Party whites should be dry, crisp and not too strong – pick labels that state 2017 for bright, young, lively styles. Here are two elegant and affordable whites from France to refresh a crowd, plus some more foodfriendly wines, namely a no-nonsense Aussie chardy and a pair of upmarket whites to grace the Christmas table.
Etoile de Nuit Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Vin de France Marks & Spencer, £7
Berry Bros & Rudd Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli, Italy Premium example of PG from cool north-east Italy, this tastes deliciously of pears, apples and white peaches. Chill for seafood starters. bbr.com, £9.95
Morrisons The Best Chablis 1er Cru 2013, Burgundy, France