Match day moments
Whatever format it is that tickles your fancy, footy finals season brings about not only nail-biting action on the pitch, but it also symbolises that spring has well and truly sprung. And spring provides a good excuse for you to celebrate with friends and family the impending arrival of longer, warmer, sunnier days that mean that the winter blues can be banished for yet another year!
During footy finals, once you’ve rolled out the Esky, dusted off the sunglasses and unfurled the hammock, it’s time to start planning how you’re going to cleanse the palate during the big matches ahead. You can probably afford to leave the pre-match stretching to the professionals on the pitch, but planning a good soirée involves plenty of pre-match thought and if you’re inviting a few folk over to watch the game you’ve got to cover all the bases.
One of the keys to a successful spring gathering is offering your guests a bit of choice so that their thirst will be quenched if their team is winning and at the same time provide some gentle distraction if their team is struggling to get over the line!
The Palate Cleansers
For those guests that arrive early before kick-off, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to have a couple of different palate cleansers chilled down so they can wet their whistle whilst waiting on the game to start. Beer wise you could do worse than throwing some of the devilishly fresh Wild Yak from Matilda Bay brewery, into the Esky. This new release is perfect for spring sipping and its citrus and melon like fruit profile is perfect for getting the party started. For those that aren’t so keen on cleansing ale make sure you have a cider ready to go as an alternative. The newest cider on the block, Pure Blonde’s Crisp apple cider, does exactly what it says on the tin and with 60% less sugar and 50% less carbs than most market leading ciders, it’s sure to go down a treat. By popping a couple of the tasty Wild Moose Canadian and Dry pre-mixed on ice too you’ll be sure everyone is catered for.
For when your guests have settled in, and for when there’s some food doing the rounds, wine is the order of the day and having a chilled white wine means that your spread will be livened up and kept nice and light on its feet. Squealing Pig from Marlborough, New Zealand, is one of those fun time wines that doesn’t require too much thought when sipping on but ultimately it ticks all the boxes and more. Fresh, crisp and full of pungent grassy and citrus fruit flavours it’s the ultimate crowd pleaser.
If you’re catering to guests who have a particular penchant for bubbles (and especially for those whose team might be winning!) why not throw a classy and great value sparkling from Burgundy into the mix. Cave de Lugny are one of Burgundies top co-operatives (co-operatives being a group of growers who pull their resources together to make wine from across their small patches of land, usually in one shared winery under the watchful gaze of often superstar winemakers) and their Cremant Blanc de Blanc made exclusively from Chardonnay packs a real punch. It’s all about crispness with this sparkler being full of vibrant apple and stone fruit flavours all finishing off with sherbet like freshness.
So now you’ve got the Esky full and the wine ready to pour, it’s time for you to jump in the hammock and have a cleanser yourself whilst you wait for your guests to arrive and for the action to unfurl on the big screen as you welcome in spring in style.