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favourite Easter fizz: a purse-pleasing, light, lemony, zippy sparkler.Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne, France Co-op, £16.99; Majestic, 2 @ £21.99
The best-value, big-name, non-vintage Easter champagne2009 Chilano Sauvignon Blanc, Chile Morrisons, £3.99 until April 11
brilliant, zingy, lime and green pepper-laden sub-£4 Chilean white.2008 Chilano Merlot-Shiraz, Chile Morrisons, £3.99 until April 11
Terrific bold, inky, raisin-and-burnt-plum, dirt-cheap Chilean redHerbert Beaufort Carte d’Or Grand Cru, Brut Champagne, Marks & Spencer, £28
gorgeous, ripe, spicy, nutty grower’s champagne made from superior grand cru vineyards
Rich, spicy and bitefulChâteau Cantemerle 1996 (£22 a glass, Connaught hotel)
A cedary beautyChâteau Léoville Barton 1998 (£40 a glass, Connaught hotel)
Classic restraint and elegance
Vivid and succulently juicy with tobacco-y spiciness2008 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Dom Jomain. £10.99, 2 @ £8.99, until Tues, Majestic
Beautifully made with a touch of subtle oak2007 Château de Vaudieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. £18.99, Cooden Cellars, slurp.co.uk
Richly concentrated in spiced blackberry fruits
youthful and appley with a bone-dry finish.2008 Jacob’s Creek Riesling (£6.79, Waitr, Sains, Tesco, Morris, Booths)
Limey and fresh, with citrus fruit acidity and sweetness for balance2008 Penfolds Koonunga Hill 76 Shiraz/Cabernet (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)
blackberry fruit and spice with lots of coconut and coffee bean2009 First Cape Limited Release Pinotage (£6.99, 14 per cent, Morrison’s)
supple and aromatic with flavours of summer pudding2008 Casillero del Diablo Cabernet (£6.99, Sains, Asda, Tesco, Waitr, Morris)
still one hell of a red at less than £7.2008 Montana Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Marlborough (£8.99, Asda, Tesco, Sains, Morris)
nettley and tart with gooseberry and greengage notes
sublime; barolo is like burgundy: spend money or don't botherI Tre Vescovi Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2007 (£5.99 7 April-11 May, Waitrose)
Sappy, tensile; gentle smell of dried violets and sour cherries
Pungent lime and gooseberry aromas, rich, fleshy, zippy acidity.Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2009. £9.49, Waitrose
Tropical fruit aromas, sleek, minerally stonefruit flavours.Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2008. £12.50, Swig
Very impressive, nettly, bright green apple fruit, nutty edge; superb quality.
soft, mellow and rich with a long, warming finish.2007 Château Henry de France, France 12.5%vol, (£6.99; Spar).
Crammed with rich dark berry fruit, it is surprisingly elegant2008 Skalli Préférence Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, France (£8.99; Asda, Tesco).
toothsome stuff indeed; full, rich, ripe and spicy with some tannin2008/09 Ara Pathway Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 13%vol, (£7.99; Morrisons)
typical tropical Marlborough fruit, but also a welcome crisp minerality2008 Cave des Vignerons de Bully, Beaujolais Blanc, (£6.99; Waitrose)
100 per cent chardonnay; subtle sweetness; crisp, clean and steely dry2007 Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge, France 12.5%vol, (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)
silky soft and juicy with concentrated red fruit aromas2009 Familia Zuccardi Pinot Grigio/Torrontés, Argentina (£6.99; Oddbins).
Fresh and inviting with plenty of spicy floral notes and peachy stone fruit flavoursSainsbury’s Demi-Sec Champagne NV, France 12.5%vol, (£17.98; Sainsbury’s)
Not cloying if drunk on its own on Easter Monday, mid-morning2009 Mas de Cardeline Rosé, France 12%vol, (£8.99; Co-op)
A first-rate, delicately hued rosé from Provence in an absurdly stylish bottle2004 Domaine Pouderoux Vendange Tardive Maury, France (£10.99 per 50cl; Waitrose)
lusciously sweet and spicy, without the high alcohol level of port