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THE QUESTION: What's your go-to tipple for Christmas Eve?

THE ANSWER: Don't take it from me. Take it from the man who'll be working harder than you on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus. Big Red's survival secret? Sherry. I know this because I've shared some with him. Not at the same time, mind you, but we've sipped from the same glass. I leave it on the mantel full. In the morning, it's always half empty, a symbolic wink from him to me. I finish the rest the next day when I need my own delicious bracer to maintain sanity and stamina. I love sherry. A retro drink, it harkens back to more innocent holidays past. There's a delicious, slightly sweet one called Alvear Amontillado, available for about $15 in several provinces. But brand doesn't matter much; they're all good. I enjoy a pour before Santa gets here, too. It's the perfect bracer to take the edge off the madness - or loneliness - of Christmas Eve.

Beppi Crosariol is the Globe and Mail's wine columnist.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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