Christmas gifting can be stressful. We're here help. Especially if the person you’re buying for eats and drinks. Our new book, Broadsheet Sydney Food, is the essential guide to the city's best produce, from butchers to markets, delis, bakeries and bottle shops. We're super excited to launch the book, and if you're considering giving it as a gift, we’ve put together a handful of Australian wines worth matching with any number of great meals, and the situations you'll find them in over the festive season.
To make an instant impression
You can’t turn up to Christmas lunch without a gift for the host. A bottle of Grand Vintage from Tasmanian winery House of Arras is an ideal ice-breaker and one of Australia’s top sparkling wines. It works particularly well with sweets, so instead of worrying about a traditional Chrissy trifle, switch in a dessert from one of the city’s incredible local bakeries. We suggest a lemon dream cake from Flour and Stone on Riley Street, Woolloomooloo. It’s a time of decadence, after all.
For the eco-friendly
Is mum into growing her own veg and tending backyard chooks? Take a browse through Flemington Farmers' Market, where you’ll find seasonal veg from Spring Creek Organics and free-range lamb from Benview Farms. On the way home, pick up a bottle of Pig in the House shiraz, an award-winning organic wine from Cowra, NSW, and toast the festive season over lunch.
For the cheese freak
Xanadu Chardonnay, a medium-bodied wine from Margaret River, pairs particularly well with goat’s cheese. Find a bottle and swing by Stinking Bishops’ cheese wall, where you’ll luck in to some of the world’s best fromage de chevre, from Holy Goat’s Brigid's Well, to Le Picandou from France.
For the spice-minded
The Scorpo pinot gris by lauded Mornington Peninsula winemaker Sandro Mosele is considered one of the best local examples of the style, and matches well with spice. It’s considered one of the best local examples of the style, and matches well with spice. Source from one of Sydney’s many delicatessens – think cured meats from Quattro Stelle on Minnie Street in Belmore, or salami from Paesanella Food Emporium on Marrickville Road in Marrickville. You’ll find a full list of the best in Broadsheet Sydney Food.
For the romantic date
A great Hunter Valley red, Mount Pleasant’s Rosehill shiraz deserves to be paired with A-grade produce. Suggest cellaring this one until winter, when it’ll be cold enough to appreciate with a roast rack of lamb, a glass of red and a romantic night in.