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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 Lindemans Winemakers Release Chardonnay, Somerfield, £3.99

snap up this crisp, crunchy, verdant chardonnay while you can

2007 Lindemans Winemakers Release Shiraz-Cabernet, Somerfield, £3.99

delivering fat, chunky, chocolatey, briary spice

2007 Hatzidakis Santorini Assyrtiko, Greece, Waitrose, £8.99

aniseed, apricot and volcanic soil-influenced fruit is a delight

2006 Dr Loosen Beerenauslese Riesling, Waitrose Direct £9.99

tiddly quarter-bottle size; very fine, honey, wax and flower-charged

2006 The Lane Pinot Grigio, Australia, Corney & Barrow £13.95

ripe, elegant, fragrant, spicy, fresh brown bread-scented fruit

2001 The Lane 19th Meeting Cabernet Sauvignon, Corney & Barrow, £19.25

ripe, silky, leafy, briary fruit sets it apart from the sub-£20 herd

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

Rashiku Junmai-Sake, £39.99 (Selfridges)

Silky smooth and complex; expensive, but top quality; 15.2% abv

Sawanotsuru Deluxe Sake, £5.99 (Waitrose)

Slightly sweet, but a good introduction; 14.3% abv

Urakasumi Zen Sake, £32.39 (www.tazakifoods.com)

Fresh and pure, with bread, apple and blue-cheese flavours

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Coteaux du Tricastin, Delas. 2 @ £4.99, to 7 April, Majestic

powerfully spicy, peppery blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault

2007 Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc, Neil Ellis. £6.99, Sainsburys

assertive green bean and capsicum aromas; zingy gooseberryish fruit

2006 Rogers & Peterson Schoolhouse Block Pinot. £17.99, Philglas Swiggot

fragrant cherryish undertones and an opulent smooth middle

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2004 Monbazillac, Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure (£9.95, H&H Bancroft)

honeyed, lightly oaked, refreshing, Sauternes-like

2007 Tempus Two Moscato, South-Eastern Australia (£7.99, 8%, Tesco)

In a lighter, frothier style, the grapey, citrus-tinged

2005 Coteaux du Layon Beaulieu, SDGN (£13.95 Lea & Sandeman)

appley, tarte tatin-like

2005 De Trafford Straw Wine, Stellenbosch (£19.22 Bibendum)

toasty, multi-layered

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2005 Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel (£7.99 Waitrose, until April 1)

full of luscious brambly fruit, plums, spice, pepper and even chocolate

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV (£16.99 Somerfield, until March 25)

hints of apples, pears and toast, it is delightfully approachable

2007 The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc (£8.95 Wine Society)

crammed with ripe gooseberries and sweet tropical fruit

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Dom de Piaugier Sablet Les Briguières. 2 @ £7.99 Majestic

Red berries and a whiff of farmyards on a cool morning

Dom de la Janasse Terre de Bussière 2006. £7.99, Majestic

work well with the richer flavours of lamb

Tesco Finest Crozes-Hermitage 2005. £6.99, Tesco

hint of savagery about it, and so really does need to be drunk with food

Domaine Vincent Paris Granit 30 2005, Cornas. £22.45, Jeroboams

surprisingly slinky with some minerality and dense, black fruit


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