Part of the fun for any wine lover at Christmas is choosing some special bottles to enjoy on the day. But what do the winemakers themselves choose? A quick straw poll of friendly vignerons revealed the following.
Tamra Washington of Yealands has a veritable feast of Aussie wine to choose from as she spends Christmas on the Gold Coast with her partner Simon. Stellar names such as Yabby Lake, Jim Barry, Best's and Tyrell's should ensure a very festive occasion.
Meanwhile down in Central Otago Quartz Reef winemaker (and Pinot fiend) Rudi Bauer has set aside Dupont-Tisserandot Gevrey-Chambertine Lavaux Saint-Jacques, Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2002 and many more Pinots, not to mention a fine bottle of Muller-Catoir / Pfalz Riesling 2011 “Burgergarten”. Prost, Rudi!
Michele Bernetti of the mighty Umani Ronchi will be drinking a bottle of Sassicaia 2009, red wine of the year in Gambero Rosso, and said to be a fantastic vintage; as he says "despite it looking like an obvious choice, it is always nice to taste some very “classic” wine for Christmas!" Michele continues "Besides this, we have kept a magnum of UR’s Pelago 1994, our first vintage and Red Wine Trophy at IWC in 1997; my wife has always heard about how beautiful this wine was, and is complaining loudly, since she never tasted it before; I have to remedy this!"
Finally our very own winemaker Owen Bird says he "always thinks of wines more as special due to the company they are with rather than the wines themselves." True enough, Owen. He will however be enjoying Franciacorta, Italian Pinot Nero (both made by his own fair hand) as well as Burkin-Wolf Pechstein Riesling, Pontet Canet 2005 and 1971 Heppenheimer Centgericht Spatlese to finish. "I think that should be enough" he says.
Whatever you're enjoying this year, a rousing 'cheers!' to you.