Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great Christmas! Mine was filled with lots of food, wine, cocktails, food… you get the gist. As a result, the old January guilt has set in and I’m looking to lose a few pounds. Last year, I blogged about a non-alcoholic option which is ideal if you’re taking part in the ‘dryathlon’ this month (I salute you if you are) and next week I will be forsaking solids and wine as part of ‘The World’s Biggest Juice Detox’ – a seven day plan is quite enough for me!

If you’d rather just adopt the ‘everything in moderation’ mantra, why not go for something a little lower in alcohol? I don’t mean an artificially sweet 5% sparkling wine but something with a naturally lower abv of less than 11% such as a German Riesling or Hunter Valley Semillon.

Dr L Riesling 2011, 8.5%, available for £7.99 from Majestic
Aromatic and fragrant, this slightly sweet white has a fruity nose with flavours of apricot and honey. Serve well chilled with a smoked mackerel pâté or a light Thai dish for the perfect low-guilt supper.

dr lTaste the Difference Hunter Valley Semillon, 10.5%, available for £9.99 from Sainsbury’s
With intense flavours of lemon peel and honeysuckle and toasty aromas, you would be forgiven for thinking this warming wine contains more alcohol than it actually does. Easy to drink on its own now alongside a lemony chicken dish, this white will also age well in your wine cellar/rack.

hunter valley semillon

Good luck with whatever New Year’s resolution/s you have set for yourself and keep an eye out for my next post on how well (or not) the juice detox went!


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