There should be no doubt in your mind that we are now well and truly entrenched in the season of celebration. Between the spectre of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there’s also graduations, promotions, retirements, weddings and many other milestones to celebrate. It begs the question – what wine should you select for your next festive season celebration?
Matthew Gerard from Grand Cru notes that your celebratory wines should be a mix of simple yet delicious varieties, as well as the occasional bottle of something that’s a little bit special.
“Bubbly is always great, but you can also celebrate a special occasion with whites and reds. We often think of high end French bubbles when it comes to celebrating, and they are always a fail safe option, but I also advise people to look beyond that to include a crisp white or a lighter red at their next social event.”
Here are some of our top celebratory wine choices for this festive season:
An obvious selection, but what other wine screams celebration as pertinently as Champagne? French bubbles are the perfect companion to any special occasion, and they have a significant history of being used to commemorate important moments or events.
If you want some bubbles without the French Champagne price tag, why not sample a quality sparkling wine? Australia is home to some beautiful varieties, and you’ll still have those bubbles handy to make you feel like you are adequately toasting to a special occasion.
A lively and lovely wine when done right, Pinot Grigio is a refreshing option for your celebratory summer soirees. With fruity and earthy aromas complemented by distinct minerality, you’ll no doubt be stocking up on this light white wine for your guests during the festive season. Look for Pinot Grigio grown in the Venezia Giulia and Trentino regions of Italy.
Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand
A crowd pleaser for a reason, these juicy wines from our Kiwi counterparts are a great addition to any social setting. Your guests will enjoy the palate-refreshing effect – just make sure to look for young varieties from the Marlborough region, which are among some of the best in the world.
Lighter bodied reds such as Pinot Noir are a constant feature on dining tables for a good reason. Their berry tastes and vibrant acidity make them an easy-to-drink introduction to red wine, and they will be perfect for everything from Christmas lunch to all-day picnic parties.