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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2009 Sauvignon Blanc, VdP du Val de Loire, France Marks & Spencer £4.99

delicious, rich, ripe, verdant, green pepper-laden sauvignon

2009 Soleado Merlot, Cono Sur, Chile Marks & Spencer, £4.29

Tasty, fat, earthy, peppery Chilean merlot topped up with carmenère

2009 Jeruzalem Ormoz Pinot Grigio, Stajerska, Slovenia Waitrose, £6.99

lots of zesty pear and white peach flavours.

2007 Château Ka, Source de Rouge, Lebanon Waitrose, down to £7.99

smoky, beefy, cedary cabernet sauvignon and syrah-based red

2006 Santenay 1er Cru Gravières, Jean-Marc Vincent, Wine Society £22

fine, spicy, inky, truffley red; wait until 2014 for richer more gamier flavours

the Sunday Times - Kate Spicer

2008 Grüner Veltliner Wachtberg Salomon Undhof (£11.75 Lea and Sandeman)

brilliant. Its mineral core and steely drive go beyond the average chablis

2008 Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Pinot Gris (£10.49 Berkmann)

Rich, fruity and a little bit floral

Journey’s End Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2008 (£12.76 bibendum)

milky oakiness that wraps itself round your tongue as a Montrachet might

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2009 Brachetto d'Acqui, Frizzante Dolce, DOCG, Araldica. £4.66 on Waitrose

Utterly irresistible. Italian rosé meets raspberryade

2008 Riesling Federspiel, Domaine Wachau. buy 2 = £8.99, Majestic

aromatic fruit cocktail which is deliciously fruity and yet dry

2008 Naia, Rueda. £10.95-£10.99, Woodwinters; Halifax Wine; Define Food and Wine

richly textured yet grapefruity style.

the Times - Tim Atkin

2009 Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Taste the Difference (£5.99, Sainsbury)

Tangy and ocean-crisp with grapefruit and gooseberry flavours

2009 Costero Riesling, Viña Leyda San Antonio (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

notes of minerals and fresh limes here, with taut acidity

2009 Cascara Limarí Valley Chardonnay De Martino (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

melon and citrus to the fore, but there’s a hint of smoky, vanilla oak

2007 Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley (£9.99, Oddbins)

aromas and flavours of mint and blackcurrant pastille

2006 Coyam, Colchagua Valley (£12.50, The Wine Society)

stunning red at the price; svelte and smooth, with textured tannins

2007 O Fournier Centauri Red Blend, Maule Valley (£12.99, D. Byrne & Co)

rich, spicy and profound, with super-ripe, sun-baked flavours

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Domaine Tranquillite 2005 Vin de Pays d'Oc (2 @ £4.99, Majestic; 14.5% abv)

a sniff of vanilla oak and high-impact intensity

Old Vines Grenache Noir 2008 VdP des Cotes Catalanes (£5.99, M&S; 14.5% abv)

tastes like red-skinned plums; has a slight rose-petal perfume

Ferrer & Ribiere Carignan 2007 Vin de Pays Catalan (£11.25, yapp.co.uk; 14% abv)

slightly medicinal, with hints of dried rosemary and thyme

Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

GRUNER VELTLINER 2008 Sepp Moser. £8.50, WoodWinters

pear, celery and lemon fruits, gentle tutti-frutti sweetness

CONO SUR RESERVE RIESLING 2008. £8.99, Tesco

very dry – no sweetness in this riesling

MACON VILLAGES 2008 Talmard. £8.95, The Wine Society

lemony, fresh, minerally edge with warm ripe fruits.

ALBARINO 2008 Martin Codax. £8.24 each for 2 bottlesMajestic

peach aromas, rich fleshy fruits and vibrant acid.

KELLERMEISTER SELECTION RIESLING 2009 Von Buhl. £10.49, directwines

juicy limey fruits, easy quaffability, mineral notes, crisp dry finish

WATERVALE RIESLING 2008 Jeffrey Grosset. (£16, Luvians; Fine Wine; WoodWinters

Classic lime and toast aromas and minerally, citric flavours

the Telegraph - Jonny Ray

2009 Domaine du Tariquet 'Classic', 10.5%vol, France ( £6.49; Oxford Wine Co)

Aromatic, fruity yet crisply dry on the finish

2007 Domaine Zinck Pinot Blanc Portrait, 13%vol, France, (£6.99 if you buy two Majestic)

soft, smooth and creamy with a crisp touch to the (dry) finish.

2008 Baglio Rosso Nero d'Avola, 13%vol, Sicily, (£5.99; Marks & Spencer).

vibrant freshness to the ripe, juicy damson/plum/mulberry fruit


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