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Majestic sales of English sparkling wine brand Nyetimber and Chapel Down rose 58% and 36%, respectively. Photograph: Andrew Hasson

Sales rise 4.1% in crucial 10-week festive period, with English sparkling wine soaring courtesy of Brexit-effect on sterling.

Majestic Wine has reported strong Christmas sales, with consumers increasingly opting for English sparkling wine rather than champagne as their choice of festive fizz.

Ausone had two of the best-performing wines in December.

The main Liv-ex fine wine indices both suffered tiny declines in December but no way near enough to impact the big gains made throughout 2017.

The Fine Wine 50, 100 and 1000 indices slipped 0.1%, 0.1% and 0.96% respectively in the last month of 2017 but having built up such a head of steam during the rest of the year the dips were barely even a bump in the road leading into 2018.

Matt Kramer recommends a wine book like no other. Photo: Jon Moe

Never mind resolutions. How about temptations? Allow me to offer a few possibilities.

If you read one wine book in 2018, read this one. Most of us have slogged through all sorts of wine books; I've perpetrated a few myself (eight, to be precise).

Look for France’s well-priced crémants from Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire, and the Jura to make a splash this year. Photo: Nik MacMillan on Unsplash

Most of the wine world was happy to wave goodbye to 2017, a year of vine-killing frosts, hail, drought, and destructive wildfires in regions from California, to Chile, to Europe. Looking forward to 2018 is not only a relief; it’s exciting, because the year is full of promise. There will be new experimentation, exploration, and the continuing of trends we enjoyed from last year.

All those times some old person said, “You could take your eye out with that thing!” they were really preparing you for opening sparkling wine. Photo: JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

We did it! We made it through 2017! Not without quite a bit of wine though, and if 2018 is anything like this year, there’s going to be a lot more of it. That’s why New Year’s Wine Resolutions are more important than ever.