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Which? members’ Christmas food and fizz Best Buys exclusive

Welcome to your exclusive Which? member Get it First Christmas food and drink Best Buys round up. We won’t be publishing details on our Christmas food and drink Best Buys in the magazine until next week. But as they’re always popular, we like to give members a chance to shop for them early, before they sell out.

Best Champagne

Top of the pops this Christmas, and one of three Best Buy Champagnes our experts recommend, is Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV Champagne (?39). Laurent-Perrier La Cuv?e Brut NV Champagne (?35) has also been named a Best Buy this year and was our third from top scorer.

If you want a more purse-friendly fizz, second in the rankings of those we tasted, and ?17 cheaper than our top scorer, is Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut NV Champagne (?21.99). It scored just 1% less than the Veuve, so definitely worth a trip to Waitrose for.

Best Prosecco

Spar Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG (?12) topped our budget chart this year and was our only Best Buy prosecco. But if you’re buying in bulk, our second-top scorer (Asda Fillipo Sansovino ?7.98) was just 1% behind and costs ?4 a bottle less.

Best winter red wine

We asked retailers to nominate a red wine they’d recommend for winter drinking that cost no more than ?8. Tesco Finest GSM 2015 (?8) was our only Best Buy in this category, but there are a few other reds worth a mention. Read your Which? magazine for all the info, plus our expert serving tips for all your Christmas tipples.

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Best Buy mince pies

This year we tested premium traditional mince pies, and there was just one that stood out enough to be awarded our coveted Best Buy status. Marks and Spencer The Collection Mince Pies (?2.50 for six) were the joint most expensive traditional pies we tasted but the clear winner for most of our experts, who were judging the pies on buttery aroma, crumbly pastry and well-spiced mincemeat containing fruit, nuts and a hint of booze. No M&S near you? Though our experts didn’t feel they deserved a Best Buy, our second top-scoring mince pies weren’t far behind M&S.

Read your Which? magazine when it pops through your letterbox next week to find out what they were and how other mince pies scored.

Gluten-free mince pies

If you’re gluten intolerant, or have someone coming to stay over Christmas who is, you’ll be pleased to know that one of the top-scoring gluten-free mince pies of those we tested this year was also one of the cheapest. Asda Free From Mince Pies (?1.50 for four) topped our taste test alongside Morrisons Free From Mince Pies (?2 for four) and Tesco Free From Deep Filled Mince Pies (?1.75 for four).

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Best Christmas pudding

If you’re looking for a Best Buy premium Christmas pudding, this year you’ll need to head to Lidl. The Lidl Deluxe 24-month matured Christmas pudding (?11.99, 907g) was the only premium pudding we tested that our experts deemed tasty enough to be named a Best Buy.

The liked the texture as well as the taste and commented on how the differently sized fillings gave it a cracked, homemade look (great if you want to hide the packaging and pass it off as your own).

But it packs a boozy punch, so it’s quite an adult pud.

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