There's nothing more satisfying than inviting a group of friends over for an evening filled with good food, great conversation and mouth-watering wine.
So TalkTalk have teamed up with Naked Wines to offer our community a 12-bottle case of wine worth £120.88 for just £44.99 - that's over 60% off! Or, alternatively, you can use a £60 voucher on any purchase over £99.99*. Click here to redeem the offer.
Now we've got you in the mood for hosting, here are five dinner party mistakes you would do well to avoid:
1. Serving pricey Champagne instead of Prosecco
In 9 out of 10 blind tastings, Prosecco beats Champagne. It's what people like to drink – not what they think they should drink!
We love Naked Wines' highly rated Sacchetto Prosecco. It tastes just how pure, classic, no-nonsense Prosecco is meant to be: elegant bubbles dissolve in a soft lemony foam on your tongue. Perfect for posh smoked salmon starters!
Sacchetto Prosecco Col de L'Utia Brut 2015 – Normal price: £14.49, Angel Price: £9.99
2. Matching the wrong food and wine
Food and wine pairing doesn't need to be tricky. Just think about matching the weight of both the wine and the food – full-bodied wines pair well with richer foods, and vice versa.
Looking for a big, bold red to pair with a juicy steak? Dominic Hentall's Primitivo is a powerhouse of a red that still packs a punch whilst retaining a velvety Italian elegance. It's gorgeously deep and dark and decadent, and so smooth it'll slip down far too quickly.
Dominic Hentall Primitivo IGT Puglia 2014 – Normal price: £11.99, Angel Price: £8.99
3. Serving wine with a fancy label, long cork, and a bottle so big you can barely lift it
Big companies spend a fortune on heavy glass, labelling and flashy seals. That's money you could've spent better – on the wine itself.
Need a lightweight wine that's good for small bites and nibbles? Bill and Claudia's top-rated Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, is ripe and juicy. Packed full of classic gooseberry and kiwi flavours, it'll leave your tongue tingling for hours.
Small and Small Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – Normal price: £11.99, Angel price: £8.99
4. Forgetting the Port
A posh party wouldn't be complete without the perfect Port. Oscar Quevedo has some great food pairing ideas for his delicious ruby Port. And what better excuse to introduce a cheese course?
Rich and Sweet, Oscar Quevedo's ruby Port is the perfect tipple to stand-up to strong, tangy cheese flavours.
Quevedo Ruby Port – Normal Price: £13.49, Angel price: £9.99
5. And the worst that can happen?... running out!
Perhaps one of the easiest ways you can avoid this is by trying a nifty online wine provider like Naked Wines. Naked don't just sell wines – they make them happen. Naked's 170,000 customers, called Angels, fund talented, independent winemakers wanting to set up their own business, but who don't have the cash to do so. In return, Angels get rewarded with delicious wines – which they've helped to create – at affordable prices. You can be sure all wines have been lovingly made by a talented winemaker and stripped of all the costs adding nothing to the flavor or quality of the juice in the bottle.
So why not give Naked Wines a try yourself? All you have to do is visit www.nakedwines.com/talktalk to use your voucher – and taste the delicious difference Angel funding makes.
*This offer is for £60 off the Talk Talk case, or £60 off £99.99 elsewhere on the site. The offer is for UK residents aged 18 and over and for new customers only. For full terms see www.nakedwines.com/terms.htm