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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

McManis Limited Release Chardonnay, California Tesco

this melon, vanilla and oak-layered '07 is a steal

2007 McManis Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, California Tesco

Burly, smoky, blackcurranty 14.5 per cent cabernet

2008 Southbank Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Asda, £5 until Feb 9

signature flowering currant and tropical fruit scents and tastes

2007 Crozes-Hermitage, Les Brunnelles, Ogier, Asda, £5 until Feb 9

peppery, velvety, red fruit-laden, syrah-based Crozes

2007 Macon-Villages, Les Sertaux, Domaine Saumaize-Michelin (Montrachet, £12.50)

gorgeous, intense, smoky, steely, herby Maconnais

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2008 Raats Original Chenin Blanc, £8.49 nakedwines.com

Delicious, dry, sappy South African white

Warre’s Warrior Special Reserve Port, £8.99 Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Booths

Great value, richly fruity ruby

2007 Domaine Haut-Lirou, Pic Saint-Loup, (Majestic; 2 @ £6.99)

Stylish syrah-based French red with spicy, smoky, sweet fruit

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Côtes du Rhône Villages St Maurice. £5.99, Marks & Spencer.

juicy blend of mainly syrah plus a dollop of grenache with its refreshing nip of acidity

2005 Tesco Finest Ribera del Duero. £7.19, Tesco.

voluptuously rounded with a light touch of vanilla from ageing in French and American oak

2006 Haskell Vineyards Dombeya Chardonnay. £10.95, Lea & Sandeman

accomplished Cape Chardonnay; fresh citrusy nose, tinged with spicy oak

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Tesco Old Vine Reserve Garnacha, Campo de Borja (£5.19, 14%, Tesco)

juicy, damson fruity

2007 Cono Sur Pinot Noir, Rapel Valley (£5.99, 14%, Sainsbury's and widely available)

perfumed, summer pudding-like

2007 Beaumes de Venise, Cave de Saint Desirat (£6.99 each for two, 15%, Majestic)

smooth, raspberry and brown-sugar style

2007 Domaine du Petit Chêne, Moulin à Vent (£9.99, 12.5%, Marks & Spencer)

cherryish, lip-smacking

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2007 Haut Poitou Loire Valley Red France (£4.99 if you buy three, Wine Rack)

soft, smooth, juicy and very gluggable

2007 Domaine Bailly Quincy France (£8.99; Marks & Spencer)

dry yet fruity with a warm finish

2006 Domaine André Dezat Sancerre Rouge France (£13.95; Berry Bros & Rudd)

Ripe and juicy with fine, silky tannins

2007 Coteaux du Layon Carte d'Or, Baumard France (£13.90; Jeroboams)

luscious honeyed sweetness and hints of fig and orange

2007 Fief Guerin Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu sur Lie France (£5.99; Waitrose)

Bone dry, but surprisingly full-flavoured and with a satisfyingly long finish

Langlois Crémant de Loire NV France (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

isn't madly complex but it's delightfully fresh, flowery, creamy and refreshing

2007 Reserve des Vignerons Saumur Rouge France (£7.50; Nicolas)

vibrant, fresh berry fruit and a smoky edge

2007 Domaine des Liards, Montlouis-sur-Loire France (£8.95; Yapp Bros)

clean, fresh, apple-crisp, yet lush, un-oaked chenin blanc

2007 Waitrose Sancerre 'La Franchotte' Joseph Mellot France (£10.99; Waitrose)

crisp and dry-to-almost-off-dry, flinty and citrusy with hints of nettles

2006 Damien Delechenau, Touraine-Amboise, France (£11.95; Stone, Vine & Sun)

remarkably pure, fresh and raspberryish cabernet franc

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Château Bonnet 2007 (£6.49, Sainsbury's; 12% abv)

fresh, herbaceous, nettley white

Cordier Prestige Semillon-Sauvignon 2007 (£9.99, Morrisons; 12% abv)

Majoring on semillon and partially fermented in new oak, it's big, fat and modern

Rizzardi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2003, Italy (£170 per 6, Longford, Davy's)

Rich as papal garments, with a tinge of woody bitterness


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