An illustration of a waiter on ice skates
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Top 20 sparkling wines

No shortage of luxurious fizz for the holidays with a few bargains at the top of the list

On the menu

Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris
In his 25th year of writing for the FT, our Restaurant Insider shares his highlights from around the globe
Chocolate coin
‘A plea for next year: a dark chocolate coin, for adults only. Aren’t we allowed a treat too?’
Ingram Pinn illustration
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Top 20 white and fortified wines

These vintages gained a score of at least 17 out of 20 and range from sweet and/or strong to dry and light

Christmas red wines

Twenty of the finest reds to have spread themselves across my palate over the past few months

Shoulder of venison with bacon and celeriac
©Andy Sewell

Recipe: venison with bacon and celeriac

I have enrolled on my own Aga anger management course. It involves alcoholic self-medication

restaurant reviews
Maison Pic

Maison Pic, Valence, France

In the spacious restaurant there is a studied calm, with nothing to detract from the pleasure of the food and wine

The NoMad Bar
©Frances F. Denny

Cheap eats in New York

The chefs make 800 tortillas an hour, filled with hunks of spit-roasted pork laced with pineapple

The imposing interior of Spring restaurant
©Amber Rowlands

Spring, London

‘The redevelopment reveals a style of restaurant that London has not seen for many years’

Donna Carmela
©Alfio Garozzo

Four restaurants in Catania, Sicily

The mozzarella was the whitest, freshest, saltiest and most delicious I have yet encountered

Ariana II, Kilburn
©Charlie Bibby

Colbeh and Ariana II, London

‘The warmth generated by the naan oven made me realise that this set-up is the original “‘open kitchen”’

Gordon Ramsay restaurant
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

‘We shared a glass of Barbeito Rainwater Madeira over Smyth’s signature dessert, a lemonade parfait’

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