Party Time

You know that thing I mentioned last week but couldn’t tell you about? I’ve been asked to be one of the judges for the 2019 Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards. I won the Online Drinks Writer Award in their inaugural year back in 2013 and, ohmigod, the party was one of the most celebrity-strewn events I’ve ever been to in my life. Also one of the funniest thanks to my then editor (don’t worry, no names Liz) getting out an empty lunchbox and filling it with free F&M macarons as we left. But seriously, it’s a complete joy to be involved once again. I’ll keep you posted.

Now, some of you have been asking for festive wine advice so I’ve done a couple of sparklings this week. Next week, we’ll do whites, reds and sweeties for the main event. If there’s anything in particular you’re looking for, let me know.

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Current sparkling in the fridge: Tesco Finest Prosecco

Price: £7.00 - Buy From Tesco

Made by a great producer, this one’s just as a good prosecco should be: fresh, light and frothy with subtle pear and citrus flavours. It’s £1 cheaper than normal until the end of December and even though there are plenty of cheaper proseccos out there, I’d rather spend £1 more and get something that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve licked a tin can. Fill boots.

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Current sparkling in the fridge: Charles Lecouvey Champagne Brut NV

Price: £15.99 - Buy From Waitrose

If only champagne will do, this is one of the best bargains on the shelf at the moment. (And having tasted around 40 in the last week alone there are some real duds out there). There’s £8 off (it’s usually £23.99) so you get a properly good quality fizz for the money, all clean and crisp and crushed lemon biscuits with a touch of marzipan. Looks the part too, with its smart label and Bollinger-esque neck tag. Don’t say I said that.

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