FOR many of you, there will be several different palates and preferences around the table at your Christmas lunch or dinner, and so many different sweet and savoury fl avours during the course of the meal, that too much fussing about trying to perfectly match wines to particular dishes is rather pointless.
A better option is to simply crack wines you enjoy – ones that, for me, are versatile, fresh and bright, that are not so heavy people nod off halfway through, and that you hope will have at least some synergy with the different courses.
Since I’ll be having a few guests from the mainland, I’m happily going one- eyed Tasmanian.
So, for what it’s worth, here are the wines my family will, I hope, enjoy on Christmas Day:
Coal Valley 2009 Sparkling Pinot Noir
A lovely, light and bubbly Blanc de Noir style served well- chilled to get us through the wellwishing and cheek- buzzing arrivals.
The Bend 2009 Riesling
Still with enough of riesling’s wonderful citrusy vitality to wash down some of Ashmore Seafoods’ fresh prawns or, if someone in the family digs or dives deep enough, also with enough aged development and weight to happily sit with a crayfi sh salad.
Morningside 2010 Cabernets
Mid- weight, balanced and full of fresh cranberry, bay leaf and blackcurrant fl avours. Decanted an hour or so before, it should be delicious with my wife’s turkey, glazed ham and roast vegies. If not, I’ll end up with the parson’s nose.
Pressing Matters 2010 R69
With the perfect balance between sweet fruit and refreshing acidity to complement a simple dessert of fresh berries and cream.
Hellyers Road Cream Liqueur
Rich, deliciously smooth, creamy and suffi ciently spirituous to go with Daci and Daci’s plum puds and brandy butter, and to mellow us through Sweet Envy’s post- dinner chocolates and Christmas cake.