I adore dessert wine and never need an excuse to open a bottle, but Christmas is as good an excuse as any, so here are two festive selections when it comes to pudding wine.
There are, of course, many styles of dessert wine, from classic Sauterne styles, through to the super rich fortified ‘stickies’ from Australia, and it just depends on the type of pudding you are going to serve.
Concha y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Maule (Majestic £7.49 per half or £5.99 if you buy two, Hermitage Cellars £5.15) is brilliant value and delivers tropical fruits, honey and a little spice in a very fresh.
At the other end of the scale is Australian Muscat, a unique style of fortified wine matured in old oak barrels, and as one well-known wine writer once said, is almost like liquid pudding.
TOP TIPPLE: Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat
Brilliant with Christmas pudding or just drizzled over vanilla ice cream, this has a wonderful amber colour and it is a luscious, rich dessert wine with a superb bouquet of honey, ginger, candied apricots and peach. This is the ultimate Christmas dessert wine – it even smells like Christmas!
· Hermitage Cellars £11.25 (currently on offer at £10.15 per half bottle)