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Your one-stop drinks shop

“Starting on the next page, you’ll find 50 great bottles, each and every one a tried-and-tasted top Christmas pick from me. They’ve made it through to my final list either because they’re great party wines that are good value and crowd-pleasing or because they make particularly appealing matches for festive fare. I’ve also chosen a few that stand out as fine fizzes or sweet gems that would make great presents. To make buying extra-easy and save you time, I’ve grouped everything together by retailer, so this really is a one-stop shop… Happy Christmas!”

WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO BUY

Your store-by-store roundup of party drinks, wines for the Big Day and some special bottles to give as gifts

MARKS & SPENCER

BARGAIN BUYS

WHITE

Marks & Spencer Grillo 2017, Sicily, Italy (£7)

A refreshing dry white laced with tangy lemon and lime and a subtle note of aniseed. A ‘house white’ for the holidays.

RED

Soleado Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Central Valley, Chile (£5 from 4 Dec)

A bargain for parties with fresh cassis and mulberry flavours and an easy-going style.

SOMETHING SPECIAL

WHITE

Florent Rouve Viré-Clessé 2016, Burgundy, France (£14)

White burgundy is a Christmas classic, pairing well with the turkey and any seafood starters. This one tastes of apples and mandarins with a long, toasty finish.

RED

Kendal Lodge Cabernet Sauvignon- Merlot-Cabernet Franc 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£10)

Impressive blend with ripe cassis and spicy, peppery twists. One for roast red meat.

SPARKLER

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Make Christmas and New Year your best ever with the December issue of delicious. magazine. Festive shopping’s a breeze with our last-minute gifts, one-stop drinks advice and best-buys taste test. You’ll also find Michel Roux’s brunch, Gill Meller’s goose with black pudding, Matt Tebbutt’s soy-braised pork and a beautiful pie from Calum Franklin. Fancy a lie in on the big day? Try our all-in-one-tray lunch or make-ahead turkey dinner. With Gaz Oakley’s vegan feast, Brontë Aurell’s Scandi classics, brilliant yuletide bakes and our panto recipe special, this is the only magazine you’ll need this year. And don’t miss our extra cocktail desserts collection, plus you could win a luxury cruise for 2019. Here’s to a delicious. Christmas!