With Christmas less than a month away, it’s time to get in a festive mindset. And that involves thinking about what you’re going to eat – and just as importantly, drink – on the day. We’ve pulled five dishes from The Broadsheet Cookbook that will make a memorable Christmas lunch. Paul and Jessica Ghaie from Blackhearts & Sparrows have matched each dish with wines in three price ranges.
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Persian Feta Salad by Brunswick Street Alimentari
To make this selection, we isolated the nutty flavours of the faro and the saltiness of the feta and then chose wines to round them out.
Budget: 2013 Pe Branco ($18) – a dry, savoury and textural Portuguese white.
Mid-range: 2014 Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis ($36) – a crisp chardonnay with zesty citrus and delicate minerality.
Splurge: 2014 Tempier Bandol Rose ($60) – silky and dry with tart red berries and a long, savoury finish.
Ocean Trout by Mamasita
The key to matching wines to this dish was finding drops that could balance the zesty lime and the natural, oily richness of the fish.
Budget: 2015 Monichino Riesling ($18) – slightly off-dry with strong lime flavours and a mineral backbone.
Mid-range: 2015 Patrick Sullivan Haggis ($28) – a skin-contact, undisclosed blend; exotic tropical fruits, grippy texture and tangy finish.
Splurge: Equipo Navazos La Bota de Manzanilla 55 Sherry ($70) – pure and salty with a chalky texture and real power and depth.
Whole, Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder by Cumulus Inc.
Given the rustic nature of this dish, it really requires wine varieties that don’t overpower the delicate meat.
Budget: 2014 Trentham Nebbiolo ($15) – slurpy and juicy with ripe red fruits, pretty florals and just enough grip to stand up to red meat.
Mid-range: 2015 Thick As Thieves Pinot Noir/Gamay ($30) – a jumpin’ wine that sings a song of bright, silky red fruits, savoury earthiness and fine, grippy tannins.
Splurge: 2012 Lafarge Meursault ($92) – a rich chardonnay of elegance and complexity with a harmonious use of oak.
Organic Carrots with Almond Cream and Harissa by Cumulus Inc.
This mix of sweet vegetables with savoury dressing calls for the same characteristics in a wine.
Budget: 2015 Airlie Bank Gris Fermented on Skins ($20) – an orange wine that balances its skin contact, textural side with fresh pear, citrus and a long, clean finish.
Mid-range: 2014 Frankland Estate Mourvedre ($30) – typically rustic and savoury with deep flavours of plum, leather and bramble. Fine, grippy tannins with juicy acidity.
Splurge: 2013 Mukai Shuzo Ine Mankai red-rice sake ($105) – the perfect balance of sweet cherry and sour pomegranate with an amazing smokiness – umami personified!
This delicate dessert requires something that isn’t too sweet in order to weigh the dish down. Slight sweetness is fine, but there’s room to get creative here.
Budget: NV Santa & D'sas Moscato 375ml ($12) – lychees, cardamom and tropical fruits with a little spritz.
Mid-range: 2015 Helm Half Dry Riesling ($24) – limey and zesty to cut through the creamy panna cotta, but also a subtle touch of sweetness to match the fruit.
Splurge: 2013 Churton Petit Manseng ($78) – slightly nutty and rich with high levels of acidity to keep the freshness in check.
The Broadsheet Cookbook is available to purchase at broadsheetcookbook.com.au.