Our guide to buy wine for Bonfire Night

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If you are planning to buy wine for Bonfire Night, first a word of warning - if you have an actual bonfire or fireworks to set off, somebody should be the designated non-drinker to take care of these with a clear head.

If you are planning to buy wine for Bonfire Night, first a word of warning - if you have an actual bonfire or fireworks to set off, somebody should be the designated non-drinker to take care of these with a clear head.With that said, there's no reason why your guests shouldn't enjoy a glass of wine during the display, or a few more drinks once the fireworks and fire are finished and the area is completely safe.A great red wine for this time of year is Cote Rotie La Turque by Marcel Guigal, a Syrah we still have a few bottles in stock from the 1997 vintage.This delivers a smoky flavour with hints of roast beef, layered with the taste of seasonal berries and a creamy mouthfeel.It's an excellent balance of seasonal flavours that work well together and should ensure a 5th of November to remember.If you're not looking to spend quite so much on a statement bottle, De Bortoli Black Noble is a superb sweet Semillon available in a half-bottle size, just enough to give everyone a taste during the display.The wine is from Australia, but bears a striking resemblance to Spanish wines from the Jerez region - and with toffee and treacle notes, it's perfect for Bonfire Night.Best of all, this one also packs a hint of Christmas cake, so once Guy Fawkes Night is over, you'll have a second chance to really make the most of anything you have left.Finally, if you don't want to buy wine but want a suitable alternative for this Guy Fawkes Night, a bottle of Fifty Pounds Gin is an excellent start.Produced by Thames Distillers, it has that Parliamentary connection to suit the occasion, and takes its name from the 1736 Gin Act, which imposed a huge £50 tax on any distillery that wanted to produce gin.

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