On a shoot last week,
 hat at jaunty angle. 

This last week has been a blur of school music concerts, nativity plays (the cowboy theme totally worked, by the way), panic baking and just-about-making work deadlines. The children are so ready for the end of term and so excited about Christmas. Me too, not least because we’ve scored an invite to the in-laws this year on Christmas Day so I’m not in charge of cooking. But I am looking after drinks (actually, I’m always looking after drinks). Here’s what’s on my list so far:

Fizz: Conegliano Prosecco, Taste the Difference, 150cl, Sainsbury’s, £14.50 (save £4.50, normally £19)
One of the best own label Proseccos around. And in a magnum. And on offer. Works for me.

White: Tercius Alvarinho 2013, M&S, £11.99
Brilliant Portuguese white, crisp as snow. I’m going to have a bottle of this in the fridge in the hope that I get round to slapping some smoked salmon onto thickly buttered bread at some point.

Red: Escarpment The Edge Pinot Noir 2013, Waitrose, £11.24 (save 25%, normally £14.99)
A gorgeous New Zealand Pinot Noir and with the offer, great value. This’ll be imbibed as we gobble up the turkey, goose and ham (MIL does them all!).

Fortified: Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth, Waitrose, £12.00 (save £2, normally £14)
Standout red vermouth. Makes a fab present, as well as being one of the main components of a really good negroni.

Peace out, winos x

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  1. Hi Helen, nice list,

    Wishing you and your family a great Christmas with lots of good wine.

    By the way, I need a glass like that or should I say vase !

  2. Great photo! Love the pinot noir and will be seeking out the Alvarinho. Have a wonderful & wine-fuelled Christmas!

  3. And ALL reasonable and from supermarkets – top touch. Thank you for such splendid advice as always and I hope you manage to have a wonderful rest and your inlaws. Merry Christmas to you and yours :)) X

  4. Definitely off to get that prosecco…..hope you have a fabulous Christmas, and toast the New Year with something delicious x

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