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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 Domaine de l’Olivette, France, Waitrose, £4.99

organic white; big food-suitable, concentrated, nutty, smoky star

PX Pedro Ximenez Finest Sherry, Tesco, £4.99, 50cl.

A wondrous winter sticky; luscious, concentrated liquid

2006 Les Fumées Blanches, Sauvignon Blanc, Majestic £4.99 offer

intense, zesty, herby, gooseberry and white currant fruit

2006 Finest Chablis, Tesco £4.99 from Dec 5 to January 3

superb, smoky, steely scent and ripe, floral, nutty, faintly cheesy palate

2006 Muscadet La Régate, Pierre Bonnet, Sainsbury’s, £2.99.

appley, lemony muscadet makes a perky winter aperitif

2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Vignerons Catalans Sainsbury’s, £3.79

lively, fragrant, grassy yet juicy style

2006 Vignale Pinot Grigio, Italy, Waitrose, £3.99.

light, elegant, thirst-quenching, grapey, lemony fruit

2006 Verdicchi dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, Marks & Spencer, £4.99

lively, elegant, barley sugar-spiked white

2006 Inycon Fiano, Cantine Settesoli, Waitrose, £4.99.

brilliant value for money; seductive banana-scented bouquet

2006 Gran Familia White Rioja, Castillo de Fuenmayor, Co-op; Tesco £4.99

rich, smoky-oaky white; grapey, vanillary fruit

2007 Steeple Jack Unwooded Chardonnay, Tesco, £4.99

vigorous, rich, ripe, chewy, melon and peach fruit

2007 Australian Reserve Riesling-Gewürztraminer, Angoves Tesco, £4.49

exotic, spicy, rose, peach and lychee-scented flavours.

2007 Casa Leona Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, Marks & Spencer £4.39 offer

vibrant, mouthwatering green-tomato and green-bean flavours

2006 Paul Mas Cabernet de Cabernet, Majestic, £4.99 offer

oodles of ripe, juicy, herbaceous, spicy fruit

2005 Château Le Fregne, Bordeaux, Majestic £4.99 on offer

austere, herby, full-flavoured fruit

2006 Réserve Naturelle Merlot, Vins Vivants Tesco, £4.99.

organic; bouncy merlot fruit; easy-swigging winter red

2005 Château de Pennautier, Cabardès, Majestic, £4.99 offer

fruit-driven triumph, bursting with beefy, herby, supple, cedary fruit

2006 Nathalie & Co, Syrah-Carignan, Co-op 2 @ £4 offer

Wallow in this juicy red’s zesty, black-pepper fruit.

2006 Ravelli Rosso delle Venezie, Sainsbury’s; Waitrose, £3.99

high acidity and assertive, slightly bitter fruit cut through the richness

2005 Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno, Schiavo, D. byrne £4.59; Majestic £4.99 offer

intriguing, ripe, earthy, dusky, red fruits-scented style

2004 Señorio de Lampedusa, Navarra, Thresher/Wine Rack 3 @ £3.99

plumped up with lots of rich, ripe, plummy and blackcurranty fruit.

2003 Berberana Reserva, Spain, Tesco £4.49 until December 4

must-buy; elegant, mature, ripe, gamey scented fruit

2004 Down South Cabernet Sauv-Franc, Thresher/Wine Rack 3 @ £4.99

hefty, smoky and decidedly chunky 14.5 per cent alcohol fruit

2006 Adobe Carmenère, Chile, Majestic 2 @ £4.99 offer; Wine Soc £5.25

thick with rich, ripe, curranty, creosotey fruit ; dusky, laurel-leaf finish

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2004 Pulenta Estate Gran Corte, £17.95 (Berry Bros)

Iimpressive, big, cabernet-merlot-malbec blend

2006 Tilia Malbec, £7.99 (3 @ £5.33 Thresher, Wine Rack)

Polished, peppery plum and blackberry flavours

2006 Argento Malbec, £4.99-£5.99 (widely available)

Ripe blackberry and gently spicy oak flavours

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Soave Classico. £3.48, Asda

this juicy example of the garganega grape is refreshingly zippy.

2004 Monasterio de Santa Ana Crianza. £8.99, Tesco

Pepper and subtle vanilla oak spiciness combine with dark brambly fruit

2006 Tobiano Pinot Noir. £12.99 on offer M&S

fragrant strawberry-scented red with opulent cherry fruitiness

the Observer - Tim Atkin

Tesco's Finest Prosecco Brut (£8.99)

creamy and elegant, with fine bubbles and good acidity

Adami Prosecco Valdobbiadene Spumante Brut (£10.65, Astrum)

frothy and fresh with notes of citrus fruit and boiled sweets

Perlage Prosecco Valdobbiadene Col di Manza (£9.49, Vinceremos)

quite sweet; mature, honeyed style with real intensity

Casa Coste Piane Prosecco Valdobbiadene (£8.79, Caves de Pyrène)

crisp, complex and refined; partly cloudy - bottled without disgorgement

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2006 Torres Viña Sol, Spain (£3.97-£5.99; most supermarkets)

fresh and fruity, with hints of spice and a touch of creaminess

2005 Domaine du Tariquet Chenin/Chardonnay (£4.99 Majestic)

appealing blend of 75 percent Chenin and 25 percent Chardonnay

2005 Sylvaner Hugel, France (£5.95; Wine Society)

charming, crisp, clean and aromatic white that makes a perfect apéritif

2005 The Naked Grape Riesling, Germany (£5.99; Waitrose)

Appley-crisp, refreshing and off-dry; pure, straightforward

2007 Cottesbrook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, (£5.99; Tesco)

cut grass, nettles and gooseberries; elegant

2007 Los Nucos Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile (£3.99; Marks & Spencer)

cassis on the nose and delightfully well-balanced fruit and tannin

2004 Château Chadeuil, France (£4.35 Bordeaux Undiscovered)

could give far better-known clarets a run for their money

2006 Red Heart Cabernet Sauv/Petit Verdot (£4.99; Asda, Nisa, Sains)

tasty too, lusciously ripe, juicy and blackcurranty

2003 The Bay Pinotage, South Africa (£5.99; Co-op)

Ripe, juicy and flavoursome, from Hamilton Russell vineyards

2006 Cono Sur Pinot Noir, Chile (£5.99; Somerfield)

full of voluptuous dark, spicy cherry fruit with whiffs of game

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Clos d'Yvigne 'Le Rouge et Le Noir' 2004, £7.99, Majestic

sturdy and vigorous and superbly good value.

Canale Estate Merlot 2005 Argentina, £7.99 on offer Marks & Spencer

plenty of oomph; also has a restraint and fruitcakey elegance.

Juniper Crossing Cabernet-Merlot 2005, Australia, £9.50, Adnams

imitates claret, but is bolder, juicier and more approachable

Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Merlot 2005, Chile, £13.99, Booths

Big and heavy, with burnished oak threading through the generous fruit


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