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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 Cuvée Chasseur, Waitrose, £2.99.

delivers a fiver's worth of fat, juicy, plum and vanilla-scented fruit

2006 Chapel Hill Sauv Blanc, Hungary, Waitrose £3.25 until Jan 29

atypical aniseed, white peach and tropical fruit flavours

2006 Veramonte Sauv Blanc Reserva, Somerfield £5.59 until Feb 12

oozes with mouthwatering, yet delicate verdant fruit

2005 Veramonte Cab Sauvignon Reserva, Somerfield £5.59 Feb 12

rich, ripe, cassis fruit plus a fine oaky finish

2001 Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru, Bouzereau Lay & Wheeler £19.50 on offer

terrific creamy, hazelnutty fruit is at its most elegant

2004 Barbera d’Alba Superiore, Parusso, Lay & Wheeler, £15

rich, velvety, floral, perfumed, yet tangy fruit an aficionado could ask for

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2006 Porcupine Ridge Syrah, £5.24-£6.99 Waitrose on offer

Succulent berry and pepper flavours. Great value

2006 TMV Swartland Syrah, £12.99. selected Waitrose

Rich, ripe, plummy, spicy. A new Cape star

2005 La Motte Shiraz Viognier, £9.99 Tesco

Aromatic, full, spicy, supple and long

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Steeple Jack Unwooded Chardonnay. £4.99, Tesco

fresh, ripe, peach and pineappley fruitiness

2007 Anakena Single Vineyard Viognier. 3 @ £5.66, Thresh, WRack

floral scents with rich, peachy fruit and a light touch of oak

Churton Pinot Noir, Marlborough. £13.40, Tanners

finely crafted wine; not a million miles from fine Savigny-les-Beaune

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2006 South African Pinotage (£3.49, Asda)

great fireside red with notes of wild strawberry and liquorice

2006 Colmado Tempranillo, Campo de Borja (£3.59, Majestic)

Strawberry fruit is backed up by a core of tannin.

2007 Los Nucos Cabernet Sauvignon, Luis Felipe Edwards (£3.99, M&S)

packed with blackcurrants and embellished with an oak character

2006 Torre Beratxa Red, Navarra (£4.99, selected Threshers)

peppery, refreshing and brimming with strawberry flavours.

2006 Canaletto Pinot Noir, Pavia (£4.99, Tesco)

Violet scents and bright cherry flavours.

2006 Otra Vida Malbec, Mendoza (£4.99, Sainsbury's)

blackberryish, Chilean-owned example

Asda Cava Brut (£3.76, or three for £10, Asda)

delicious bottle of fizz at this price

2006 Sainsbury's Verdicchio dei Castelli Jesi (£3.99, Sainsbury)

honeyed, nutty; good weight and a pleasant, seedy twist.

2007 Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc, Pablo Morande (£4.99, M&S)

crisp with Sauvignon characters.

2006 Portal da Aguia Branco, Ribatejo (£4.99, Oddbins)

ginger-scented blend with lively acidity and rich, buttery flavours

2006 Tesco Macon Villages (£4.96, Tesco)

crisp, citrus acidity, a mealy texture and lovely poise and length

Waitrose Manzanilla Fina Sherry (£4.99, Waitrose)

deliciously nutty Manzanilla with a sea salt tang and a bone-dry finish

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2007 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauv Blanc (£8.99; Asd, Maj, Sai, Tes, Thre, Wai)

wonderfully aromatic and zesty, and right up my street

2005 Los Vascos Grande Reserve Chile (£8.99; selected Waitrose)

full of class at a great price, and I love it

2004 Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz (£10.99; Tes, Thrr, Som)

beautifully made, with lovely dark plummy fruit and enormous depth

2006 Marks & Spencer White Burgundy (£5.99)

decent white Burgundy for under six quid?

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Tenuta del Portale Aglianico del Vulture 2004. £9.95, Berry Bros

Savoury, with a pleasing dryness, and plenty of meat to it, too.

Sasso Aglianico del Vulture 2005, £6.99, Waitrose

welcome minerality; loose, open texture

Respiro Aglianico Rotolo 2000, £14.99, Negozio Classica

Generous, savoury and rich (in an ample, earthy way)

Cantine Settesoli Aglianico 2006, Rosso di Sicilia, £4.99, Majestic

soft-and-round-and-full in the mouth, spicily satisfying


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