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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 The Doctors’ Riesling, Forrest Estate, NZ. Adnams, £8.99

ripe, grapey, floral riesling; 8.5% ABV makes it the perfect spring aperitif.

Cuvée Prestige, Vin de Pays, Maurel Vedeau. Tesco, £2.99 until Mar 25

easy-glugging white with its lively, lemony, juicy fruit and zesty finish

2007 Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc, NZ. Majestic 2 @ £6.99 each

powerful, spiky, verdant, gooseberry and white currant-stashed offering

2004 Antiyal, Alvaro Espinoza, Chile. Adnams, £19.99

vibrant, spicy, creamy fruit of his gorgeous, top-drawer carmenère

2000 Château de Sales, Pomerol. Majestic , £19.99

oozes with the bold, currant, prune and plum merlot flavours

Cuvée Prestige, Vin de Pays Maurel Vedeau. Tesco, £2.99 until Mar 25

oodles of vibrant, ripe, plummy fruit, which will slip down a treat

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2006 La Sabrosita, Old Vine Garnacha, £5.49. M&S

Spicy, ripe raspberry fruit; velvety texture. Great value

2006 Pasanau, Ceps Nous, Priorat, ~£12 Vineking, Sampler, Handford, PotG

Classy dark-berry and mineral flavours

2006 Piedra Azul, Toro, £7.95 Berry Bros & Rudd

Full-bodied, rich black-plum flavours

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Misterio Oak Aged Malbec, Finca Flichman. £4.99, Morrisons

ripe, but not overpowering; generous plum supported by damsony acidity

Veuve Edouard Champagne. £9.99, normally £19.99, Somerfield, until Tue

doesn't pretend to be Cristal, but has light, crisp, youthful and lemony flavours

2001 Clos du Mont Olivet Châteauneuf du Pape. £14.99, Majestic

leathery aromatic complexity and mellow tannins, with spice-infused richness

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2006 T Toro, Covitoro (3 @ £4.66 each Wine Rack)

rich, powerful, sun-drenched

2005 The Society's Exhibition Chablis 1er Cru, Mont du Milieu (£12.95)

steely, minerally

2005 Leitz Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneel Spätlese (£17, selected M&S)

racy, intensely flavoured, yet elegant.

2005 Château de la Garde, Bordeaux Supérieur (£9.99, Sainsbury's)

fleshy, stylishly oaked, Merlot-dominated

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

Five alcoholic drinks to pair with chocolate:
Bacchus Raspberry Beer, 5% vol, Belgium (£2.34 per 37.5cl; Sainsbury's)
2006 Andrew Quady Elysium (£7.99 Maj, Avery, AChapman, F&M, DMurray)
2004 Familia Zuccardi Malamado (£18.05; Gaucho, Field&Fawcett, Cellar Door)
2004 Corte St Alda Recioto della Valpolicella, (£27.50 Fortnum & Mason)
Baron de Sigognac VSOP Armagnac, (£20; Self, F&M, Rober, HNics,DByrne, Villen)

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Prinz Riesling Trocken 2006, Rheingau. £9.99, The Winery

Spiky, bracing, with blade-like acidity, clean minerality; fierce clarity

Karl Erbes Riesling Kabinett Ürziger Würzgarten 2004l. £7.49, Wait

sweetness that lends a softer juiciness to nectarine and red apple

Selbach-Oster Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2005. £11.95, BBR

Delicate, fine-boned and restrained, with savoury minerality

St Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese Feinherb 2005. £17.20, Winebarn

utterly charming, moreish off-dry wine that dances on the nose and palate


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