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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2005 Salice Salentino, La Masseria, Italy, Wine Rack 3 @ £3.99

easy-glugging red; cherry-laden fruit makes it a juicy partner to meaty pastas

2003 Berberana Reserva, Carta de Oro Rioja. Thre, WneRck £4.99 on offer

delivering all manner of seductive sandalwood scents

2006 Vouvray, Domaine du Vieux Vauvert, Waitrose £4.79 on offer

light, grapey, off-dry green apple and rice pudding-stashed vouvray

2005 Domaine du Joncier Lirac, France, Waitrose £5.99 on offer

bristles with similar burly, herby, inky, faintly summer pudding-scented fruit

2006 Petite Arvine, Vigne Champorette, Les Crêtes. Caves de Pyrène £16

quirky Alpine Italian white; fat, apricot and lemon-spiked fruit is a joy

2002 Arbois, Cuvée des Géologues, Lucien Aviet. Caves de Pyrène, £14

tasty, savoury, spicy fruit; makes a change from the usual run of French reds

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2007 Apremont de Savoie, Domaine des Rocailles, £5.99 Waitrose

Light, zesty, grassy, sea-salty white, and only 11.5% abv; limited offer

2005 Chignin Bergeron, £12.75 Vine Trail

Outstanding, rich, honeyed yet fresh and dry Savoie white

2002 Arbois, Cuvée des Géologues, Lucien Aviet, £12.35 Caves de Pyrène

Rare red Jura made from trousseau. Tastes like good burgundy

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Gérard Bertrand Muscat. £4.99, Tesco

refreshingly juicy and spicy dry white

2007 Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir. £5.99, Oddbins

sumptuously strawberryish red with classic fragrance

2005 Cline Cashmere, California. £12.49, Oddbins

richly fruity, heady blend of textured raspberry and damson plum

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Tasmania Sauvignon Blanc, Tamar Ridge (£7.99, M & S)

intense, gooseberry-scented, New Zealand-like

2006 The Society's Exhibition Tasmanian Chardonnay, (£9.95, Wine Soc)

honeyed, refreshing, stylishly oaked and the youthful

2005 Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir, East Coast (£15.42, Justerini & Brooks)

structured, multi-dimensional, Burgundian-style

2005 Clover Hill Rosé (£16.99, Oddbins)

fresh, strawberryish, all Pinot Noir

Jansz Premium NV (£10.99, Oddbins)

dry, attractively toasty

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2000 Gran Clos, JM Fuentes, Priorat (£28.50; Fortnum & Mason)

fantastically concentrated, packed with leathery rich spice

2005 La Planella, Montsant (£9.95; Laymont & Shaw)

from Cellers Joan d'Anguera; lots of juicy fruit and a soft, savoury finish

2006 Casa de la Ermita, Viognier, Jumilla (£6.69 Whle Fds, Brstl Wn, PotG, Hail)

delicate sweet-edged apricot and peach flavours; dry, spicy finish

2007 Torres Viña Sol, Cataluña (£4.99 Asd, Boo, Co, Mor, Sai, Tes, Thr, Wai)

Crisp and dry, fresh and fruity, with hints of spicy fennel

2007 Tesco Finest* Navarra Rosé, Navarra (£5.99; Tesco)

rose-petal pink, soft, supple and vibrantly fruity, but with a clean, dry finish

2006 Marqués de Alella Clásico, Alella (£8.25; Moreno Wines)

utterly charming. Cold-fermented; crisp and dry, with hints of lemon and lime

Hidalgo Pedro Ximénez Viejo "Triana" Sherry, (£9.99 Majestic)

black and gloopy, full of lusciously sweet raisins, prunes and molasses

2007 Con Class Vendimia Excepcional, Rueda (£5.99; Adnams)

complex aromas of nettles, melons, honey and citrus

2004 Navajas Tinto Crianza, 13% vol, DO Ca Rioja (£6.95; Wine Society)

Soft, smooth and velvety, with creamy ripe fruit and delicate whiffs of vanilla

2003 Roda, Rioja (£23.99 Oddbins)

intense, concentrated, spicy fruit backed by soft, silky-smooth tannins

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Tesco Finest Palestra Rueda Verdejo 2007, Spain. £5.99

dry, lithe, prickly and refreshing, like a streak of green

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Durbanville Hills. £7.99, Oddbins

beautifully textured, layered mouthfeel; sleek minerality, green tinges

Weingut Pfarre Weissenkirchen Grüner Veltliner 2006. 2 @ £6.99 Majestic

hint of apricot and mandarin amid the grapefruit; structure is crystalline

Domaine des Rocailles Apremont de Savoie 2007. £5.99 Waitrose

fresh grapefruit pith flavours of this slick, smooth-as-a-river-stone mountain wine


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