So folks, it’s that time of year again. Every pig (and person) is dashing about in a flap, ticking peeps off their Christmas list, planning for festive functions and generally getting themselves in a tizz in this crazy lead-up to ONE DAY!
Never fear. Pinot D’Pig is here. It would be remiss of me not to help you fly through this period with a few wise words from the Pen. I don’t know much, but I know my wines, given my family roots and all. So let’s start with Christmas Day lunch. What are you going to drink with all that food? How will you appease Aunt Joan who only drinks pink fizz? And what about Bob, the orphan neighbour with no family in the hood who knocks on your door at 11am and is always the last to leave…?
Holm Oak has a drop for everyone. Let’s start with the arrivals. If you don’t love a good Tassie sparkling, I don't trust you. Holm Oak’s bubbly is the newest wine in Bec and Tim’s collection and it’s damn fine. Fine beading, fine flavours, fine finish – it’s a beauty. Buy a Six-Pack – it will see you through until at least 12.30pm, even with Bob around.
It’s lunchtime and now we’re looking for a drop to pair with the roast birds and erm, maybe a roast piggie or two. Serious wine lovers swear by white with most meats on the paler side, so go for Holm Oak’s Chardonnay. Its rich succulence marries fiercely with that full porky flavour we all love. And there’s enough acidity to cleanse the palate after chowing down on a cheeky spot of crackling. Hot foot it to our blog post for a top recipe for Pinot d’Pig-approved Roast Pork with Apples & Cider.
Serious drinkers move into the red spectrum about halfway through the main meal, so plonk a bottle of Pinot Noir on the table and watch jaws drop when they savour the opulence of Holm Oak’s top-tier Tassie expression, aptly christened The Wizard. Its big and rich palate and silky tannins scream Merry Christmas! It’s a winner.
But what about Auntie Joan? Don’t get your knickers in a knot – we’ve thought of everyone. Holm Oak’s Pig & Pooch Moscato tastes of floral, musk and spice, and all things nice. And it sits well with a fruit flan, a fruitcake or any fruity cousin who’s misbehaving. Low in alcohol (6.5%), light on carbonation, high in appeal.
I do hope this rundown helps plan a suitably stable yet entertaining festive celebration. If none of these wines floats your boat, head on over to Holm Oak’s wine page and choose your own adventure. I won’t hold it against you.
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High hooves to one and all.
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