Party season is fast approaching and if there’s one thing to start it off with a bang it’s a good bottle of bubbly. The perfect celebratory tipple, a glass of Champagne makes an ideal aperitif, as the crowd-pleasing party fizz and can be easily matched to foods.But whether its wallet-friendly supermarket options, or the seriously spenny stuff, choosing the right bottle can be a headache – and that’s before you start thinking about cuvee, grape variety and vintage versus non-vintage (NV).
It’s safe to say that we’ve embraced the Italian tradition of a Christmas panettone as one of our own, in fact we’ve become so taken by the sweet Milanese treat that last year it outsold Christmas pudding.This year, the supermarkets are stacked with options: the classic golden fruit studded variety, the custard-filled, boozy versions or those coated in chocolate.
Our love of food subscription boxes continues to grow and grow, with anything from expertly cured meats to artisanal chocolates now available to be delivered directly to your door on a monthly basis.For the foodie, a subscription to one of their favourite things can prove a great gift, providing enjoyment month after month.
Christmas might seem like an age away for customers, but for retailers the holiday season began months ago.By early November brands have launched their festive advert, are playing Christmas music in store and filling the shelves with seasonal sweaters, socks and - something we can all get on board with - sandwiches.
We’ve narrowed the choice down to Scotch whiskies for this round-up, so each one here has been fermented, distilled and matured for at least three years then bottled in Scotland (among other rules) in order to be called Scotch.Still, within this there are whiskies that are straight sipping whiskies, to those suitable for mixing into a cocktail or bottles best for gifting – and that’s before we’ve even started on the various regional differences – so selecting one that’s right for you is important.
The UK could experience a shortage of traditional Christmas dishes, including pigs in blankets, for this year’s festive period.The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA), which represents the British meat processing industry, has warned that the UK is not attracting enough EU workers – which could have a negative impact on the quantity of festive foods, including hand-wrapped cocktail sausages that are “fiddly and hard to mechanise”.
Until recently, the UK and its consumers have been lacking in choice when it comes to bourbon.With more bottles being exported from the US and many of the familiar big brands unveiling new products. And with an increasing interest in the spirit, 2020 is set to be a great year for British bourbon drinkers.