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What to drink for Christmas

By Kathleen Burk   January 2004

Do you give someone a better version of what they already like to drink? Or do you give them something entirely new?

Let’s begin with sherry. Three years of drinking bad sherry at university has put off thousands from ever drinking it again. This is a mistake. There are impressive sherries out there, and because the drink is unfashionable, their cost is rather below their value. As an aperitif, sherry is almost unrivalled (the challenger is dry or Sercial madeira, especially that produced by Henriques & Henriques for £11.99, which Waitrose stock). Or you could wrap up a bottle of…

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