Making New Year’s Eve go with a swing

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‘It was a long night’! ‘The party started at seven & I don’t know what time I turned in’. Sound familiar? How do you survive New Years Eve & wake up on January 1st feeling somewhat human?

Here are a few tips:-

Top-up with vitamin B, before the evening kicks-off.

Have plenty of chilled water available & drink is alongside wine & alcoholic beverages.

It’s an oldie, but, try not to mix grape with grain.

Cook a pot of casserole or something similar & serve it at an established time.

Try not to consume too much sugar with your alcohol, as it accelerates the depletion of B vitamins

If you’re eating later – a plate of pasta or cheese is a good choice, as carbohydrates are a good source of amino acids.

Drink quality over quantity.

In the glass:-

Sparkling wines bring that touch of celebration to the party, make the fizz last longer by mixing with juices, making sure you add the sparkling wine last.

Bellini – Substitute Champagne with Cava & mix with peach juice.

Buck’s Fizz – Orange juice at the base.

Poinsettia – Small amount of orange juice & cranberry juice.

If you are drinking still white wines, consider bottles with lower alcohol by volume, for instance – German Riesling’s from the Mosel region, or Australian Semillon.


McGuigan – Classic – The Semillon Blanc 2011 South Eastern Australia - £ 7.99, down to £ 5.32 until January 1st – Sainsbury’s – Crisp, lemony & just 11% alcohol, makes this a perfect party white.

Arestel – Cava – Brut – Spain – £ 4.49 Lidl - This is pretty stylish – Apple-like, with a brioche richness & sherbet finish.

Tesco – Finest - Premier Cru Champagne Brut NV - £ 14.99 down from £19.99 until January 1st - Tesco’s own-label Premier Cru Champagne is an award-winner (on more than one occasion). It has an attractive creamy-richness, with a refreshing streak of citrus-fruits, acidity & bubbles.

Heidsieck - Monopole – Gold Top – Champagne 2007 – France - £ 19.00 until February 4th – Majestic – Vintage Champagne under twenty quid! Combines small, lively bubbles, citrus, crystallised-fruits & a nutty finish, for a stylish way to see in the New Year.

Anakena - Single Vineyard – Deu – Pinot Noir 2011 Leyda Valley – Chile - £ 9.99 – 20% when you buy two Chilean wines – £ 7.99 – Majestic – Plum-soaked Pinot, with a succulent mouth-feel, slight chocolate edge & balancing acidity.

Rémy Martin - XO – Fine Champagne Cognac (exclusive limited edition) France - £ 130 Harrods – The ultimate gift! Velvety smooth, with flavours of figs and candied plum, cinnamon & dried-fruits.

Neil Courtier runs Grape Sense - Book now for his Saturday Morning Workshop - ‘An introduction to wine tasting’ - 26th January 2013, at The Active Business Centre – Bury St Edmunds. Contact Neil - 01359 270318 / / for details.