You never quite know what Christmas is going to throw at you; it's also an opportunity to try something new, just for fun.
So here are three wines to keep in stock - the sensible, the classy and the funky.
Dourthe la Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc (£8.99 Waitrose) grapefruit and gooseberry fruit with white pepper, zippy citrus and cut-grass aromatics. Light and unpretentious but elegant, precise and deft.
Match with mozzarella and pesto or garlic and herb roulade.
Taylor’s First Estate Reserve Port (£12 Tesco, Sainsbury’s) dark cherry fruit, roasted spices, eucalyptus and some mixed fruit; warming, fresh and long with fine-yet-firm tannins. Substantial with a supple, muscular core.
Match with bitter dark chocolate, chocolate and cherry torte or Christmas pudding.
If you want to mix things up, try this Taylor’s Festive Punch:
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
6cl Taylor’s First Estate
Orange and lemon slices and sprinkled ground clove to garnish.
Serves 1 or multiply for number in the party.
Place all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a simmer. Serve warm.
Croft Pink (£10.99 Virgin Wines 50cl) red-berry bubblegum with sweet red cherries, eucalyptus and spice; refreshing and vibrant.
Match with tarte aux cerises or duck breast with spiced cherry sauce; for something more adventurous, try panna cotta or white chocolate mousse.
9cl chilled Croft Pink
12cl Champagne or Prosecco
2 dashes of bitter
More Croft Pink cocktail recipes here.