Holiday drinks are in short supply. But don’t worry, SUDI PIGOTT is on the hunt for wine swaps

This year we are looking forward to a boisterous party more than any other year. So listening to our favorite Christmas drinks might be running out, due to a shortage of truck drivers and supply chain issues is the last news we need.

It might be difficult to stock up on party items like champagne, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and California Zinfandel. So concerned are the owners of brands like Laurent Perrier and Moet & Chandon that 49 beverage industry bosses have written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps asking him to step up efforts to solve the problem.

It’s certainly best to act preemptively by taking an adventurous approach and abandoning your old favorites for alternatives that taste just as good, cost the same or less – and will surprise your guests!

From Lebanese reds to Japanese fizz, here’s our guide to the most stylish swaps for the party season.

TRAVEL TO THE FAR EAST FOR YOUR NEW FAVORITE SFIZZ

Sudi Pigott judges a range of alternatives for preventive measures as we face the risk of running out of our favorite Christmas drinks.  Pictured: Morrison's The Best English Sparkling Brut

Sudi Pigott judges a range of alternatives for preventive measures as we face the risk of running out of our favorite Christmas drinks. Pictured: Morrison’s The Best English Sparkling Brut

The champagne harvest has been affected by bad weather – it’s down by an estimated 30 per cent – so shortages due to transport problems at Christmas could also be the precursor to limited production next year. In other words, there’s never been a better time to find a new fizzy favourite. Pop the corks with a bottle of this. . .

Morrisons The Best English Sparkling Brut, £25, Morrisons

A surprisingly fine English vintage sparkling wine, aged for eight years, that rivals anything the Champenois can produce. It has complex brioche aromas on the nose and a reasonable depth of flavor with the typical citrus and green apple.5/5

Atago No Matsu ‘Waiting Love’ Sparkling Sake, £15.99, totneswine.com

Sudi said Atago No Matsu ¿Waiting Love¿ Sparkling Sake (pictured) matches the champagne's clean, fine bubbles

Sudi said Atago No Matsu ‘Waiting Love’ Sparkling Sake (pictured) matches the champagne’s clean, fine bubbles

Fizzy sake is dangerously drinkable. Thanks to a second fermentation in the bottle, it matches the champagne’s clean, fine bubbles. In terms of taste, it has a hint of sweetness, but none of the sweet brassiness of many Proseccos. Goes well with savory and sweet. 4.5/5

AM BORING BURGUNDY

A good Chardonnay, like a white burgundy, is synonymous with quality and a guarantee of entertainment, especially for the richer Christmas dishes.

As well as transport and customs issues, however, Burgundy’s vineyards have also suffered from inclement weather, meaning it’s time to raise a glass to another region.

Those who like a medium to full bodied white wine with a nice mineral finish will love it. . .

Journey’s End Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay 2021 Stellenbosch South Africa, £8.99, Marks & Spencer

Sudi said Journey’s End Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay 2021 Stellenbosch South Africa (pictured) is deeply aromatic

Deeply aromatic with notes of grapefruit and peach leaf and a rounded, almond-rich, mineral finish. This South African Chardonnay has been aged in French oak for eight months, giving it extra resonance. 4/5

Specially selected Cotes du Jura, £7.99, Aldi

Sudi said Specially Selected Cotes du Jura (pictured) is a stylish dram with intense flavors of peach and apricot

Sudi said Specially Selected Cotes du Jura (pictured) is a stylish dram with intense flavors of peach and apricot

Crafted from 100 percent Chardonnay, this stylish vintage from the French mountain region east of Burgundy, which has been less affected by bad weather, is rich and elegant, with intense aromas of peach and apricot complemented by nutty and mineral notes. It is a nice accompaniment to fish, chicken or turkey. 3/5

GET OUT OF CLOUDY BAY

Among your guests there will always be fans of the fresh, crispy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with its rich citrus notes. Transportation issues aside, however, Cloudy Bay has become somewhat passé and expensive. Dare to be different this year. . .

Broadbent Vinho Verde NV, £12.99, 9elmswines.co.uk

Sudi said that Broadbent Vinho Verde NV (pictured) has a smooth taste with green apple and hints of lychee and melon peel

Sudi said that Broadbent Vinho Verde NV (pictured) has a smooth taste with green apple and hints of lychee and melon peel

The best Portuguese Vinho Verde can be refreshingly zesty with lots of fruit from the orchard – and that’s something really special. Bright yellow, in the nose hints of gooseberries, passion fruit, melon and a note of honeysuckle. The taste is round and soft with green apple and hints of lychee and melon peel as well as lots of finesse and a gentle effervescence. It will surprise your guests with its sophistication. 4/5

Classic No. 30 Grüner Veltliner Rabi Estate, £8.50, Marks & Spencer

Sudi said the classic No. 30 Grüner Veltliner Weingut Rabi (pictured) goes well with seafood

Sudi said the classic No. 30 Grüner Veltliner Weingut Rabi (pictured) goes well with seafood

Austria’s leading white grape variety is a good change from Sauvignon blanc and offers a little more spice. There are fresh citrus and hints of white pepper with superb citrus and orchard flavors and a racy, mineral edge. It goes well with seafood – so stock up on a bottle or two for the smoked salmon. 4.5/5

RISE A GLASS OF ROMANIAN RED

Wine lovers often crave full-bodied and medium-bodied reds like California’s Zinfandel, which have lots of jam and red fruit flavors.

However, Zinfandel fans may need to look for alternatives as weather and transportation factors could make supplies unstable. Grab one of the new kids on the block instead. . .

Blueprint Romanian Pinot Noir, £5.99, Waitrose

Sudi said Blueprint Romanian Pinot Noir (pictured) is an elegant offering full of juicy red berry characteristics

Sudi said Blueprint Romanian Pinot Noir (pictured) is an elegant offering full of juicy red berry characteristics

Romanian wines are causing a lot of excitement these days, and this elegant offering comes at a very reasonable price too. Full of juicy red berry notes, it has hints of zesty complexity and tannin bite, with cherry and raspberry on the palate and a gentle sweetness on the finish. A crowd puller with turkey or goose and goes well with Stilton. 3/5

Specially selected Lebanese red, £7.99, Aldi

Sudi said Specially Selected Lebanese Red (pictured) has aromas of blackberry, cassis and black cherry

Sudi said Specially Selected Lebanese Red (pictured) has aromas of blackberry, cassis and black cherry

Deep red with flavors of blackberry, cassis and black cherry, this inexpensive Aldi wine – a surprise supermarket hit – would pair well with a beef rib. 3.5/5

GO GREEK FOR A PRESTIGE POUR

A rich, ripe Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux is an expensive treat and synonymous with Christmas roasts and cheeses. But there are many non-Gallic alternatives to this prestige cast that might prove easier.

Kokotos Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot by Stamata, Attiki 2017, £27, maltbyandgreek.com

Sudi said Kokoto's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot from Stamata, Attiki 2017 (pictured) is a complex bouquet of red fruits

Sudi said Kokoto’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot from Stamata, Attiki 2017 (pictured) is a complex bouquet of red fruits

With its intense, deep ruby ​​color and complex bouquet of red fruits, plums, spices and tobacco, it is a real find. It tastes robust with a fruity, dark chocolate aftertaste. Will more than hold its own with the cheese platter. 4/5

Found Pais, Chile, £9, Marks & Spencer

From the rediscovered Pais grape of Chile’s southern Itata Valley comes this easy-drinking, lively red wine with aromas of black cherries and hints of aniseed, medium-bodied with gently stewed plums on the palate and hints of spice. It has a smooth surface that packs a punch and goes great with all the festive ingredients. Enjoy! 3/5

Sudi said that Found Pais, Chile (pictured) is an easy-to-drink, lively red wine with aromas of black cherries and hints of aniseed

Sudi said that Found Pais, Chile (pictured) is an easy-to-drink, lively red wine with aromas of black cherries and hints of aniseed

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