Drink

The very best of affordable supermarket wines

Nicholas Paris, a Master Of Wine, picks five bottles under £12

Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon

How's it taste? Blackberry and black cherry, supported by brown spice and dark chocolate espresso.

Drink it with: Cheddar cheese and roast leftovers

Say as you plonk it down: "In the manner of all great Cab Savs – and I won't insult your intelligence by listing them, Dad – this balances fruit flavours with deep, dry notes."

Available from Sainsbury's, £7

The very best of affordable supermarket wines

Apothic Red

Taste: Blackberry with hints of mocha, chocolate and spice.

Drink with: Stilton or roasted figs.

Say: "I've checked the fridge and you're fresh out of plum compote, so roasted figs will have to bring out the four-grape blend. Don't sulk, Cheryl, no one's more frustrated than I am."

Available from Tesco, £8

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M De Minuty Rosé

Taste: Dry and fruity. A subtle blend of citrus, watermelon and honeysuckle.

Drink with: Smoked salmon or shellfish.

Say: "We lost some great men this year, Paul. But let's not forget that in 2016 we also saw – just let me finish this point, Paul – the joy of rosé emerging as a respectable alternative to red and white."

Available in-store at Tesco, £10

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La Marca Prosecco

Taste: Refreshing with floral notes.

Drink with: Salmon blinis

Say: "You know, fizz sales were set to rise a whopping 500% on the last Friday before Christmas. Guess I helped with that! Hahahaha no, I jest – this is left over from last year. Top up?"

Available from Majestic Wines, £9.99

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Dark Horse Chardonnay

Taste: Baked apple and pear, with a lingering, smooth finish.

Drink with: Eggs Benedict in a boozy brunch.

Say: "Brunch is everywhere now, isn't it? It's colonised Sunday. Doesn't affect me, though! I spend mine in silent prayer, begging to be cleansed of mortal sin."

Available from Ocado, £8

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