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How to match your Christmas menu with wine

‘Tis the season to be merry, and we all know that good wine is a pivotal part of the perfect Christmas table.

“When you pair the right wine with your menu, it really heightens the flavours of both the food and the wine itself,” explained Christine Ricketts, Cellar Director at Cellarmasters.

But how do you pair your food with your bevs? Here are the answers for the traditional Christmas staples.

Lamb & Cabernet Sauvignon

The mint and herb flavours of a Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly from the Limestone Coast region in South Australia, make the red wine the ultimate pairing with lamb – especially if you’re serving the meat with a traditional mint sauce.

Wine to tryTolley Regional Selection Padthaway Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Tolley Regional Selection Padthaway Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Price: From $12.49 per bottle

Ham & Sauvignon Blanc

The traditional Christmas ham tends to be a mix of salty and sweet flavours, and possibly some heat if English Mustard is used. A Sauvignon Blanc is the ultimate pairing, as the acid of the wine will offset the saltiness in the meat. Sauvignon Blanc’s fruit-driven flavours will also enhance the meat’s sweetness whilst the medium alcohol of this wine style balances the heat from the mustard.

Wine to try: Ribbon Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ribbon Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Price: From $12.99 per bottle

Sparkling Shiraz & Turkey

Sparkling red wine is one of the most unique sparkling styles in the world, originally a French invention but now championed by Australian winemakers. A sparkling Barossa Shiraz with rich, ripe fruit flavours enhances the saltiness of the turkey while the sweetness of the cranberry sauce complements the wine’s fruitiness.

Wine to try: Stonyfell Selection Shiraz Cuvee NV

Stonyfell Selection Shiraz Cuvee NV

Price: From $8.25 per bottle

Seafood & Riesling or Pinot Gris

If you are serving a meaty fish such as salmon, pair it with Pinot Gris, as the wine’s acidity balances the oily richness of the fish.

When it comes to prawns or calamari, you can’t go wrong with a crisp, Australian Riesling. The wine’s zingy and crisp citrus flavours will balance the delicate meat.

Wine to try: Dorrien Estate Bin 4 Riesling 2016

Dorrien Estate Bin 4 Riesling 2016

Price: From $10.49 per bottle

Roast pork & Pinot Noir

Salty, flavourful roast pork has its perfect match in Pinot Noir, as the delicate red wine with its characteristically mushroomy, dark berry and smoky flavours elevate the essences of the meat.

Wine to tryYarra View Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Yarra View Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Price: From $14.99 per bottle

BBQ & Rose

BBQ meats, including sausages, are best enjoyed with a dry Rosé, as the acidity will balance the meaty, fatty flavours. If you prefer a red wine, a medium bodied Merlot is the ultimate choice, as the flavour won’t be too overpowering.

Wine to tryKrondorf Growers Barossa Grenache Rosé 2017

Krondorf Growers Barossa Grenache Rose 2017

Price: From $14.99 per bottle

Prosecco & cheese

Prosecco is of course fabulous to enjoy on their own throughout the silly season, but is the perfect wine to enjoy with a cheese platter. The carbonation helps break down the coating of butterfat that cheese leaves on the palate, reducing clashes and leaving a clean taste in the mouth.

Wine to try: Wordsmith Bed of Roses Alpine Valley and King Valley Prosecco NV

Wordsmith Bed Of Roses Alpine Valley And King Valley Prosecco NV

Price: From $14.08 per bottle

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