Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

For that really special occasion

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV

A sophisticated bottle from the oldest champagne house, dating from 1729. Fragrant, with fresh but full-bodied flavours of white peach and light citrus; perfect with oysters or smoked fish canapés. £60 or £44.98 each for two (as part of a purchase of six mixed bottles), majestic.co.uk

For a party popper

Sainsbury's Blanc de Noirs NV

Gold Medal winner in the International Wine Challenge, this is the kind of supermarket own-label wine that trumps many established names for value and flavour. Richly fruity, made with Chardonnay blended with Pinots Noir and Meunier. An aperitif or with nibbles. £20, Sainsbury's

For auld lang syne

Ridgeview Marksman Sparkling 2010

To celebrate the New Year, savour this gorgeous fizz in memory of Mike Roberts. The founder of Ridgeview in East Sussex, who raised the standard of English sparkling massively, died last month. Complex, long, balanced, packed with toasty, orchard-fruit flavours. £21 (until 1 January; normally £26), Marks & Spencer