More than £17,500 has been spent topping up the government wine cellar since the election, it has emerged.
It brings the total value of fine wine stored for VIP functions to £864,000, a Commons answer by Foreign Office minister Henry Bellingham revealed.
Labour’s Tom Watson said the Tory-Lib Dem coalition should sell the wine to boost the public finances, quoting Tory slogan “we’re all in this together”.
The government says it buys wine young to ensure the best value for taxpayers.
Last year, Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster accused the then Labour government of “living way beyond their means” after ministers revealed 39,500 bottles of wine, spirits and liqueurs worth around £792,000 were in storage.
Conservative MP Mr Bellingham’s written answer revealed that Government Hospitality (GH), the branch of the Foreign Office which manages the cellar, had spent £17,698 on new stock since 6 May.