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week beginning 01/10/2007

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2005 Menetou-Salon, Le Clos du Pressoir. Corney & Barrow £10.25

leafy, floral sauvignon blanc with lots of ripe, racy fruit

1998 Clos des Amandiers Pomerol, Corney & Barrow, £17.95

terrific, gamey, truffley fruit is definitely ready for drinking now

2007 Spy Mountain Riesling, Marlborough, Tesco, £6.49 until Oct 9

gorgeous fat, ripe, spicy, classic, kerosene-scented riesling

2005 Yering Station MVR, Tesco, £7.49 until October 9

delectable, ripe, spicy, pineappley-redolent winter white

2006 Gran Tempranillo, Cariñena, Spain, Sainsbury’s, £2.99

seductively spiced; blessed with lots of rich, juicy, plummy fruit

2005 Château Peyriac, Minervois, France, Sainsbury’s, £3.99

lovely, fat, inky, spicy, black fruits-charged, syrah-dominant minervois

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

Kasteel Cru, £1.49 (Waitrose).

Crisp, appley, citrusy lager from Alsace

Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer, £1.50 (widely available).

Toasty, wheaty, smooth.

Brakspear Triple, £1.99 (Sainsbury's, Asda).

Powerful, fruity, malty beer.

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Argento Rosé. £3.99 Tesco Autumn Festival

Argento has cherry-picked this crisp, dry rosé

2006 Stamford Brook Viognier. £5.99, Sainsbury's

fresh, floral aromas and peachy opulence

2003 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano La Ciarliana. £11.99, Majestic

smooth, cherry-raspberry, herby red; great for roasts

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2005 Canaletto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (£4.99, Sainsbury's)

juicy, plum- and cherry-like

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference 12-year-old Oloroso (£6.99)

a nutty, dry Sherry at a giveaway price

Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve NV (£22.99 Majestic)

one of the best non-vintage Champagnes

2004 Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma (£24.95, Liberty)

broad, brambly red with real guts

2005 Bald Hills Pinot Noir (£23.99, Ellis; nzhouseofwine.co.uk)

silky, textured, palate-caressing

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2006 Clos de Los Siete Argentina (£10.99; Wait, Odd, Maj, Har)

ideal match for a big, fat, juicy steak

2005 Green Point Brut Australia (£12.99; Averys)

crisp, ripe and rounded - an excellent aperitif

2002 Moulin de La Lagune (2 @ 99 Majestic)

Classy stuff indeed, with a nice bit of bottle age

2005 Rully Premier Cru, Joseph Drouhin (£9.99; Waitrose)

soft, buttery, toasty example, fermented in steel and aged in oak

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Bull's Blood, about as robust a wine as you're likely to find, does go rather well with goulash. And peasanty (or at least not super-posh) wine is about the best thing you can drink with most simple, rustic one-pot dishes, which is just as well, because they're usually budget meals. Even with casseroles and stews, though, you could do worse than look for a wine from the same region (or at least country) as the dish, so as to find some sort of taste correlation. So, a Spanish dish with onions fried to caramelised softness and scented with sweet, smoky paprika will meld with a soft, hay and ripe strawberries tempranillo. A heavy Gascon meat and beans stomach-stretcher can be met by an equally sturdy cahors, or lightened with a spry marcillac. Italian garlic sausages with lentils like a slightly medicinal sangiovese. And so on. But don't ignore New World reds - their firm, no-nonsense character is especially good with strident tomato- and pepper-flavoured stews. Including Hungarian goulash.


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