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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2008 Pinot Grigio, Venezie, Italy Asda, £3.98

lively, floral, grapey pinot grigio.

2008 Chianti, Tuscany Asda, £3.78

fine, spicy, leafy fruit with a bold, seductively bitter cherry finish

2007 Réserve de la Saurine Vin de Pays du Gard, Marks & Spencer, £5.99

Unoaked Rhône satellite with delicious grenache grape-dominant fruit

2007 Chablis, La Chablisienne, France Marks & Spencer, £9.99

elegant, lively, lemony chablis from a grand vintage

2007 Santenay Rouge 1er Cru Les Beauregards, Borgeot, Laytons £19.34

delicate, pale, pinot noir, whose floral, smoky elegance

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry (£7.97 Tesco)

I found the taste overpowering even with Black Magic chocolate

Michel Torino Don David 2007/8 (£12.95 Cavas de Gaucho)

Fantastic with strawberry and balsamic vinegar in white chocolate ganache

J Maury 2006 Els Pyreneus (£10.75 Bibendum)

A heavy, sweet red wine, it flies with a little chilli and lime chocolate

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2008 Cuvée Pêcheur Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan. £3.99, Waitrose

crisp and lively with a refreshingly dry finish

2006 Château de la Garde. £9.49, Sainsbury's

bright Merlot-based blend; juicy and approachable

2008 Pieropan Soave. £10.75-£11.75, Lea & Sandeman; Bennetts; Valvona & Crolla

perfumed, fruity and honeyed with a long, satisfyingly crisp aftertaste

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Bouchard Vin de Pays de l'Aude Pinot Noir (£6.08, 13%, Asda)

fresh, unoaked, easy-quaffing

2007 Domaine Les Yeuses Les Epices Syrah, (2 @ £6.99, 13.5%, Majestic)

spicy, robust

2008 Pouilly-Fumé La Côte Blanche, Alain Cailbourdin (£11.99, 13%, M&S)

taut, bone-dry

2007 Girardin Bourgogne Blanc, Cuvée St Vincent (£13.99, 13%, Laithwaites)

lightly oaked, beautifully balanced

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Cruz de Piedra Garnacha 2007 Calatayud (£5.99, Adnams; 14% abv)

Juicy but not jammy, plump, intense and easy-going

Rayun Carmenere 2008 Rapel Valley (£5.99, Tanners; 13.5% abv)

tight, dense smell of cocoa nibs and dried herbs; thirst-quenching, too

Terra de Lobos Casal Branco 2006 Ribatejo (£5.99, Tanners; 13.5% abv)

juicy, relaxed and chunky, a blend of castelao and cabernet sauvignon

Chateau Mayne-Graves 2005 Bordeaux (£7.49, Corney & Barrow; 12.5% abv)

well-made wine from a good vintage that earns its keep

Scotland on Sunday - Will Lyons

Tim Adams Riesling 2008 (£8.99,Tesco)

lively aromas and flavours of lime and lemon; firm, crisp structure

Plantagenet Samson's Range Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (£7.99, Waitrose)

Aromas of gooseberries, herbs and blackcurrant leaf with zippy citrus flavours

Nepenthe Charleston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007 (Buy 2 Save £4, £7.99, Majestic)

Raspberry and cherry characters and savoury on the nose; the palate is supple

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne Viognier 2007 (£8.99, Waitrose)

Lovely balance is achieved from the aromatic Viognier and fruit-driven Marsanne

Cellar 150 Shiraz Haselgrove 2008 (Buy 2 Save £6, Majestic)

Bursting with ripe forest fruits and pepper aroma. Perfect with red meat

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2008 Settesoli Fiano di Sicilia, 13%vol, Italy (2 @ £4.99; Majestic)

crisp, clean and citrus with a touch of peaches and cream

2007 La Chablisienne Petit Chablis, 12.5%vol, France (3 @ £7.99; Wine Rack)

invigorating steely minerality and faintly honeyed apple fruit

2007 La Legua Roble, 13%vol, Spain (£7.75; Berry Bros & Rudd)

vibrant, with sour cherry flavours, hints of vanilla and subtle but firm tannins


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