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12:10 UK time, Monday, 26 December 2011

A service highlighting the richness of the daily press.

Top of the list of things that are best avoided, is the scrum of the sales. You might get hurt, you see - a sharp-elbow in the ribs as you reach for the last, must-have chunky-knit sweater, for example.

However, if the thought of sitting in your car as the traffic snakes back for miles outside the shopping centre, listening to that Michael Buble Christmas songs CD again, doesn't curb your zeal for shopping, a story in The Daily Telegraph might.

The paper reveals that carrying heavy shopping bags can increase mental stress. According to researchers, shoppers who are physically weighed down subconsciously think about "more important and stressful" thoughts.

And what could be more important than weighing up which wine to serve with your festive cheeseboard? Red wine and cheese are simply made for each other - aren't they? Apparently not. Under the headline, "debunking a myth: when red wines and cheese don't mix", The Daily Telegraph writes:

It's enough to give an aspiring dinner party host nightmares and breaks one of the most established rules of dining, but experts say white wine is a much better match for cheese than red.

It goes on to say that among cheeses often associated with red wine are those with a particularly creamy texture and blues. But the creaminess can be drowned out by the more bitter tannin contained in the reds, it says. Reds, experts say, dominate all but the most strong-tasting cheeses.

More good news for white-wine drinkers. The Guardian reports that the first English sparkling wine made by a French champagne maker is to go on sale soon. The papers welcomes the news as "the clearest sign that British fizz is coming of age."

It reports that the planned release of the English wine by the owner of a grand cru vineyard in Champagne "comes as established English vintners of champagne-style sparkling wines report a dramatic growth in sales and demand."

Now Paper Monitor will raise a glass to that.

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