Food and drink: Plan your own ‘Big Night’ at home 

Pick up a little Italian wine, a little Italian style

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If you have paced yourself through this multi-course marathon you can easily cap off the evening with an array of chocolate truffles from your favourite local purveyor and a lightly frizzante fruity ending based on the aromatic moscato grape. The fruity, orange ginger notes of the lightly sparkling moscato will set off the chocolate and send your guests home smiling.

Two delicious bottles are the Batasiolo Bosc Dla Rei Moscato d'Asti 2007 ($22) with its mineral, orange/ginger aromas and flavours and/or the very reliable Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato D'Asti ($18) in half bottles, that hits your palate with a whack of orange fruit and a paltry six per cent alcohol.

All you need do is add the music, Italian, of course, and you have a "big night" at home.

Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto www.gismondionwine.com

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