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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,