Way back in 1980, Irish – born singer Johnny Logan once begged the question “What’s Another Year?” in front of an enthralled Eurovision audience at The Hague. I’m sure you remember it well! Whether you celebrate or despair the arrival of the 2018 it’s the perfect occasion to celebrate ‘Auld lang’s wine’.
I have vivid memories of my younger years, travelling down to my grandparents’ house to meet with the rest of the family. After a hearty evening buffet and several painstaking games of beetle drive we would switch on the television with anticipation, ready to watch London’s finest fireworks lighting up the night sky, providing the perfect backdrop to welcome in the start of January.
New Year can be a bit of a coinflip. Go out or stay in? Venture out and you could be pay ing a premium for your prized table at your favourite restaurant. Stay in and you could be forever flowing bubbles with your friends and family as most supermarkets and off licence’s have some eye-catching offers during the New Year period.
Wherever you choose to celebrate the midnight chimes of Big Ben, here’s a selection of my fa vourite drinks to help you raise a glass to the New Year.
Smith & Evans Higher Plot Sparkling, England
New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to share a dash of glorious fizz, English fizz to be precise.
This enticing and ele gant sparkling wine has rich aromas of lemon, spice, toasted nuts and a hint of toast. On the palate it keeps a taut balance between freshness and the minerality, typical of Higher Plot with a full pure and ripe finish.
Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir, Australia
Named after the Bird in Hand goldmine in operation through out the 1800’s, this light and refreshing fizz has a lively palate that evokes flavours of fresh red fruits complimented by a fresh crisp finish and a light mousse. This is pure strawberries and cream in a bottle!
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV
This excellent Champagne from Perrier-Jouët has delicate flavours of peach, honey and citrus . The palate is round and fresh with a long, lingering finish.
Puklavec & Friends Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Grigio
A wonderful combination of two popular grape varieties produce s this delicious, crisp and refreshing white wine. Kept under screw cap to ensure all the tantalising citrus flavours of passion fruit and lemon are kept as fresh as possible, this also opens with an array of elderflower and freshly mown grass aromas, with opulent citrus fruits on the palate. Perfect for the evening buffet.
Les Dauphins Vinsobres
Produced from grapes grown in Vinsobres, one of the ‘Crus’ of the Rhône Valley, this rich, spicy yet velvety blend of Grenache and Syrah boasts flavours of cherry and raspberry with a touch of spice. Perfect for a New Year’s Eve roast.
Toast Pale Ale
Toast Pale Ale to toast in the New Year? Seems a brilliant idea to me! Created using surplus artisan bread from bakeries and the automatically discarded crusts from sandwich manufacturers, the bread adds a wonderful toasty, biscuity note. Orange citrus flavours from the hops completes a satisfying finish to this awesome ale. Well worth hunting down!
Brewdog Punk IPA
Bursting at the seams with tropical fruit and caramel notes on the nose, leading to an explosion of citrus fruit flavours combined with classic biscuity overtones on the palate, this full-flavoured IPA is a great alternative to wine for that wonderful evening buffet.
Thornbridge Cocoa Wonderland Chocolate Porter
Ever wondered what Willy Wonka was up to after he handed over the chocolate factory to Charlie? Well here’s your answer. Full-bodied and robust, this chocolate porter contains real cocoa beans which are added during the brewing process. Perfect for those chocoholics in your family.