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at £26.95 (or £23.95 a bottle for an unsplit case; 14%) – a good excuse for restricting New Year’s Eve celebrations to just the two of you.
For bigger groups, magnums always look impressive. I don’t normally advocate buying single bottles from Majestic, but you can pick up the 2008 vintage of La Rioja Alta’s for £49.99 (or £44.99 as part of the mix-six deal). Majestic also has a lush 2016 Oregon pinot noir from Christopher Michael (13.5%) for £17.99 (or £15.99 on the mix-six deal) that would repay tucking away until next Christmas.
Finally, if you’re a pudding wine fan, now is also a good time to stock up on bottles you tend not to be able to find at other times of year, when the selection is much more limited. The Pillitter ice wines that Lidl brings in every Christmas are a no-brainer at the price (£13.99 for the 11% vidal, £14.99 for the 12% riesling) or hope that your local Waitrose has the luscious
Château La Rame Gourmandise Sainte Croixdu-Mont 2015
(13.5%), a cut-price alternative to sauternes. Serves 1
30ml Amaro Montenegro 30ml Grand Marnier 30ml double cream 1 tsp sugar
1 pinch grated nutmeg, to garnish Shake everything in a cocktail shaker full of ice, strain into a flute glass and garnish with nutmeg.
Federico Pasian, head mixologist, Quaglino’s, London SW1