How to pair wine with Christmas food like a pro

How to pair wine with Christmas food like a pro

No more staring blankly at the rows of bottles when it comes to selecting the perfect wine match for your Christmas feast.

By Candice Jackson | 3rd December 2015

Summer is heating up and all we want to do is lounge in our swimwear all day and spend the balmy nights entertaining on the deck. Take advantage of the warmer weather this festive season: indulge in a feast with friends and family and raise a glass to celebrate the year that was. This picture-perfect moment is marred only by a question that stops most people in their tracks: which wine do you buy?

Suddenly your mind is filled with panic as you picture yourself wandering up and down the aisles staring at endless rows of bottles, each with fancy or not so fancy labels. Is the 2009 Pinot Noir better than that 2010 Shiraz? What year was best for Sauv Blanc? And do you have red or white wine alongside the Christmas turkey?

If you’ve ever been stuck on what wine to bring to a dinner party, or if you’re usually swayed by the prettiest bottle, you’re not alone. And while you can safely assume that a waiter or waitress at a restaurant might know which wine to pair with your meal, you can’t always trust the local bottle shop attendee to know which varietal will best suit your smoked duck or chargrilled mackerel.

Well, you’re in luck this festive season: we’ve picked the brains of with Sirromet’s Chief Winemaker, Adam Chapman, to find out his favourite wine and food matches for the Christmas season.

Best for... pre-dinner nibbles

'06 Signature Collection Pinot Noir Chardonnay

OPT-2006_SC_SparklingWelcome your guests with a glass of French Traditionelle Style Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay. It has mouth-filling layers of creamy green apple and wild strawberry, shortbread biscuit and honeysuckle, with a fine persistent bead from extended aging on lees. In layman's terms? It's the perfect match for your paté on rye.

Best for... fresh prawns

'15 Vineyard Selection Verdelho

OPT-2015_VS_VerdelhoVisit your local fishery to grab yourself a bucket of sweet prawns and accompany them with a crispy, lean, fresh Verdelho. The acidity of the Verdelho pulls out the sweetness of the prawns and is perfect on a hot summer’s day.

Best for ... Christmas Turkey

’14 Le Sauvage Pinot Noir

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What's more Christmassy than a succulent roast turkey straight from the oven? Pretty much nothing, we reckon. Pinot and turkey have always been seen as a great match. The cherry and barnyard notes work well thanks to the savouriness of the turkey and the earthy, meaty, red-fruit prettiness of the Pinot Noir.

Best for... chargrilled mackerel

’12 Signature Collection Chardonnay

OPT-2012_SC_ChardonnayChardonnay and fish are both quite rich and contain a full-bodied creaminess. Chardonnay oak and fruit compounds like fig, cashews, and vanilla match beautifully with the oiliness and richness of the mackerel.

Best for... encrusted lamb cutlets

13 Signature Collection Shiraz Viognier

OPT-2013_SC_Shiraz-ViognierShiraz Viognier of wild blueberries, with slight hints of orange and apricot have a great synergy with the delights of BBQ-smoked lamb cutlet.

Best for... duck

’12 Signature Sparkling Petit Verdot

OPT-2012_SC_Spark_REDRoasted crispy-skinned duck, pot glazed, and drizzled with a jus of Sparkling Petit Verdot is rich in flavour compounds, savoury notes, and gaminess.

Best for... Christmas Pudding

'06 Private Collection Sun Wine

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It isn’t called dessert in a bottle for nothing; try the Sirromet Sunwine as an accompaniment to your fruity Christmas pudding or simply pour it over as a delicious sauce.

The rich ruby-red Sunwine is a lovely balance of fruit, spirit, acid and sweetness. Enjoy the rich cassis, blackberries and blueberries and forest floor characters with a silky mouth feel.

For more premium wine inspiration visit www.sirromet.com

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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.

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