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week beginning 05/01/2009

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2004 Finest Barbera d’Asti Superiore, Piemonte, Tesco, £5.49 until Jan 6

gorgeous, ripe, plummy, floral yet savoury barbera gets my 2009 vote

2006 Vacqueyras, Caves Saint-Pierre, Rhône, Tesco, £6.99 until Jan 6

Lots of fat, bold, peppery, plummy spice.

Taste the Difference 12 Year Old Pedro Ximénez, Sainsbury’s, £7.19 (50cl)

delicious, rich, creamy, intensely sweet, smoke and moscatel raisin-licked PX

2001 Graham’s Crusted Port, Sainsbury’s, £14.49

glorious crusted port with lots of ripe, spicy rose and peppermint style

2006 Piedra Azul, Estancia, Toro, Spain, Berry Bros & Rudd, £7.75

smouldering, 14.7 per cent, spicy, beefy, plum and prune-like flavours

2005 Puech Chaud Blanc, René Rostaing, Berry Bros & Rudd, £13.65

stylish, spicy, honeyed, crystallised glacé fruit-charged blend

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2005 El Circulo Rioja Crianza, £6.49 Wine Rack until Wednesday, then £12.99

Dark, intensely flavoured, oaky, modern Rioja

2006 Poggiotondo Cerro del Masso Chianti, £5.69 Waitrose

Nutty and spicy, with cherry and tobacco flavours

2007 La Tour de Marrenon, Côtes du Ventoux, £7.40 Tesco

Succulent, peppery red from the southeast Rhône

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2008 Las Moras Bonarda, San Juan. £4.99, The Co-operative

tinged with a ripe mulberry fruitiness and satisfyingly juicy fresh acidity.

2007 Joël Delaunay, Sauvignon de Touraine. £7.95, Lea & Sandeman

sauvignon blancso good, you wonder if it's worth bothering with sancerre

2006 Langhe Nebbiolo, Piemonte, Aldo Vajra. £15.99, Ceci Paolo, Ledbury

If you can't stretch to barolo, nebbiolo is a good second choice

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Tagus Creek Chardonnay/Fernão Pires, Ribatejo (£3.99, Tesco)

spicy, unoaked, honeydew melon-like

2007 Brouilly, Louis Tête (£7.99, Marks & Spencer)

fresh, crunchy, raspberryish

2007 Château Clauzots, Graves Blanc (£8.65, Jeroboams)

toasty, minerally, focused

2005 Orovela Saperavi, Georgia (£16.99, waitrose.com/wine)

lightly oaked, Italianate, cherry fruity

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Cantina di Monteforte Soave Classico 2006, Italy (Waitrose, £6.99)

very dry but with rounded apple and citrus

Barossa Valley Estate E Minor Chardonnay 2006 (wine rack £9.49/£6.33)

ripe, fresh pineapple and mango rather than heavy oak

Tesco Finest Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2006 (£13.49)

irresistibly juicy, ripe fruit, all cherry and strawberry; smooth finish

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Russian Standard Vodka (Asda, Sain, Tes Wait)

a broad taste that's almost oily, like fatty tuna

Wyborowa Vodka (Asda, Oddbins, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose)

keener, leaner, sharper, and with a tang of caraway

The White Mullett 2007, Pikes, Australia (3 @ £6.66 Wine Rack; £8.50, Lea & Sandeman)

stunning, glittering wine that is lithe and refreshing


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