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Christmas In A Glass

A great meal, should always be accompanied by great wine. So if you’ve decided that this is the year that you’re going to celebrate Christmas In July, why not turn the tables and start with the wine as the base of the perfect spread.

With the focus being on the hearty, richness of the main meal, keep the powerhouse reds for the second course and start with something light. By pairing canapes like smoked salmon blinis or honey-roasted fig and pancetta crostini with the palate cleansing bubbles of sparkling wine, or the lightness of a crisp white or rosé your guests will be able to ease into the Christmas in July spirit. And there’s nothing like the ‘POP’ of a cork to get guests relaxed and chatting.

Our Picks
Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir
Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato Rose

This is the time to select an array of white’s and red’s that are fuller bodied and either work alongside, or cut through the richer flavors of traditional (or modern versions of) hearty meat-based dishes. The ultimate show-stopper is a beautifully plated prime-rib (why not try ours, served with chimichurri) or a rich, spiced roasted goose (a Western-European specialty). And one of the greatest joys of dining at Christmas is the combination of flavors across all dishes – including your sides. With so many options to suit individual tastes stick with simple dishes that also compliment your main. The nuttiness of brussel sprouts done with rich speck and butter, creamy mash and the elegance of seasoned pumpkin are great additions to the table and will also work with our pick of the wines.

Our Picks
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Barossa Riesling
Steingarten Riesling
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir
Jacob’s Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz

The benefit of celebrating a big occasion, at an odd time, is that rules don’t always apply. Even if you’ve claimed responsibility for catering your Christmas in July meal end to end, consider outsourcing courses to your invited guests. It’s a great way to get them involved in the Christmas spirit.
Why not lets your guests bring along their own version of traditional desserts? Rich puddings, chocolate truffles or even homemade pies are the perfect cold weather dessert – that are all perfectly placed to finish off any already open bottles of wine left over from dinner. 

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