Smaller bottles can bring big benefits

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Curbing your thirst to appreciate a smaller sip not only has its health benefits but tipplers and singletons can experience a wider range of wines without the guilt of cracking open a full bottle.’s new year range features two dry whites and two healthy reds - ideal for couples who share different tastes or anyone stuck in a wine rut.

To ring in the changes, try Halfwine’s New Year Collection (£39.15, four bottles, {http://||Click here to visit}), which includes a fresh, forward sauvignon blanc, Domaine Masson-Blondelet, 2010 Sancerre, Thauvenay, France; a classic steely chablis, William Fevre, 2009 Chablis, France; a Burgundy from the famous winemaking village of Gevrey-Chambertin, Harmand-Geoffroy, 2008 Bourgogne Rouge, France, which is drinking beautifully as half-bottles mature faster than normal size; and a full-bodied, brambly sangiovese, Fontodi 2009 Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy.