Wine pairing guide for the Festive Season

Wine pairing guide for the Festive Season

6 December 2023

Wine pairing guide for the Festive Season

‘Tis the season for festive feasting and selecting the perfect wines to accompany your Christmas spread can be like finding the perfect gift – exciting but tricky!

Our Aussie climate begs for fresh seafood and cold cuts of meat, yet the timeless classic roast still has its irresistible charm.

Whether you’re riding the seafood wave or diving into roasted goodness, here’s a guide to pairing your Christmas foods with the perfect wines to elevate your holiday dining experience.


If your Christmas menu includes seafood delights like prawns, salmon, lobster, or scallops, lighter wines will pair best. A crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc complements delicate seafood flavours, while a light-bodied Pinot Noir can beautifully enhance the taste without overpowering the dish.


The sweet and savoury notes of honey-glazed ham pair wonderfully with a dry Rosé. Its light and fruity character balances the richness of the dish.


The centrepiece of many Christmas feasts, roasted turkey or chicken, pairs wonderfully with medium to full-bodied wines. Opt for a classic Pinot Noir with its red fruit flavours and soft tannins or a Chardonnay with its smooth texture that complements the richness of the meat.


For those who can’t resist roasting or barbequing sumptuous meat dishes, consider red wines with bold flavours and robust tannins. A quality Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Merlot will complement the richness of the meat, while Syrah/Shiraz offers a peppery note that pairs beautifully with the savoury elements.


A staple at festive gatherings, cheese platters with an assortment of cheeses ranging from creamy Brie to sharp Cheddar demand versatile wine pairings. Try a red blend like a medium-bodied Merlot which will harmonise with the diverse flavours on a cheese platter. If you prefer white wine, go for a classic Chardonnay to match the diversity of flavours.


Indulge in Christmas desserts alongside a glass of Port wine or a good Cabernet Sauvignon. Their bold and full-bodied nature pairs well with rich, decadent desserts like Christmas pudding or chocolate.

Remember, while these pairings provide a great starting point, personal tastes and nuances in wine and food preferences play a significant role.

Have fun exploring and discovering your favourite combinations to make your Christmas celebrations even more delightful and memorable!

If you have any questions, visit our FAQ page or contact us for more information.

Cheers to a festive and flavour-filled holiday season! 🍷🥂

Mike Davies and Kim McKee - Cofounders Greenskin Wine

Mike and Kim

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