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gorgeous, ripe, floral, racy, lime-spiked riesling2007 Le Faite, Saint Mont, Plaimont, France. Adnams £13.99, Coe £14.75
oozes exotic, smouldering, smoky, verdant, summer apéritif spice2005 Monzinger Frühlingsplätzchen Riesling Kabinett, Schönleber, Montrachet £14.99
mouthwatering balance between sweet fruit and tart acidity2007 Saint-Romain, Combe Bazin, Domaine de Chassorney, Caves de Pyrène £23.15
fine, sappy, nutty, oaky ’07 with lots of ripe, food-friendly fruit.2007 Alsace Riesling, GC Rosacker, Cave Hunawihr, Liberty £14.99, Edinburgh Wine £13.99
mouthwatering, off-dry and gentle, floral, apple and pear-charged fruit2007 S de Suduiraut, Bordeaux Blanc Sec, Seckford Wines £24.90
powerful, smoky-oaky white makes a classy and punchy summer apéritif2007 Sierra du Sud, Côtes du Rhône, Les Caves de Pyrène, £15.50
Heaving with burnt, spicy, herby, dusky black fruit2006 Crozes Hermitage, Alain Graillot, Yapp Bros £16.95, Fortnum & Mason £21
elegant, savoury, black pepper and plum-stashed spicy mouthful2003 Château Clauzet, Saint-Estèphe, Farr Vintners £15.50
fine, mature, oaky, elegant fruit2004 L’Hospitalet de Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux, Corney & Barrow £19.99
gorgeous fat, ripe, fleshy, plum, game and chocolate-licked red2004 Château Pedesclaux, Pauillac, Bordeaux, Tanners £23.20
delicious ripe, gamey, curranty fruit.2006 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Frédéric Magnien, Private Cellar £13.50
sweet, ripe, zesty, damson plum fruit-charged red burgundy
top-value bargain-basement crackerPazo de Barrantes Albarino 2008 (£14.75 AGwines)
classic Spanish confection of fruit and stoneChat-en-Oeuf 2007/8 (£4.99 Waitrose)
rosé version of this punning wine from southern FranceIl Bacialé 2007 (£14.70 Tanners)
juicy damson flavour, tangy acidity and a long fruity yet savoury finish
berry fruit showing the soft texture of bottle age2006 Spier Vintage Selection Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier, £9.81, Asda
mulberry and damson fruitiness, undertones of vanilla2008 Mullineux White, Swartland, £13.95, Berry Bros & Rudd
rich dried fruit cut by citrusy acidity
2006 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Riesling (£8.99, 12.5%, Morrison's)
toasty, mature2007 Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay (2 @ £9.99, 13%, Majestic)
rich, complex, aniseedy2006 Wolf Blass President's Selection Shiraz (2 @ £9.99 Maj; £12.99, Sains, tesco.com)
smoky, spicy, deeply coloured2006 Wolf Blass Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon (£19.49, 14.5%, hailsham; everywine)
and, best of all, the minty, surprisingly elegant
glorious focus, intensity, chiselled edges and a chalky undertowAsda Pinot Grigio 2008 (£3.98; 12.5% abv)
a good, crisp, fresh draught, but it's an altogether different experience
bursts with fresh, wildflower aromas reminiscent of a summer meadowChâteau Mont Milan 2007, Corbières, France, 2 @ £4.99 Majestic
scented notes of dried fruits, dates and a whiff of eucalyptusClos d'Yvigne "Princesse de Clèves" 2008, Bergerac Blanc, 2 @ £7.99 Majestic
spritsy, tangy character with a deep finish
smooth, mellow, vanilla-rich tempranillo blend2001 Selfridges Whytinghams's Vintage Port, 19.5%vol, Portugal (£27.99;).
It'll need decanting, but it's worth the effort.2008 Tesco Australian Reserve Riesling/Gewurztraminer, 12.5%vol (£4.85; Tesco).
wonderful ripe tropical fruit, hints of spice and a citric backbone2007 The Co-operative Domaine St Gabriel Viognier, 13.5%vol (£7.99).
peachy, gently honeyed yet dry viognierTanners French Rosé NV, 12.5%vol (£6.50; Tanners).
Fresh and fruity, with plenty of wild strawberries on the palateDavy's Finest Manzanilla No.1, 15%vol, Spain (£3.95 per 37.5cl; Davy's).
bone dry with a tingling, salty, savoury tang2004 Berrys' Extra Ordinary Claret, 13%vol (£11.75; Berry Bros & Rudd).
graceful and poised with rich, dark berry fruit and silky tannins2007 Waitrose Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, 13.5%vol, New Zealand (£8.49).
unexpected minerality alongside the usual gooseberry notesSainsbury's Blanc de Noirs Champagne Brut, 12%vol, France (£15.98).
full, weighty and creamy, with hints of toast on the finish2006 Fortnum's Bourgogne Rouge, 12.5%vol (£10.50; Fortnum & Mason).
fresh and fruity with hints of cherry and spice