Bored with wine-bores? Had it with guests ruining your parties by endlessly droning on about the relative merits of French and American Oak, or the latest Parker scores? If so, we have the solution. Spice up your evenings with a couple of wine games, guaranteed to lift the spirits and get you back to enjoying, rather than enduring, what you drink.

Wine game No 1: Back Label Charades.

This is a fun-filled alternative to that old family favourite. Simply choose a series of phrases from those masterpieces of purple prose, the wine bottle back label, and get guests to act them out. Aunty Gertrude doing "velvety tannins and voluptuous, mouth-filling flavours" is sure to have everyone in stitches.