Wine and food pairing ideas to get you through Christmas in Australia
Here’s a fun Christmas fact: we each consume about 7000 calories on Christmas Day (more than double the daily recommended average). So flip a massive bird to the Pete Evans no-carb, no-gluten, sugar free, low FODMAP, macrobiotic, only organic purée charcoal diet that society says you should be following the other 364 days of the year and embrace those calories. Really make ’em count. There is actual science and shit that says pairing particular wines and foods makes both taste better so here are some ideas to get the most bang for your overindulgence buck.
My favourite. I am unsure why I only eat it at Christmas since I love it so much. Except the year I didn’t cook my turkey properly and I ended up with food poisoning, creating The Boxing Day of Death. That year I did not like turkey. For a bird this big try something like unoaked Chardonnay, dry Riesling, Sparkling Shiraz, or Merlot. I’m mad keen on Sparkling Shiraz so I’m going to try the Andrew Garrett Mclaren Vale Sparkling Shiraz – $14.00 from Booze Bud, and EVERYWHERE I’ve been recently people are raving about Dukes Vineyard in the Great Southern so I can’t wait to try their Duke’s Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling – $260 a case from Duke’s Vineyard.
In the summer I’m a ‘deckie’ for my dad, we go out in his dinghy and pull our cray pots. We always catch sweet fuck all. Just buy some prawns and save yourself some effort. For food with this many legs try a crisp, dry white such as Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, or Chardonnay. I bloody love Tassie Sparklings so I’m going for the Jansz Premium Cuvee – $22.95 from Dan Murphy’s and I’m excited to try the Chardonnay from another amazing Great Southern Winery Singlefile Wines (Singlefile Great Southern Chardonnary – $30 from Singlefile Wines).
You don’t usually win friends with salad… but you CAN with my brussel sprout Caesar salad or Caitlin’s mum’s broccoli salad. For food this zesty try Sparkling (pink or white), Rosé, Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc. The Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir – $19.95 from Dan Murphys is one of my go-to sparkling Rosés, and I LOVED this Glenarty Road Fumé Blanc – $35.00 from Glenarty Road when I visited the winery earlier in the year (and I love the winery. And I loved the sheep called Fumé), I’ve been saving the second bottle I bought for Christmas Day.
**If anyone needs some friends let me know and I’ll write these salad recipes up.**
Oh ham. A pig by any other name would taste as succulent. Whether you glaze and cook or just eat cold, nothing says Aussie Christmas like ham. For food this salty try Semillon, Rosé, Pinot Noir or Zinfandel. I was really taken with Lion Mill Winery when I visited a couple of months back so will be drinking their Lion Mill Zinfandel – $35.00 from Lion Mill Winery for Christmas and will definitely be smashing some Pinot like this one: Songlines Estate Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir – $20.99 from Get Wines Direct.
Fish and Chips
Ok, fish and chips may not be on the menu for Christmas Day but if you’re anything like me you’ll probably order it at some point over the Christmas holiday period (usually when someone has the nerve to ask you what’s for dinner and you completely lose your shit because you’ve just spent the last five days cooking elaborate 17 course meals and you can’t remember where the sink is because of all the dishes, so you take everyone out for fish and chips and then you realise that they are enjoying the fish and chips much more than the Christmas meals you lovingly prepared despite the fact you almost severed a finger deboning that fucking duck and…. Sorry, I digress. This may be a sore spot for me).
For food this greasy try something with a high acidity like Semillion, Riesling or Pinot Noir. Try checking out the West Cape Howe Reisling – $22.00 from West Cape Howe Winery or the Fickle Mistress Pinot Noir – $24.63 from Booze Bud.
Steak, sausages and other things you are going to throw on the barbie and probably burn the shit out of because you are too busy drinking something fabulous to pay attention. For food this charcoally try something meaty like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or GSM. I love everything about Chapel Hill so maybe try their Chapel Hill The Parson GSM – $15.99 from Dan Murphy’s or if you want to really treat yourself check out the Deep Woods Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – $70.00 from Deep Woods
What’s an Aussie Christmas without a pavlova? I am, of course, assuming you have bought a pavlova base from Woolies, piled it with cream and fruit and passed it off as your own (‘Oh Jean, the secret to my fluffy base is I hand whisk all the eggs…’ Just remember to hide the box for this trick otherwise you look like a bit of a dickhead). For food this sweet try something like a late harvest Riesling, Semillion or Sparkling Wine. I fucking love sparkling wine, it goes with anything and everything. Check out this one 6ft6 Prosecco – $20 from Dan Murphys or this one from the legends at Sittella – Sittella NV Sparkling Chenin Blanc – $21.15 from Sittella Winery
Let’s be clear: we at Goon Bags are not experts on anything except maybe gratuitous swearing so you try these pairings at your own risk. But what have you got to lose? But give them a go, or try something completely different, whatevs, and tell us what you think.