Flowing with positive expectations, sparkle and colour, there's no denying New Year's Eve is the biggest celebratory night of the year – but that’s not the only reason to crack open the Champagne.

DRINK may be the last thing on your mind after the new year celebrations, however, there are some great deals around on Champagne.

For those who like to flirt with a pretty fizz as the atmosphere builds, try Taste the Difference Pinot Rose, Italy (£6.99 from £10.49, until Jan 3, Sainsbury's).

Fresh and fruity but dry, serve this pretty sparkler with with smoked salmon blinis for a pukka start to any evening.

Alternatively, for an authentic Italian spritzer, try mixing San Leo Prosecco Brut NV, Italy (£6.66 from £9.99, until Jan 24, Waitrose), with a splash of Aperol (£11.99, 70cl, Sainsbury's). Extremely moreish, this saffron orange bitter will add a tingling burst to the freshest bubbles.

Fashionable and fun, rose wines aren't just for summer quaffing and the sensual-looking Les Maitres Vignerons de St Tropez, Saint Roch-les- Vignes Rose Cotes de Provence 2010, France (£7.99, Majestic) will bring some joie de vivre to the great year-end. A blend of grenache and cinsault, it's dry and elegant with pleasant peachy notes, and well rounded enough to stand up to leftover festive nibbles, seafood starters or soft cheeses.

If you like the zippy taste of a sauvignon blanc, why not try a white rioja for a change? Faustino V Blanco Sin Crianza 2009, Spain (£8.99, http://www.ocado.com) is the bedrock of Spanish wine, and this crowd-pleasing white comes highly recommended.

Crisp and earthy with a refreshing core of white grapefruit and a fresh, mineral streak, it's robust and food-friendly enough to compliment a grazing menu of tapas, spicy finger food, cold meats and hams. It's not always easy to find an all-purpose red, but the Loire Valley offers a one-stop shop for refreshingly fruity and youthful wines such as Les Nivieres 2010 Saumur, Loire, France (£7.99, Waitrose). A classic Saumur cabernet franc, it's mediumbodied and raspberry-rich with good concentration of fruit and silky tannins. It's delicious with simple appetisers and slices of goat's cheese. Offering unbeatable value, Tesco has a real corker with its Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne (£14.99, from £19.99, until Jan 3, Tesco).

A previous silver medal winner, the classy blend of premier cru chardonnay and grand cru pinot noir has good structure, weight and delicious toasty notes to give it enough staying power to stand up to the occasion.

For champagne lovers who prefer a major house champagne, the light and refreshing style of Lanson Black Label NV (£25, special offer, Majestic) has everything one looks for in a fine champagne. One of the few houses that crafts its wines in the traditional non-malolactic style (no oak influence), the blend of chardonnay and pinot noir has great balance, a creamy texture and a brilliant freshness on the honeyed, yeasty finish.

One of the few family-owned Grandes Marques (big brands), the house of Taittinger produces vintage treasures such as Decanter gold medal winner Taittinger Brut Millesime 2004 (£35, special offer, Majestic).

Suitable for a grand gala, or an intimate midnight toast, this divine champers is a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir. Hugely appealing and deliciously rich with intriguing biscuity aromas, pure citrus fruit and a sweeping finish, it's powerful enough to carry all your hopes and dreams for 2012.


If you're thirsty for a special occasion white, or want to treat someone try Casa Silva Quinta Generacion White 2009 (£15, http://www.barrelsandbottles.co.uk).

A Chilean beauty from this champion winemaker, Casa Silva's latest release is a sauvignon blanc and chardonnay dominant blend.