great go-to’s with finger food, shared plates, and simply-prepared or fried seafood.
Best Recipes To Pair With Everyday Sparkling Wines
Lyndey Milan’s mussels with garlic crumbs
Prawn tostadas with chipotle mayo
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Chardonnay For Festive Occasions
Like sunshine in a glass, modern Australian Chardonnay is a satisfying wine to pass the time with in the warmer weather of the festive season. Its texture and flavour also make it the ideal choice with pork, poultry and flavoursome seafood feasts – in other words, just the thing for the laden tables of the Christmas and New Year season!
Best Recipes To Pair With Chardonnay
Roasted turkey and smoked oyster stuffing
Lyndey Milan’s prawn and pineapple salad with lime dressing
Pinot Noir For Festive Occasions
If you’re yet to discover the pleasures of Pinot Noir, you simply don’t know what you’re missing out on! This much-beloved varietal is just the ticket for the warmer months – lighter-bodied in style than the average red, its silken texture makes it fantastic with cheese or mushroom-based dishes, Christmas ham and game birds.
Best Recipes To Pair With Pinot Noir
Beetroot, Gorgonzola and candied walnuts salad
Glazed Christmas ham
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