Christmas, food, Lifestyle, Wine

The Festive season and gorgeous drops, our perfect match!

There is a certain charm about the festive season, it’s our favourite time of year! Nothing is more special than spending time with family and friends, sharing old memories and creating new ones, over delicious food and wine – of course! 

Christmas is quite literally a stones throw away (yup, what 2019?!) and this time of year is such a joyous, indulgent time loved by all. But when you’re hosting lunch… well, we understand it can get little hectic! Girlfriend, to get you clinking that glass of bubbles asap, we’ve put together a guide to matching our gorgeous drops with your Christmas feast.

Breaking the fast: 

Let’s be honest you’ll be up at 5:30am, the kitchen will be chaotic and wrapping paper will be everywhere! Christmas Day should always start with bubbles and we recommend a simple breakfast that will keep you full enough to get through the morning, but starts the day with a little extra *sparkle*! Champagne and croissants = a match made in heaven. Why not keep it pretty with fresh summer berries from one of our Mornington Peninsula favourites; Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm. Our personal favourite? The crisp, bright and fruity Umberto Luigi Domenico Prosecco, featuring in our ‘Pop The Prosecco’ gift pack trio.

Simple Starters:

When curating your cheeseboard #goals, aim for different flavours and textures. Think a spiced pear paste, fresh figs, soft rich cheeses and crunchy biscuits. Delicious Meredith Dairy dill chèvre from country Victoria & the Caprino, Romano style creamy goats cheese from Main Ridge Dairy (VIC) are on our list and marry perfectly with fresh, crisp whites. We recommend a Riverland local with citrus soul and sass… Screaming Betty. A Vermentino sourced from Delinqueté Wine Co, featuring in our ‘Fresh Whites’ pack. 

Zesty, floral whites, match perfectly with smoked salmon and cream cheese, and we have the easiest, most delicious canapé to start the festive feast; Salmon pancake wraps. Just six ingredients that you can prep the night before and leave in the fridge till serving time. These go down an absolute treat with ‘The Dagger Pinot Grigio, King Valley, Victoria, staring in our ‘Fresh Whites’ pack.

The main delight…whatever your tradition may be!

Whether you’re more of a seafood family, or you like to keep it traditional, we’ve got the perfect drops to match whatever is on the menu! A balmy Christmas day and seafood are the dream team and if this is more your style, Manettas Seafood in Sydney deliver straight to your door. Meaning  less time spent at the market! Our perfect match? The ravishing Riesling from the lovely ladies behind wine label Pachamama, Yarra Valley (VIC) This deliciously dry and citrusy drop packs a serious punch, featuring in our ‘Everything Happens For A Riesling’ pack.

If you’re keeping to the classics with traditional baked ham and turkey, put your little twist on it with modern, seasonal salads. We’re drawing inspo from Hetty McKinnon’s ‘Community’ book and her salad recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen. When pairing with reds, keep it light and fruity. We suggest The Cloak Sangiovese, Alpine Valley (VIC), a fragrant drop featuring in our ‘Light Reds’ trio pack.

The sweetest finish:

We know it’s almost impossible to fathom dessert by the end, but ’tis the season for indulgence, right?! Of course there is always room for a traditional fruity plum pudding, best matched with a richer drop like a Jericho GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre) plucked from the McLaren Valley (SA) from our ‘Bold Reds’ pack, or delight your fam with something a little different with Donna Hay’s brandy-maple ice cream panettone, seriously delicious, which marries sublimely ith our delicious Artist Series Pinot Noir, in collaboration with exciting Artist Brent Rosenberg and award-winning wine maker.

Here’s to a very Merry festive season ahead. Spent with your loved ones, a little too much food and delicious wine.

Sunday Wine Co x

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