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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2008 Extra Special Chardonnay, J-C Mas, France. Asda

easy-swigging, juicy, melon and lemon-charged Languedoc chardonnay

2008 Merlot, Vin de Pays d’Oc, J-C Mas, France. Asda

bold, plummy, barbecue-friendly merlot

2007 Wrattonbully Tempranillo, Yalumba, Australia. Marks & Spencer, £7.99

lush, plump, plummy 2007 made from Spain’s top red grape, tempranillo.

2007 Tasmanian Pinot Noir, Tamar Valley, Australia. Marks & Spencer £7.99

fat, gamey, strawberry spice of this gently fermented 2007.

2008 Riesling Trocken, Reichsrat von Buhl, Pfalz, Germany. Harrods £9.50

stunning summer white with oodles of tart, tingly, honeysuckle-scented fruit

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Campo Aldea Rioja Graciano 2005 (£9.99 M&S).

100% graciano, which gives it an ethereal body but big, spicy flavours

Barón de Barbón Oak-Aged Rioja 2006 (£7.79 sundaytimeswineclub)

hints of vanilla without sacrificing its lovely sweet raspberry freshness

Domeco de Jarauta Viña Marro Tinto Rioja 2008 (£6.90 theatreofwine)

Spanish sunshine emerges in a flood of fruit

the Independent - Anthony Rose

Asda Extra Special Merlot, Domaines Paul Mas, £6.07, Asda

shows bright cherryish fruit subtly rounded out with partial ageing in oak.

2008 D'Arenberg the Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne, £6.74, until 30 June Waitrose

Aussie take on two of the best white Rhône varieties is rich in peachy flavours.

2007 Schug Carneros Chardonnay, £16, Marks & Spencer

burgundian-style chardonnay with a richness of flavour, fine acidity and a nutty oak veneer.

the Observer - Tim Atkin

Gran Tesoro Garnacha Rosé, Campo de Borja (£3.54, 13.5%, Tesco)

bright redcurrant and raspberry fruit.

2008 Trinacria Bianco, Sicily (£3.99, 12%, Waitrose)

freshness and honeysuckle aromas

2008 Sainsbury's Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico (£4.11, 12.5%, Sainsbury's)

green olives, citrus fruit and an appealing bitter twist.

2008 Norton Torrontés, Mendoza (£4.79 by the mixed case, 12%, Oddbins)

typically grapey and floral, but this is summer in a glass.

2008 The Co-operative Pinot Grigio (£4.99, 12%, The Co-operative)

Easy drinking stuff, with melon, pear and apple fruit to the fore.

2008 Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde (£4.99 each for two, 10.5%, Majestic)

light, refreshing and bone dry, with a touch of spritz and lingering citrus fruit flavours.

2008 Tierra y Hombre Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley (£5.49, 13%, Marks & Spencer)

Fresh and grapefruity with real focus and length.

2008 Asda Extra Special Fiano, Sicily (£5.97, 13%, Asda)

Peach, melon and tropical fruit abound.

2005 Asda Extra Special Vintage Cava, Penedès (£5.98, 11.5%, Asda)

dry, assertive, and with a hint of bitterness.

2008 Storks Tower Verdejo, Vino de la Tierra (£5.99, 12.5%, Tesco)

weighty, smoky, greengage and grapefruit-like

2008 La Grille Cool Fermented Chenin Blanc, Gwenaël Guihard (£5.99, 11%, Majestic)

a little sweeter than the 2007 bottling but a great introduction to chenin blanc.

2007 Saumur Les Nivières (£6.49, 12.5%, Waitrose)

combining freshness, lowish alcohol and grassy fruit flavours

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir 2008 (£7.99; Sainsbury’s)

mouth-filling damson fruit and hints of game

Flagstone 'Dragon Tree’ 2007 (£10.25; Tesco)

explodes with flavour

Mas de Cadenet Sainte Victoire Rosé 2008 (£7.95 From Vineyards Direct)

lovely delicate fruit and a crisp, clean finish

Montes 'Limited Selection’ Cabernet/Carmenère 2007 (2 @ £6.39 Majestic)

Rich, dark, complex and really chocolatey

Hooley Dooley Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz 2005 (£9.45 Armit)

concentrated and intense powerhouse of a wine

Chablis 2006 (£9.99; Marks & Spencer)

clean and crisp with an elusive honeyed quality and gentle acidity

Château Maris, Les Vieilles Vignes Syrah 2007 (£11.99; Waitrose)

inky black with rich, ripe and intense fruit and a never-ending finish

Torres Ibéricos Rioja Crianza, 2006 (£8.99; Waitrose)

buckets of fruit, vanilla and spice

Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2007 (2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

Pale, almost rosé in colour with expected game and vegetal notes

Familia Zuccardi 'Fuzion’ Shiraz-Malbec 2008 (£4.49-£4.59; Somerfield, Waitrose)

full of mouth-watering plum and damson fruit

Anakena 'Ona’ Pinot Noir 2007 (£9.99 Oddbins)

Lusciously ripe and fruity with great gusts of Ribena on the nose

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Sainsbury's Frascati Superiore 2008 (£3.97, 12.5% abv)

light freshness, a very subtle prickle of spritz

Quinta do Azevedo Vinho Verde 2008 (2 @ £4.99, Majestic; £5.19, Waitrose)

lithe, lively; sears with acidity, has a proper semi-sparkle, a sour edge

Dr Loosen Mosel Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2007 (£10.99, Sainsbury)

bit of sweetness balanced with acidity and an ample, grapey, stewed appley succulence

Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional 2006, Portugal (£17.99, 6 branches of Waitrose)

aged in French oak, this is a serious red for contemplative sipping.


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