WINEMAKING DIRECTOR (CHANDON AUSTRALIA)
Holidays in Australia are all about summer and the beach. My family’s been going to the same seaside town on Victoria’s surf coast for five generations now.
Our holiday scene is filled with the surf, beaches, and sand dunes. It’s all about the ocean salt in our hair, the smell of sunscreen, and driving with the windows down. These have been my holiday memories for most of my life, and now they’re the memories my kids are making, too.
There’s an old pier at Queenscliff, and jumping off it is a treasured family tradition. The jump can be a little scary for the small kids at first, but they gradually can get higher and higher up the structure as they get bigger, and watching them grow is the best part.
It's no secret that Chandon wines go really well with a huge range of foods, but a favorite holiday pleasure is enjoying our Chandon Vintage Blanc de Blancs paired with local scallops, cooked on the grill, surrounded by family. That’s the holidays.
"HOLIDAYS IN AUSTRALIAARE ALL ABOUTSUMMER AND THE BEACH"
OPERATIONS WINEMAKER (CHANDON CHINA)
Our “holiday season” is Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival. It occurs on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and falls on a different date each year — next on February 1, 2022. It is our most important traditional festival.
Many people clean their homes to welcome the Spring Festival. They put up red posters with poetic verses on their doors, Chinese New Year pictures on their walls, and decorate their homes with red lanterns.
The night of the Spring Festival Eve, many set off fireworks, hoping to cast away any bad luck in the new year, and children often receive “lucky money.” Traditions like beating drums and striking gongs, and dragon and lion dances are all part of the festivities.
Chinese New Year is a time for reuniting with family and friends, the most important part of the celebration. People drink wine together and celebrate the festive atmosphere.
My favorite sparkling for the holiday is Chandon Xi, since it’s a red sparkling wine, and red is the color of luck in our culture. Its slightly sweet bubbles marry perfectly with the rich flavors of Chinese cuisine.