Check out our Christmas food & wine pairings!
If you’re looking for a specific food and wine pairing this Christmas, the team here at NZ Wine Navigator have put together
their favourite pairings to add that ‘something special’ to your celebrations.
We’ve also created a dedicated Christmas clearance selection for a limited time only.
These fine New Zealand wines will truly be the talk of the table.
We hope you have a magical Christmas, however it may be enjoyed.
Till next time,
Wines for Christmas ham
Wines best for succulent sweet-and-salty rich Christmas ham are light, fruity, easy-drinking wines with a touch of bold acidity.
We’d recommend the Ostler Audrey Pinot Gris 2011. There is a concentration and core of this wine that forms an impressive backbone,
but the palate has excellent poise from lively acidity, carrying wonderful tension through its line and length.
We’d also suggest our Ostler 2016 Carolines Pinot Noir, which has A beautifully textural palate displaying classic layering of brambly fruit,
exotic spice and seriously ripe, powdery tannins balanced by a good acid spine.
Wines for duck
Ah yes, duck, with that irresistible tender, fatty profile with the gaminess of meat it retains.
For roasted, smoked or braised duck the wines we’d recommend for this dish are our Mills Reef Chardonnay or one of our Big Pinot’s – the Wooing Tree 2013.
Wines for prime rib
Let’s play with the big reds.
White ones could be left behind with this dish, they may not keep up with the protein and fat weightings of the beefy prime rib.
Instead, let our delightful New Zealand reds shine the way. We’ve got the Vidal El Legado Syrah 2013 from New Zealand’s famous Gimblett Gravels,
or the smoky Mills Reef Elspeth Syrah 2016 beauty displaying luscious boysenberry, pepper spice and licorice, on a beautifully integrated and refined palate.
Wines for turkey
Pinot Noir is the classic accompaniment for your Christmas turkey. The hints of cherry and spice in the Alex Gold Pinot Noir make it our top pick for your dinner table this year.
If you’re looking for something a little different, Pinot Gris is the unsung hero of Turkey wine – it’s our top choice if you prefer a white wine.
Pies & Dessert
For that something sweet at the end of the meal, a Riesling makes for a great pairing with spicy, sweet cookies like gingerbread. A fruity, creamy, champagne-style sparkling wine will complement any creamy dessert or trifle. We recommend…
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So if you’re not 100% satisfied we’ll help you exchange your wine
for something more to your taste, or return unopened bottles
within 30 days of purchase for a refund.