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Wine | Popping open bubbly in time for festive cheer

Chichester’S Assembly Room in the middle of North Street combines Georgian splendour with good acoustics and last weekend both Iron Tyger plus orchestra playing Queen’s Greatest Hits and the Zeppelin Experience, all the way from sunny Manchester, succeeded in truly regaling their sell-out audience and thoroughly earnt their respective standing ovations!


In due celebratory mood, I then allowed myself to look forward to the next big celebration this year – namely Yuletide and set off in search of good value tipple.


As Tesco was my first port of call I was able to procure a Plaza Centro Prosecco DOC currently on offer for just six readies and very much a Prosecco to my taste as it is drier than most and full of citrus flavours and one to stock up on for pre-Christmas bashes!


Whilst there I did espy an offer of just £20for a Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 Tennessee Whiskey which proved a tad irresistible – no magic involved as Jack, not Paul, but a great winter warmer and quality stuff without breaking the bank!


The balance of sweet and oaky flavours and the maturation in handcrafted barrels ensure a quality product worth grabbing at this price!


If you seek a bargain red for Christmas evenings , look no further than Lidl’s Montepulciano D’Abruzzo for smooth everyday drinking with morello cherry flavours to the fore and soft tannins to boot and a wine worth aerating for about an hour and one that pairs well with food.


Lidl’s Côtes De Gascogne for under £4.50 is delectably dry and fruity and a veritable crowd pleaser.


Let us finish with the ultimate Christmas tipple – namely Aldi’s Monsigny Brut Champagne on sale for just £11.49 with its fine nose, fine bubbles also, creaminess and flavours of baked apple and brioche.


Cellar ageing contributes to the richness, complexity and classic style of this Champagne which exceeds all expectations – Happy browsing and imbibing!

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