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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 La Galine Chardonnay, Vin de Pays d’Oc, Majestic £3.99

Terrific new, lively, lemony; oozing citrus and melon fruit flavours

2006 Chalk Spring Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia. Majestic 2 @ £4.99

lots of luscious, creamy, cassis and creosote-scented fruit

2007 Les Orris Blanc, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes. M&S £5.99 on offer

Gorgeous, spicy, grapey, mineral and vanilla-stacked

2007 Marin Ridge Shiraz, Monterey, California. M&S £6.99 on offer

bold, inky, burly red; joyous, briary fruit

2007 Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Riesling, Australia. Domaine Direct £11.44

explosion of tongue-tingling kerosene, lime and nettle-spiked fruit

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2008 (£10.75 Bibendum)

intensely aromatic take on pinot grigio

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (£7.49 until Wednesday Waitrose)

Scintillating flavours

Clocktower Pinot Noir 2007 (£8.24 special offer Marks & Spencer)

From the same winemaker as The Ned, it’s an elegant bargain

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Sainsbury's Cuvée Prestige Côtes du Rhône, £4.54, Sainsbury's

juicy, fresh raspberry and blackberryish red, with spicy flavours

2005 Umberto Fiore Barbaresco, Piedmont, £9.99, M&S

floral perfumes and cherryish fruit; typical nebbiolo tannins

2008 Don Pedro de Soutomaior Albariño, £11.50. Great Grog, Edinburgh; Palmers, Dorset

Fragrant, crisp dry white; stonefruit flavours and a seasalty, citrusy zest

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Delas Côtes du Rhône Saint-Esprit (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

brilliant as an early autumn quaffer

2008 Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc (2 @ £3.97 Majestic)

nettley, elderfloral

2008 Paulett's Polish Hill River Riesling (2 @ £8.99 Majestic)

limey, oily, bone-dry

2007 Amalaya de Colomé Malbec, Salta (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

spicy, elegant, fine-grained

2008 Yalumba Organic Viognier, Australia £5.99 on offer Waitrose

floral and creamy with restrained vanilla and apricot flavours

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

The Somerset Pomona (£8.99 for 50cl, Waitrose; 20% abv)

made by mixing unfermented apple juice with cider brandy

Rosso Sicilia Pasqua 2007 (£3.79, Oddbins; 12% abv)

sort of rustic but coated in tangy morello cherry juice

Scotland on Sunday - Will Lyons

Valdepeñas 2007, Vega del Cega, Spain, 12.5 per cent, £3.08 Lidl

The nose is all strawberries with a whiff of inauthentic red fruit

Barceliño 2005, Catalunya, Spain, 13 per cent, £4.99 Lidl

attractive, spicy, rounded oak; let down by a palate that pulls up short

Chablis 2007, Vin de Bourgogne, France, 12 per cent, £6.98 Lidl

fresh and clean, this has a pleasant appley character and an attractive zing

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2007 Domaine Mayole Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Morocco (£5.49 Waitrose)

full and spicy with plenty of rich red fruit and a touch of earthy liquorice

2008 Cazal Viel Sauvignon Blanc Cuvée Finesse, France, (2 @ £5.99 Majestic)

crisp, citrusy sauvignon, aged on its lees to give extra weight and body

2007 Journey's End 'Haystack' Chardonnay, South Africa (£9.99; Bibendum, Classic Wines, Quaff)

soft and supple with elegant, ripe, pineapple fruit and the merest hint of oak


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