Expert's guide to picking the perfect wine for every festive occasion

As the days get longer and warmer, now is the time to start preparing for the festive season.

Whether it’s a long Christmas dinner or an afternoon soiree in the sun, picking the perfect beverage for these special occasions is not always the easiest task, especially with so many options to choose from!

To help relieve some of the silly season stress, Kim Crawford’s Chief Winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst has provided a handy guide to help you navigate your next bottle shop visit:

The Perfect Picnic Wine

To kick off your next summer picnic, Rosé wine is the ideal aperitif as it’s refreshing and delicious. This varietal is usually crisp with fruit undertones and a lively refreshment in the warmer weather. Kim Crawford Hawke’s Bay Rosé (RRP $22) is easy drinking and full of bright berry and tropical fruits. Alternatively, the Crafters Union McLaren Vale Rosé (RRP $8) in a can is a convenient option for your outdoor gathering, as well as one that is sure to dazzle your taste buds with hints of watermelon and strawberry flavours. Other top quality drops include the Legends & Lies Rosé ($29.99) with its playful packaging and a unique twist.

Best Backyard BBQ Buys

This time of year often means BBQs with friends and family every second weekend, so what better way to impress your friends than with an easy-drinking Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc, especially from Marlborough wine region, is a very expressive wine which has clean, crisp fruit flavours that make it the ideal varietal for any occasion. I personally love Sauvignon Blanc when enjoying light summer salads, seafood, chicken dishes and goats cheese. The Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (RRP $22) offers a refreshing tropical palate with splashes of passionfruit, melon and grapefruit flavours, sure to be a favourite among friends at your next BBQ. Another great Sauvignon Blanc wine that will impress your friends this summer is the limited edition Crafters Union x GINGER & SMART Sauvignon Blanc (RRP $22) with its spectacular new label design.

Christmas Dinner Feasts

When it comes to Christmas dinner it can be hard to please everyone, but this beautiful international varietal is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Tempranillo is the perfect wine to pair with roast meats and vegetables, and spicy dishes. Two great drops are the fabulous, fresh and fruity Young & Co Super Fresh Spanish Tempranillo (RRP$18) and new Neon Jungle Tempranillo (RRP $18).

Lunching Your Way Through Summer

For those who prefer a lighter option at lunch, Chardonnay is a wonderful pick that pairs well with a wide variety of food options. New to the Australian market, the Kim Crawford Chardonnay (RRP $22) is an approachable and full-bodied option with a creamy texture and hints of butterscotch and lemon meringue pie. This Chardonnay is best paired with salmon, white meats and Camembert cheese.

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