Monthly Archives: December 2015

Three wise men, three brilliant wines for Christmas dinner


Christmas dinner, my most favourite part of Christmas. Gone are the days when I’d race to the Christmas tree to open up my Christmas gifts. Now, this level of excitement has shifted to Christmas dinner. Nothing beats the early rise to prep the turkey, and prepare the veggies.
As soon as the turkey in the oven, the next important part is selecting the wines to go with it.
While the three wise men came with Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh to their party, my three wise men came with three wines.

Wine #1

To get the party started I like to start with an aperitif – a pre-dinner drink. This type of wine gets the appetite going.


A fantastic drop to start with is the Pfeiffer Seriously Pink Apera. A fresh, fruity, and easy to drink beverage. Seeing as though it’s Summer here in Australia, this wine is best served over ice.

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Wine #2

For the main event, with a turkey carved up and roast potatoes glistening on the table, the perfect accompaniment is a Robert Oatley GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre) 

GSM’s are great with gamey meat.

This GSM is full bodied, french oaked, rich in fruitiness, with a smooth and satisfying finish.


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Wine #3

For the finale, there is nothing better than pudding a fortified next to this dessert. (See what I did there?). A great fortified is the All Saints Grand Rutherglen Tawny

This wine really makes the Christmas pudding sing, and maybe even yourself too after this marathon effort.


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With many so variants on the Christmas dinner menu – Fish, Ham, and those who are lucky enough, a Turduken, then here are some suggestions for you.

Fish & Ham

These dishes are best served with a sweeter white wine. The sweetness of a Riesling really balances out well with the oiliness of these meats.

A great one to pop on the table is the Oakdene Late Harvest Riesling. Its citrus notes, fruitiness and spiciness will be sure to please.

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As the jingle goes ‘May you days be merry and bright! And may all your Christmases be wine’.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
Until next time winos,



Drew Barrymore #ilovewine

Have you ever wondered if someone were to play you in a movie who it would be? For me, it would be Drew Barrymore.

Drew has been my movie muse ever since I saw her in The Wedding Singer.


A few months ago she posted a photo of herself on Instagram holding a bottle of Barrymore wine, complete with the hashtag #ilovewine.

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@drewbarrymore – Instagram

The wine, aptly named Barrymore wines, was one that she collaborated with Carmel Road wines. What can’t this girl not do?! With many celebs releasing their own fashion line, handbags, and signature scents, seeing a celeb release their own wine range is refreshing.

In a sit-down dinner, Drew introduced her friends to her Pinot Grigio creation. She went on to explain to her guests that Pinot Grigio was a wine she loved sharing with her girlfriends, and that it made sense to have this variety as part of her collection. Whatta-gal!

Described as ‘bright and crisp. Flavors of lemon drop, Asian pear and honeydew melon star alongside the “wet stone” minerality that’s a hallmark of the Monterey region’s rocky vineyards.

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Retailed and shipped to American residents only, as an Aussie girl, I’m just going to have to dream about what this drop by my favourite muse would be like.

Until next time wino’s


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