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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2009 Nederburg Chardonnay-Viognier, South Africa £3.99 Waitrose, Morrisons

delicious and alcoholic (14 per cent) Cape charmer.

2009 Nederburg Shiraz-Pinotage, South Africa £3.99 Waitrose, Morrisons

chunky, spicy, crimson purple red makes a good cut-price winter warmer.

2009 Casillero del Diablo Pinot Grigio, Limari Valley, Majestic 2 @ £4.99 each

This sparky pinot grigio is a joyous Chilean newcomer.

2008 Casillero del Diablo Carmenere, Majestic, 2 @ £4.99 each

juicy, smoky, chocolate-stashed carmenere is the star turn in this range

2005 Château Patache d’Aux, Médoc, Montrachet £15.50.

plummy cabernet sauvignon-dominant claret; already drinking deliciously

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Nomade Malbec 2006 (£10.75 Armit)

Elegantly restrained power and fruit, a malbec marvel

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2005 (£13 Tesco)

sweet South Australian nose and a mouthful of berries and tobacco

Taylor’s 10-year-old tawny port (£19.99 Majestic)

medley of oranges, caramel and nuts

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2008 Marks & Spencer Spanish Garnacha Shiraz. £3.99, M&S

Vivid and peppery; blackberryish blend of garnacha and syrah

2009 The Ned Waihopai River Black Label Sauvignon Blanc. 2@£5.99 until 1 Feb Majestic

Tinged with blackcurrant-leaf aromas; gooseberry- and passion-fruity

2007 Michel Chapoutier Gigondas. £15.99, Tesco

spicy plum and blackberry fruit concentration requires heartwarming winter fare

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2003 Valbuena (£73.40, 13.5%, Berry Brothers & Rudd)

delicious: broad, smoky and herbal, with ripe flavours

2008 Getariako Txakolina, Txomín Etxaníz (£14.99, 11%, Moreno)

tangy and refreshing, with a slight spritz and a citrus-fruit bite

2006 Naiades, Bodegas Naia, Rueda (£19.99, 13.5%, Taurus Wines)

rich, toasty, yet remarkably minerally; Spanish take on a white Burgundy

2001 Imperial Rioja Reserva, CVNE (2 @ £13.99, 13.5%, Majestic)

soft, complex, lightly oaked blend that is deceptively well structured

Taste the Difference Dry Amontillado (£6.49 per 50cl, 19%, Sainsbury's)

nutty, savoury, bone-dry; surely the best-value sherry in the UK?

2005 Molino Real, Mountain Wine (£26.99 per 50cl, www.adnams.co.uk)

sweet, honey- and orange-peel-scented

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Flagstone Noon Gun Dry White 2009 (£6.99, Tesco; 14% abv)

tangy, rounded, refreshing blend of chenin blanc, viognier and sauvignon

Réserve de la Saurine VdeP du Gard 2008 (£5.99, Marks & Spencer; 13.5% abv)

delightful blend of grenache blanc and clairette blanche – Rhôneish and appley

Borgo San Leo Prosecco NV (£5.99 on offer until Tuesday, Waitrose; 11% abv)

has good texture and grip

Scotland on Sunday - Will Lyons

Pol Roger Pure, Champagne, France, £35

bone dry; Its character matches light dishes.

Bollinger La Grande Année 2000, £55-£60

inviting caramel and cinnamon notes on the nose, with a hint of spice

Ridgeview Merret Bloomsbury 2006, UK, £19.99

by far the best English sparkling wine on the market, outperforming Nyetimber

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Brut NV (£14.98 until Jan 5; Tesco)

full of rich, velvety fruit backed by a crisp, dry finish.

Bredon Brut NV (£13.99 until Jan 5; Waitrose)

Crisp and dry with meaty fruit and an elegant toasty finish.

1999 Pol Roger (£39.99 until Jan 3; Oddbins)

One of the great Champagne names at a great price

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV (£17.99 until Feb 1; Majestic)

boasts a creamy mousse and plenty of toast and brioche flavours.

Louis Chaurey Brut NV (£12.99 until Jan 1; Marks & Spencer)

fresh and appealing, with charming citrus notes and a subtle buttery finish


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