Grüner Veltliner 2016, Markus Huber, Austria, 12.5%, Waitrose down from £10.79 to £7.99 until 1 January

Grüner really starts to sing in winter when its dry, pepper-dashed flavours show well against a herby roast chicken or a light Thai curry.

Vinus Malbec 2017, Paul Mas, Languedoc-Roussillon, 14%, Morrisons down from £8 to £6.50 until 1 January

A splash of Cabernet Franc in this Malbec wine lifts the flavours perfectly.  Dark, blueberry fruit with an edge of freshness. Team it with a big-flavoured casserole.

Château Roumieu 2014 Sauternes, France, Co-op down from £13 to £9 for half bottle until 3 January

Fabulous crystallized pineapple flavours with a clean, crisp finish.  Serve with fruit-based desserts, blue cheese or the afternoon movie. This half bottle will serve 6 polite sippers.

Pol Roger Brut Reserve Champagne, France, 12.5%, Co-op down from £40 to £33 until 3 January

This is the best price on the High Street for the excellent, fresh, taut, elegant stone fruit and brioche flavours of Pol – the perfect champagne to sip as you open your presents.

About The Author

Christine is a wine writer, broadcaster and a wine judge for several international wine competitions. She has a technical background and spent five years as a buyer for a major supermarket before moving to wine writing.She writes for The Yorkshire Post Magazine and organises the York Festival of Food and Drink. She has won both the Lanson and the Roederer prizes for wine writing.

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