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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 Cono Sur Sauvignon Blanc, Sainsbury’s £3.99 until March 11

intense, sweet, zesty, curranty pizazz.

2006 Cono Sur Merlot, Sainsbury’s, £3.99 until March 11.

oozes with just enough fat, inky, spiced-plum

2004 Marques Concordia Crianza Rioja, Majestic 2 @ £4.49 until Jan 10

elegant, ripe, herby, smoky, gamey style

2007 Southbank Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Majestic 2 @ £4.99 Jan 10

gorgeous, screwcapped Kiwi sauvignon; lively, lemony, floral, herby

2002 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru aux Grands Liards, Simon Bize, Armit £18.67

splendid, ripe, plummy red burgundy from a good vintage

2004 Niersteiner Riesling Spätlese, Baron Heyl, Armit, £12.10

waxy, honey and crystallised lime fruit; wonderfully welcoming aperitif

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2003 Torres Gran Sangre de Toro, £6.99 (Sains, CoOp, Waitr)

Full, spicy, smooth. A great-value red, but set to rise in price

2005 Coralillo Merlot-Malbec, £11.49 (Oddbins)

Very polished and sophisticated Chilean take on red Bordeaux

2005 Peter Lehmann Riesling, £7.99 (Highb; Scatch; VinduVan; N Young)

Much awarded, lime-scented dry Oz white

the Independent - Anthony Rose

Innocent Beetroot, Apples, Pears and Ginger Smoothie. £1.89

hint of borscht; grace notes of spice. Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose

Sunraysia Pure Squeezed Organic Carrot Juice. £2.99 Waitrose

Rooty-fruity flavour; claims to aid digestion; rich in beta-carotene

Daylesford Sparkling Apple & Bilberry juice. £3.40 daylesfordorganic.com

Crisp and tangy; you can almost imagine yourself drinking rosé fizz

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2003 Marqués de Vargas Rioja Reserva (£18, Jeroboams)

modern, stylishly oaked, Tempranillo-dominated

2005 Château Rozier, St Emilion (£15.45, Berry Brothers)

rich, ample, deeply coloured

2004 Gaja Barbaresco (£75, Armit)

tightly wound, beautifully balanced; core of sweet fruit

2003 Taylor's Vintage Port (£52.25, www.waitrosewine.com)

structured, fiery and fortified with striking depth and power

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2005 Leitz Berg Roseneck Old Vines Riesling (£17; M & S)

complex nose of honey and petrol; crisp, yet lusciously rich

Selfridges Prosecco NV, 11% vol, Italy (£11.50; Selfridges)

dry to off-dry, light and refreshing, and full of delicious appley fruit

2006 Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz, (£13.99; Hdly Wrght; Grt Grg; Butlers)

massive chocolaty smooth and mouth-filling beauty;

2005 Joseph Phelps "Le Mistral", (£27.50; selected Waitrose)

vibrant peppery, spicy blend

2005 Lea & Sandeman Bordeaux, France (£6.95)

soft and supple, with excellent structure and typical Bordeaux fruit

2006 Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (£4.99 X 2 Majestic)

supremely drinkable - crisp, dry and full of juicy citrus flavours.

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Loncomilla Carignan 2001, Chile £9.99, Marks & Spencer

vivid black, thyme-marinated olives; ripe black fruit

Tiefenbrunner 'Kirchleiten' Sauvignon Blanc 2006, Italy £11.48, Armit

minerallic, sculpted, streamlined, herbaceous

Masi Masianco 2006, Italy £7.99, Tesco

more roundness and hinterland than you'd think

Altano 2005 Douro, Portugal £4.99, Waitrose; £4.75, Wine Soc

red berry flavours; considerably less bland than many at this price


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