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Your one-stop shop for festive drinks


“ It’s a special time of year, so make sure your drinks selection stands out. I’ve come up with spectacular matches for your best cooking – not only wines but also exciting beers, ciders and soft drinks, all of which will enhance whatever’s on your menu, at a range of prices. And since it’s party season, I’ve selected sparklers, spirits, winter cocktails of the moment and lots of gin as well. Cheers! “

Get the party started

The job of that first drink is to zip across the palate, waking up the taste buds with zesty, light, crisp flavours – and, often, lively bubbles. Here’s some fine fizz and a couple of alternative aperitifs


Majestic Loves Fizz NV, Italy (£7.99, or £6.49 as part of a mixed six until 1 Jan, Majestic) Lively prosecco-style Italian sparkler. It’s fresh and easy (11% abv) with a fun label. Perfect party pop.

• Franck Massard Mas Sardana Cava Brut Nature NV, Spain (£13.50, down to £12.50 until 3 Jan, Prefer a bone-dry, mouth-watering fizz to softer prosecco? Try this premium cava: lean, slightly toasty with a white-pepper twist. Just the thing to accompany salty snacks.

• Camel Valley Classic Cuvée 2014, Cornwall, England (£28, Marks & Spencer) Cornwall’s finest fizz is a rich and complex bubbly with exquisite notes of brioche and pineapple but with a dry finish. Fly the flag for English sparkling wine.

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Make your Christmas and New Year the best ever with the December issue of delicious. magazine. Shopping’s a breeze with our last-minute gifts, drinks advice and festive taste test. Try Nigel Slater’s cakes and bakes, Paul A Young’s trademark truffles and Nigella’s sensational side-dishes and stay cool tips. We also find out what Rick Stein and family get up to over the festive period. For a low-stress Christmas day, cook our classic turkey lunch with timeplan. Plus, don't miss our amazing £8,400 prize giveaway. It's a happy Christmas – guaranteed!

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