... and to drink
Wine writer Hamish Anderson picks his favourites
A special meal for two can pose a problem when choosing wine – conventional bottles are too big, and one for each course is an excess. Halves can be a little harder to find but provide variety and the option to pour a suitable partner for each dish.
BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVEE NV, Champagne, France, £23.99 for a half, Waitrose
Most champagne houses bottle in halves, making it one of the few wines widely available in this format. Bollinger delivers an aperitif of grand proportions that has enough depth to move effortlessly on to partnering dinner,
should you wish.
LOUIS JADOT MACONVILLAGES 2018, Burgundy, France, £5.75 for a half, Morrisons
In a region where large producers usually disappoint, Jadot makes a consistently good range (particularly the whites). This is clean and crisp, with pear and a gentle hint of spice – it will accentuate the sweet, fresh crabmeat.
ALLEGRINI VALPOLICELLA 2018, Veneto, Italy, £6.95 for a half, The Wine Society
This zippy, juicy red has green pepper, dark plum and cherry. Its ripe fruit will cope with the spice of the chimichurri, while its freshness (best accentuated by serving cool) makes it ideal for any warm autumn days.