IF you're already contemplating the Christmas turkey and ham and what you'll serve in a glass to go with it, give a thought to a nice chilled Rosé.
Served hot or cold, turkey and ham are both ideal matches with Rosé, and one to consider is Deep Woods Estate's 2009 Harmony label made from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from its Margaret River vineyards.
Owner Peter Fogarty had this one crafted in the style of Southern France Rosés – bright and rich in colour with lovely summer berry and plum aromas that follow through on the palate; enjoy it well chilled with that turkey and ham with either hot vegies and gravy or cold salads, or with other Christmas or New Year lazy lunches, picnics or on balmy holiday evenings.
At $14.95 its certainly good value for money and a great food match.
ONE FOR LUNCH: IF you are going to at least try to be good over the Christmas celebratory season – but you don't want to have to knock back offers of a few glasses of bubbles – have a look at the new Omni Light range that have 30 per cent less alcohol and 25 per cent fewer calories than Omni's normal sparklings.
And importantly while lighter in alcohol and calories, they're not lighter in flavour: look for the Omni Light Classic that has lemon and lime on the palate, a Light Pink with fresh strawberries and cream flavours, and an Omni Cranberry that's a lively and effervescent sparkling Rosé style made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and with a touch of Cranberry.
This latter was our favourite, but be warned it's a limited-release bubbly that should prove quite popular, and like all good things when its run off the shelf that's that. At only $12.50 a bottle all three should prove somewhat popular this festive season with their lighter alcohol and calorie counts.
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