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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

However, patronising drinkers and dumbing down wine is not the way to go. That is why I have nothing good to say about Tesco’s grim new limited-edition Style wines, which are aimed, apparently, at “improving customers’ understanding about wine”. This risible, dull, dirty, flabby and frequently sickly-sweet £4 foursome — entitled Cut Grass, Citrus Squeezer, Summer Pud and Jam Pot — are some of the nastiest wines I have tasted this year. Whoever dreamt up this dross needs his head examined. Supermarket buyers may be feeling the heat but Britain’s drinkers deserve much better.

the Sunday Times - Kate Spicer

Chase vodka (£32 www.thedrinkshop.com)

creamy potato vodka from Herefordshire farmers

Pincer vodka (£31.50 Selfridges)

milk thistle, for bitterness, and elderflower, for sweetness

Babicka Original Wormwood vodka (£35 Harvey Nichols)

makes a great ginger bitch — add cloudy apple juice and ginger

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

Fragoso Merlot 2009 (£5.99, Marks & Spencer; 13.5% abv)

from Argentina; how delicious! Aromatic, free-flowing, fresh

Tesco Finest Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008 (£8.99, Tesco; 13% abv)

light step and summer pudding fragrance

Domaine Jomain Bourgogne Chardonnay 2008 (2 @ £9.99, Majestic; 13% abv)

grand for its appellation; there's real richness and savour here

Scotsman - Brian Elliot

Rioja Gran Familia 2003, Spain, 12.5%. £4.99 until 5 May, Co-op

A long, smooth rioja with attractive chocolate and cherry flavours

Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2003, 13%. £7.99,Inverarity One to One

Ripe apple acidity, oak-based vanilla and flinty minerality

Tesco Finest White Burgundy Chardonnay, 12.5%. £5.48 until 10 May

Fresh, green-apple acidity and rounded vanilla flavours

the Telegraph - Jonny Ray

2009 Alexander Fontein Sauvignon Blanc, 14%vol (£5.99 on offer Spar)

grass and nettles on the nose, and zesty, spicy, tropical fruit

2007 Château Ka, Source de Rouge, 14.5%vol, Lebanon, (£7.99 on offer, Waitrose)

rich, ripe and velvety soft. Classy stuff indeed

2007 Domaine des Coteaux des Travers Réserve Rasteau, (£12.75; fromvineyardsdirect.com)

full, rich plummy; robust but stylish with an admirably long finish


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