In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)

In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)… and guess who foots the 55,000 bill Whitehall functions enjoy 5,000 bottles of wine and spirits in the last yearBill includes a 1906 bottle of Hine Grande Fine brandy worth 1,472Critics say officials should opt for 'modestly' priced drinks By Gerri Peev PUBLISHED: 18:15 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:48 GMT, 7 February 2013 GUests at Whitehall functions enjoyed 1,000 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1982, an older vintage than the bottle pictured Bottles of vintage wine worth more than 1,100 each have been quaffed at government parties at taxpayers' expense. Guests at official Whitehall functions were treated to 23 bottles of a 1982 vintage Chateau Margaux Bordeaux, which sells for up to 1,100 a bottle.

Mary Berry gives her top tips on how to make your Christmas dinner perfect

Plan ahead for a very Berry Christmas: Mary gives her top tips on how to make your dinner perfect Mary Berry said people often bought too much Christmas foodShe said planning should start in the early weeks of December | UPDATED: 04:39 GMT, 6 December 2012 Sage advice: Mary Berry offers some money-saving tips for the festive season It is the belt-straining finale to the Christmas meal, a massive pudding accompanied by oodles of brandy butter. But families would do better to either buy a smaller one or, preferably, bake their own, says TV cook Mary Berry