This Goes With That On Festive Table
OFFERING the right wine in the glass on Christmas Day is just as important as putting out the right sauces or gravies, and the right mix in the salad bowl.
If you've doubtless bubblies in mind for greeting Festive lunch or dinner guests, a ripper new idea is Yellowglen's screwcap Yellow Brut Cuvee – which means you can reseal for dinner any left in the bottle from lunchtime, and you'll have no fizzy overflow (and thus wastage) from popping the cork. RRP is just $14.99.
Try also Chandon Australia's creamy 2010 Vintage Brut at $41, Yarra Burn's Premium Cuvee Brut at $20, Bay of Fires' Tasmanian Cuvee Rosé at $30, or the world's biggest selling bubbly, Spain's Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut at just $15.
If seafood's your choice consider ever-reliable Jacobs Creek 2012 Riesling at $12, New Zealand's Giesen 2012 Organic Sauvignon Blanc at $20, 2013 Howard Vineyard Clover Pinot Gris $22, or on a bit of a different tack Margan 2013 Shiraz Saignee Rosé at $18.
For roast chicken either continue with the bubbles or go for a 2012 Chain of Ponds The Lady Sauvignon Blanc at $30, Tim Adams' 2013 Pinot Gris at $20 or a Logan Weemala 2013 Riesling at $19.
And for traditional Christmas turkey Rymill's 2012 Shiraz at $15.95 or Toolangi's unusual Chardonnay/Viognier blend at $20, or if you'd prefer a white, Jacob's Creek 2012 Barossa Reserve Riesling at $17.
Both red and white go well with roast pork: for reds consider a 2011 Capel Vale Merlot at $14 or a 2011 Lerida Lake George Pinot Noir $26.50, for whites a 2013 Serafino Bellissimo Fiano at $18 or Brown Bros 2012 Chenin Blanc at $12.
If you're doing roast beef or lamb think either a $19.95 2011 Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon or 2010 Mandala The Butterfly Cabernet Sauvignon at $50, or a 2011 Logan Ridge of Tears Shiraz $45 or 2012 Fifth Leg Shiraz at $18.
And for Christmas pudd don't look past a Margan 2010 Botrytis Semillon $20 or Lillypilly Estate 2011 Noble Blend at $PRICE… a perfect end to a perfect meal.
 WORTHY of a drumroll: Yellowglen's resealable bubbly is a ripper idea.
 EVER-reliable at just $12 and worthy of thinking about with Christmas seafood.
 AN ideal partner with traditional Festive Season turkey.
 SWEET ending to a perfect meal: just the drop with the Christmas pudd.