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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy, Asda, £2.98

Ridiculously cheap and ridiculously tasty Italian red

2007 Soave Classico, Italy, Asda, £3.62.

over-delivers on soft, ripe, lemon, lime and glacé fruits

2007 Paul Mas, La Forge Malbec, France, Tesco, £7.99

fat, juicy, curranty, spicy, dark chocolate-scented malbec

2007 Paul Mas, La Forge Marsanne, France, Tesco, £7.99

lively, ripe, smoky, violet-scented fruit any fan could ask for

2006 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico, Azienda Agricola. Caves Pyrene, £13.60

dreamy yet wild, sweet, game and sandalwood-charged red

2007 Syrah, Vin de Pays de l’Ardèche, Hervé Souhaut, Caves Pyrene, £15

spicy yet still savage rhône-satellite syrah; peppery, herby, bramble-packed

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2007 Asda Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, £2.98

Simple, soft and fresh, with blackcurrant-pastille flavours

2007 Cuvée Pêcheur, Vin de Pays Comté Tolosan, £3.69 (Waitrose)

Crisp, light, grapey, grassy, off-dry white

2007 Sainsbury’s Old Vines Tempranillo, £3.69

Medium-bodied Spanish red, with spicy, plummy fruit and a clean, dry finish

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Extra Special Beaujolais Villages. £4.98, Asda

juicy and refreshing; delight to drink as an everyday red

2006 Ugaba Red, Stellenbosch. 2 @ £8.79 Majestic, to 27 Oct

Rhône-meets-Bordeaux-style blend of syrah, cab sav and merlot

2000 Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley. £19.99, selected Tescos

intensely fresh; lemongrass aromas and toast-and-honey richness

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Masi Paso Doble, Mendoza (£9.49, Oddbins)

violet-scented, Ripasso-style made from Malbec and Corvina

2005 The Fergus, Clare Valley (£9.99, Tesco)

bold, mouth-filling made from Grenache, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Merlot

2004 Esk Valley Reserve Merlot/Malbec/Cab Sauvignon £16.99, amps; nzhouseofwine

refined, elegant, Margaux-like

2006 Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block (£16.50, selectWaitrose; sawinesonline

smoky, blackberryish; Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2008 Klein Constantia sauvignon blanc, South Africa (£8.99-£9.99; Boo, Self, Tann)

grassy and herbaceous on the nose with compact, neat fruit on the palate

2007 Ken Forrester chenin blanc, South Africa (2 @ £6.39 until Monday Majestic)

marvellously complex. Crisp and dry as well as rounded and honeyed

2006 Paul Cluver pinot noir, South Africa (£9.99; selected Waitrose)

soft, smooth and spicy with excellent cherry fruit (hints of chocolate)

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Baron St Jean Rouge Vin de Pays du Gard, France (£2.99, Aldi)

a very light-bodied blend of grenache, carignan, cinsault and merlot

Valdepeñas Vega del Cega 2007, Spain (£2.89, Lidl;)

a soft tempranillo

Italia Montepulicano d'Abruzzo 2007 (£2.98, Lidl)

needs pizza or pasta to help it down, because it's a bit green on the finish

Monasterio de Santa Ana Jumilla Crianza 2004, Spain, £6.99, Tesco (34 stores only)

chunky and earthy, reminiscent of dark woodland and violets. Great value


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