Christmas hack: how to pick the perfect food and wine pairs
While parties are a lot of fun, figuring out what to bring to these events can be a real headache.
Wine is the perfect companion – but with so much choice and variety, how do you pick the right one for each holiday occasion? Especially when you’re looking to impress the boss, new client or more importantly, the in-laws.
From work parties to Christmas day and everything in between, call ahead and find out what’s on the menu – we’ve got you sorted with our cheat sheet of December party hacks, complete with flavour profiles for both red and white lovers.
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The Christmas Party Pick
Christmas parties are generally filled with grazing tables packed with cheese, cold meats, olives and, if you’re lucky, a good cob loaf.
Whether wine is provided or it is BYO, a light variety generally goes down best.
Think Tempranillo for the red lovers. Bubbles or a bright Sauvignon Blanc for the white wine drinkers.
The BBQ BYO
With many organisations closed for business over the Christmas period, there’s no better time to catch up with family and friends.
And as the weather heats up that can only mean one thing; a classic Aussie BBQ.
If sausage rolls are your christmas staple, pair with a Pinot Noir.
Throwing another shrimp on the barbie? Choose an oaked white like Chardonnay, particularly perfect for garlic prawns.
A crisp white like a Riesling or fruity Rosé will enhance any chicken dish, potato salad or wash down a cream-loaded pavlova.
Christmas Eve Crowdpleaser
The calm before the storm and the perfect excuse to have a cheese board for dinner.
You can’t go wrong with a full-bodied red like a Shiraz, which pairs just as well with a strong cheese as it does with roast meat and Christmas pudding.
If you’re wanting to give Santa something extra special this year, replace the milk with something stronger. After all, red is one of Saint Nick’s favourite colours.
In case you didn’t know, Cabernet Sauvignon goes down nicely with cookies. Besides, one glass still falls within the sleigh road rule limits.
Spread the Christmas Day Cheers
Christmas is the time of giving… giving into your food cravings and treating your taste buds.
For the classics like ham and turkey, both reds and whites of any kind are complementary; try our Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz.
When it comes to dessert, expect sugar and Christmas spice and everything nice. Christmas pudding, gingerbread and trifle are staple appearances that match nicely with a Moscato, but we particularly like to settle down for the evening with a Cabernet Merlot.
Boxing Day Match
The 26th of December is a day for test cricket, nursing a food baby and over indulging in leftovers. Finish off those bottles or pick some additional fresh fruity wines, like a Rosé or Pinot Grigio.
These will also go well with seafood, particularly if lobster or crayfish is on the menu.
So if you haven’t checked off everything on your Christmas shopping list, Omrah Wines are the perfect stocking filler.