Message in a bottle

So all my presents are bought, wrapped and ready to go. Cards have been written. Homemade mince pies are stashed in the freezer. In my dreams, obviously. Honestly, when it comes to Christmas planning I’m definitely not your woman. But when it comes to sorting out drinks, that I can do. If you’re on the lookout for bottle-related presents, here are a couple of ideas. I’ll do wines for the Big Day next week.

The Fail-Safe Bottle of Fizz

Crémant, the French sparkler made in the same way as champagne, is a little fancier than Prosecco. And it makes cheap champagne look like a panic buy. One of the best ones on the shelf at the moment is from M&S. See this week’s wine reviews for more details.

Christmas Pudding Gin

Christmas puddings, distilled. Literally. Put it in a G&T and shove a cinnamon stick in it. Or serve it chilled, like a shot. However you drink it, it’ll make you giddy with festive feels. From Sacred, £35.95 a bottle. Limited availability, obviously. Click here for more info.


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  1. hi Helen, can I put a shout out for ‘Barista’ , a delicious Pinotage from SA being sold by Majestic? full of fruit and a hint of coffee; we have no affiliation to any wine retailer & are slappers in the way we buy, anything from anybody, but this is so nice that it’s the third time we’ve been back to them for a case, great multi buy value ay £6.99.

    • Hi Cliff, yes I know that wine well – it’s fabulous! Will get another bottle in soon eps. if it’s £6.99. Thanks for heads up!

  2. Hello Helen,
    Some months ago I sent you some of my alcohol free drink – Peakzeroproof – I was wondering if you do a dry January article will you consider mentioning it?
    Many thanks,
    Happy Christmas!
    Best regards,
    Max Price

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