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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 La Basca Uvas Blancas, M&S £3.99 until October 1

fat, spicy, verdant, principally verdejo-based Spanish white

2006 Palacio del Marques Tempranillo-Syrah, M&S £2.99 until Oct 1

lifted by a splash of syrah to deliver ripe, plummy, exotic fruit

2004 Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red, NZ, Waitrose £7.49 until Sep 30

smoky scent, sweet, grainy red fruits and ripe velvety finish

2005 Errazuriz Estate Sangiovese, Waitrose, £5.24 until Sep 30

glorious, fine, fat, violet-scented briary red

2005 Bourgogne Cuvée Oligocène, Javillier, Lay & Wheeler £14.49

oozes elegant, scented, steely, hazelnut, lemon and glacé fruit spice

2006 Langhe Arneis, Bricco Cappellina, Voerzio, Lay & Wheeler, £12

nutty, stone fruit-layered complexity from the arneis grape

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2007 Tesco South African Chenin Blanc, £2.99

Fresh, grapefruity, softly nutty and creamy. Drink within a year

2005 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Marc Colin, £9.89 A&B Vintners

Honeyed, spicy, mineral. Delicious now and for at least two years

2005 Sasso, Aglianico del Vulture, £6.99 Selected Waitrose

Distinctive Italian red: earthy cherry and dark chocolate flavours

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Tagus Creek Shiraz and Trincadeira. £4.99, Tesco

vivid, spicy blackberry-fruit flavours; long-lasting impression

2007 Cono Sur Riesling Reserve, Chile. £5.24, Waitrose, to 30 Sep

scented, crisp dry riesling.

2005 Loma Larga Syrah, Chile. £12.10, Justerini & Brooks

aromatic, peppery red, with intense black fruits and supple tannins

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2005 Crozes-Hermitage, Cave de Tain (£7.99, Marks & Spencer)

Spicy, meaty

2004 St Joseph, Cuvée Prestige, Cave St Désirat (£9.99, Waitrose)

elegant, peppery

2006 Excelsior Paddock Shiraz, Robertson (£5.99, Tesco)

richer style; rich, chocolatey

2002 Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz, (2 @£9.99 Majestic)

powerful, densely fruity

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

Jonathan suggests wines to follow World Cup Rugby teams

Argentina (50-1) Its rugby team is getting better and better, as are its wines. Grab some peachy, citrussy Torrontés, Argentina's "signature" grape, or some beefy Malbecs or Syrahs and watch the Pumas confound the critics.
Australia (12-1) Trays of Castlemaine, Fosters, Coopers and Tooheys are flying off the shelves, but since the Wallabies could go all the way you will need to be well stocked with wine, too. For the quarter-finals put the Yellow Tail Bubbles on ice; for the semis Green Point Brut and, for the final, Clover Hill Brut.
Canada (5,000-1) Forget dreary Molson and Labatt lager and grab some Canadian wine. A soft, mellow red or aromatic white from British Columbia should help ease the pain of defeat. Save the nectar that is Inniskillin's sparkling Icewine for when Canada reach the final. Ha!
England (25-1) In the event of victory a fine sparkler such as Nyetimber, Chapel Down, RidgeView or Balfour Brut Rosé will be needed. In the event of defeat lots of London dry gin or copious quantities of fine English bitter.
Fiji (1,000-1) Mouth-numbing Yaqona, aka Kava (see Samoa and Tonga). Etiquette demands that on drinking it one should clap hands once and down it in one, after which everyone else claps three times and laughs uproariously at your folly.
France (10-1) So much to choose from (see venue guide, below) but in the event of the hosts doing well, it has to be the finest Champagne.

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru Champagne, £27.50, Lea & San

makes its presence felt; reminds you that champagne is a wine

Saam Chenin Blanc 2006, South Africa, £5.95, Bibendum

warm ripeness of cooked pears; crisp, clean finish

Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico 2005, Italy, £7.99, Waitrose

robust, blood-and-guts warmth. Drinking, more than thinking wine

La Segreta Bianco 2006, Italy, £8.85, Carluccio's

Very aromatic; lively citrus with some florality and a richer undertow


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