Instead of unsustainable fasting diets and no-booze regimes in January, it’s more likely to be of lasting benefit just to cut back a bit, all round.

A current trend is
lower alcohol wineswith many drinkers concerned about intake. 

The range is increasing all the time. However, many are quite sweet. You could have a small glass of any ‘normal’ wine and then stick to water, if monitoring alcohol units, Weightwatchers Points or calories.

Recommendations at Tesco supermarket – with moderate alcohol (ABV) – include:

Chapel Down, Classic Cuvee, NV, England, £21.99, 11.5% ABV. With the recent leap in quality of English sparkling wine, popping a cork can now be patriotic rather than altruistic. Champagne grape varieties and low-ish sugar make a brisk, racy fizz to be proud of. 

Finest* Vinho Verde, 2011, Portugal, £7.29, 11.5% ABV. Portuguese whites have shot onto the radar for their good value, light citrus flavours and mouth watering freshness. This one has all that and a delicious, snappy, herbaceous finish. Perfect for a light lunch of salad and cheese. 

Simply Pink Moscatel, NV, £3.99, 5% ABV, 50g/l sugar. Moscatel is the on trend tipple due to soft, grapey flavours and being a versatile variety that makes the full range of wine styles: dry, sweet, sparkling and fortified. This fun, fluffy, pink fizz would be just the ticket with sorbets and fruit.   

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