Good Cheers

Start think­ing about the wine you’d like to drink at Christ­mas now, then all you have to do on the day is en­joy it, writes Toni Pater­son.

Australian House & Garden - - News -

Cel­e­bra­tory tipples.

Wine is a ma­jor part of my Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions. And be­cause I am rather wine ob­sessed, I start think­ing about my se­lec­tions well in ad­vance.

Wine is an item you can strike off the shop­ping list nice and early. Try to do your re­search be­fore hit­ting the shops or, even bet­ter, or­der di­rect from your favourite bot­tle store or win­ery. You don’t want to be wor­ry­ing about the qual­ity of the wines you’re serv­ing at this time of the year, so it’s best to avoid im­pulse buys. A broad spec­trum of styles and prices is rec­om­mended.

For a ca­sual Christ­mas gath­er­ing on a sum­mery day, rosé is per­fect. A great op­tion is 2017 An­gul­long Fos­sil Hill Rosato, $24, dry and savoury with a lemon fresh­ness. For af­ford­able bub­bly, you can’t go past the NV Cal­abria Fam­ily Wines Pri­vate Bin Prosecco, $15. The Span­ish NV Se­gura Vi­u­das Brut Reserva Cava, $15, is also ter­rific. Qual­ity riesling is an­other ex­cel­lent choice; the fine-boned 2017 Gaelic Ceme­tery Celtic Farm Riesling, $23, is well worth the hunt, and the widely avail­able 2017 An­nie’s Lane Riesling, $15, is one of my top picks.

For reds, it’s good to have some­thing flavour­some yet soft, such as the 2016 The Thief Gre­nache Shi­raz Mataro, $22. For some­thing a lit­tle weight­ier and savoury, try the fab­u­lous 2016 David Hook Shi­raz, $18. If you’re af­ter rich fruit, go for the 2015 Shin­gle­back Red Knot Clas­si­fied Shi­raz, $19.

For el­e­gant din­ing in the lead up to Christ­mas, try the ex­quis­ite 2017 Gros­set Spring­vale Riesling, $40; 2015 Fran­k­land Es­tate Chardon­nay, $28; or well-pro­por­tioned 2013 Lake Breeze Arthur’s Re­serve Caber­net Blend, $42.

For the big day it­self, you can’t go past the stun­ning op­tions be­low…

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