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 It’s Christmas time, so I’m here once again to help you with wine!

TO START…

Here you need something refreshing, versatile and my fave—Sparkling! Great local Sparklings include the zesty aperitif style Silurian from Mount Majura Vineyard—a little biased I know, but well justified.

Choose Prosecco for an inexpensive refresher or to make Aperol Spritz or splurge on a beautiful Champagne such as Pierre Peters or Delamotte. It’s very likely I would also be enjoying a gin or Bentspoke and Capital Brewing Co. beers.

And for those looking to relax the alcohol intake, there are now some great alternatives including the locally made Altina. Zero proof cocktails that keep the festive feeling alive. I think the best is the Light Me Up with Forestberry, Wattleseed & Green Tea.

BBQS AND SALADS

With seafood dishes, prawns and whole baked fish on the BBQ, our local Rieslings are a must and there are so many to choose from! And something a little different to try this year is the 2019 Mada Blanc.

It’s a blend of Gewurztraminer Riesling and Pinot Gris. It’s still a bright fresh style of white with some added florals, texture and grip. This wine is also great with dishes that have little added heat or spice.

THE BIRD ITSELF

Turkey isn’t something I have at Christmas but if you do, I recommend the 2017 Collector Tiger Tiger Chardonnay. I love this wine! If you’re not eating Turkey like me, this wine will also go well with your roast chicken or pork.

I will also be pouring another delicious Chardonnay on Christmas day at the Boat House which is the 2017 MacForbes Woori Yallock Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley, VIC.

HAM-AZING

Ham and roast meats for the main course lean towards red wine. And even though it may be 35 degrees outside its time to get Uncle Gary and Garry’s red wine.

This year for the ham, I recommend a light spicy red-fruited savoury 2019 Collector Pinot Meunier. And I am also really enjoying the 2017 Ravensworth Estate Sangiovese. It’s a wine you could keep in the cellar but it also drinks beautifully now with red and black cherry fruits, layers of spice.

DESSERT

Pavlova and pudding—couldn’t be any different if they tried. Lucky the Long Rail Gully SSC is just as versatile as it is delicious. Made from Shiraz grapes dried and shrivelled in crates.

Some of my favourite places to grab some local and other great wines are Ainslie Cellars, Plonk, Farrah’s Liquor Collective and Jim Murphy’s.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Cheers!

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