Rising to the occasion

Summer means parties! Work drinks, Christmas with family, New Year’s revelry and then January... so many chances to unwind. Let The Wine Society help you find the right wines this festive season.

Christmas Party

Canapés are prepped, your house is immaculate and all that’s left is the perfect drink to greet your guests. It’s a good thing you turned to The Wine Society then, because it has that more than covered. There isn’t much if anything at all, that beats a sparkling rosé for impact, so pop the cork on the delicate and elegant Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir 2017 and your Christmas party will start with the necessary bells.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day deserves something really special and there’s nothing better in Australian wine right now than chardonnay. Full flavoured, with a delicate citrus and stonefruit nose, Tyrrell’s Wines Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay 2015 is crafted in the Hunter Valley by one of Australia’s truly great chardonnay wine producers. That it’s a perfect match for festive staples – from seafood to ham to turkey – is a nice little Christmas bonus, too.

Boxing Day

Santa would surely agree that Boxing Day calls for something cold, fresh, friendly and relaxed to soothe the mind after a hectic day before. Torzi Matthews’ gorgeous Torzi Matthews Vigna Cantina Rosé 2017 looks and tastes the part. Share it with friends and family, sip it in the backyard while the kids run riot, or grab a glass and put your feet up in front of the cricket. However you spend Boxing Day, this savoury, moreish and versatile rosé is perfect.

New Year's Eve

If you like to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a big way, nothing says ‘grand’ quite like champagne. It takes the night and makes it special – even if you’re just watching fireworks on the telly. Or maybe you’d prefer a quiet dinner with close friends? It’s got to be champagne again – simply for its sense of occasion and food-matching versatility. Champers is the best way to bring in the new year and the luxuriously Champagne Lallier Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV is an outstanding example. You know you deserve it.

New Year's Day

It’s the morning after the night before... but hopefully you haven’t overindulged and are ready to kick back in the sunshine with a glass of something easygoing and delicious. A bright and vibrant sauvignon blanc is perfect for fun days by the beach and family picnics. Atura Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is bursting with zesty, fruity energy. You’d be hard pressed to find a more perfect start to the year ahead.

Australia Day

Fast forward a few weeks and we’ll be celebrating once more and, for Australia Day, it should obviously be something quintessentially Aussie. Chardonnay again ticks the boxes for the white-wine drinkers and will help you beat the heat. But if you’re firing up the barbecue, you’ll also need a delicious homegrown red to go with your steak and snags. The succulent and juicy Head Red Shiraz 2016 from the Barossa couldn’t be more true blue if it sang Waltzing Matilda as you cracked it open.

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