|IF you've seafood on the table this Christmas,|
take this Good Catholic Girl along.
To help with your planning, here are a few ideas ranging from Christmas morning brunch through to end-of-meal cheese platters; prices are an indication only.
BRUNCH: Creamy scrambled eggs and smoked salmon are a popular Christmas Day brunch idea, so consider an Australian Domaine Chandon 2008 Z*D Victorian Blanc de Blancs sparkler at $39.95, a spritzy Campbell's Rutherglen 2012 Moscato that's just 7% alcohol (half the norm) at $18 – or go all the way with a French Champagne Taittinger Brut Millesime 2004 at a cool $150... or a Dom Perignon Vintage Rosé at a mere $630.
CANAPÉS PRE-LUNCH: Wonderfully bubbly Logan Vintage 'M' Cuvee 2000 from NSW's Orange region at $35, legendary Houghton's West Australian Swan Valley White Classic (formerly White Burgundy) just $11, or New Zealand Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvee NV (non-vintage) $20.
|VALUE-priced McGuigan Bin 7000|
Chardonnay to share with the turkey.
COLD SEAFOOD is surging to the Christmas fore and certainly takes the mid-summer heat out of the kitchen: share with a Good Catholic Girl's Teresa Riesling from the Clare Valley at $25 (very limited supplies: phone 0419 822 909,) a NSW Southern Highlands Banjo's Run 2011 Sauvignon Blanc at $28, or a Spanish Vionta label Albarino from the country's Atlantic Coast at $25.
TURKEY and a great match for the traditionalists is a McGuigan Wines' Bin 7000 Hunter Valley Chardonnay blend at just $12.99, a Tim Adams Clare Valley Mr Mick 2009 Tempranillo $15, or a Blue Pyrenees Western Victoria NV (non-vintage) Sparkling Shiraz at $24.
ROAST PORK: For something enjoyably different go for a Margan Hunter Valley 2012 Rosé Shiraz Saignee at $17, a Tim Adams Clare Valley 2012 Pinot Gris $22, or from Tasmania a Ninth Island Pinot Noir at $15.85.
|DELIGHTFUL Sauvignon Blanc from|
Rymill to go with the baked ham.
|ROAST pork, crackling and|
Tim Adams Pinot Gris.
CHRISTMAS PUDDING: Hard to look past Lillypilly Estate's 2008 Noble Blend from the NSW Riverina at $22.50, Nugan Estate's 2008 Cookoothama Botrytis Semillon also from the Riverina and $22.95, or from Portugal's Douro Valley a Symington Cockburn Fine Tawny Port at $19.99.
CHEESE Platter to wrap up the meal: Salivate over this with a BlackJack 2010 Block 6 Shiraz from Victoria's Bendigo region at $35, an Exemplar 2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz at $65, or from Portugal a Blandy's 5 Years Old Malmsley Port at $29.99.
|BLOCKBUSTER red to finish off with the|
cheese platter: BlackJack Block 6 Shiraz.
|HOW sweet it is: Lillypilly's Noble Blend|
ideal with the Christmas Pudding.