Brown Family Winter Favourites
Members of the Brown family share their winter warming favourites.
I love it when the whole family gets together for a glass of sparkling to kick of the Christmas festivities. The Pirie NV is our go-to family sparkling!
My wife Judy is an incredible cook, and nothing beats her beef eye-fillet, with smashed roasted potatoes.
My favourite wine match to this dish is the Brown Brothers Shiraz, Mondeuse and Cabernet. My dad (John Charles Brown) first made this wine in the 1950s. We’ve been sharing this around the dinner table for some time and it’s always a family favourite!
Christmas in July is always a bit novel for us, given that it’s usually around 30 degrees on Christmas day in Milawa!
For a celebration in winter, Coq au Vin Blanc is such a crowd pleaser. Matched to our 2015 Cellar Door Release Chardonnay, it’s the perfect meal to share with friends and family.
I’m not big on pudding for Christmas in summertime, however for a wintery Christmas there’s nothing better than warm plum pudding matched to a glass of Cienna!
There’s no better way to kick of a Christmas celebration than to dig out your dorky Christmas sweater and snuggle up by the fire with a warm glass of homemade Gluhwein.
I can’t resist celebrating with a glass of Patricia Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Brut.
I have so many wonderful memories of celebrating Christmas with our Grandparents, John Charles and Patricia, so drinking this wine in Patricia’s memory with our family is really special!
Christmas in July Menu
We’ve put together a few recipe ideas for a Christmas in July feast with tips from our Executive Chef Doug Elder.
Entrée – Ginger Scallops
Kick off your Christmas in July feast with this simple dish. If you are buying fresh scallops then buy them the day before. Else most scallops are frozen now so you can buy well in advance and defrost the night before.
Remove the scallops from the fridge 20-30 minutes before you cook them so that they warm up in the middle and are much faster to cook.
Sides – Duck Fat Roast Potatoes
Duck roasted potatoes will change your life. Well…at least you’ll know the secret to making the most delicious roast potatoes of all time!
Once you have cooked your potatoes in the duck fat, allow the fat to cool slightly and then strain back into a container to remove impurities. You can reuse the duck fat many times over if kept refrigerated.