... and to drink

Wine writer Hamish An­der­son picks his favourites

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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.

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