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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Piedmont Cortese 2010, £5.49 M&S

delicately lemon-honeysuckle fragrance; crystal sense of freshness

Spanish Steps Rueda 2010. £5.24, Sainsbury's

Appley, rich, fruity and zingly white wine

La Umbra merlot 2009. £4.49, Waitrose

Blackberry, rose-hip and spice; bold fruit flavours

Tesco Finest Vin de Pays d'Oc Malbec 2010. £2.29 18.75cl

Punchy, dark fruit flavours with a smooch of delicate scent

Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2009, £10.99 tesco

A whirl of spicy pepper; intense, dark, bold, rich and powerful

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Simply Muscadet 2010 France (12%, Tesco, £4.49)

clean and fresh with a slightly stony edge. Simple, yes, but decent

Bibbiano Chianti Classico 2008 Italy (13.5%, Berry Brothers, £14.30)

fresh and poised rather than chunky and spicy

Laforet Beaujolais 2010 France (13%, £8.99, M&S)

good, bright and classy beaujolais

the Independent on Sunday - Terry Kirkby

Clos de los Siete Mendoza 2008. £12.99, Waitrose

forward fruit flavours, velvety chocolate, fig and spice

Six Hats Pinotage Rosé 2010. £6.99, laithwaites

full-bodied, food-friendly rosé, with terrific elegant fruit flavours

Domaine De Fontesque Corbières 2006. £7.99 until 2 October, Marks & Spencer

robust, intense; masses of autumnal brambly, smoky flavours

the Observer - David Williams

Paolo Leo Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy 2009 (£9.49, Waitrose)

beguilingly plump and sweet-fruited, but not in the least cloying

Manzanilla Torrebreva, Spain (£6.95, half-bottle, vineyardsdirect.com)

exhilaratingly crisp, bright sherry; characteristic saline tang

Mencía Bierzo Escondite Perfecto, Spain, 2009 (£9.99, Marks & Spencer)

rich and dark but gorgeously pure, with a violet edge to the deep dark fruit

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Lidl 2010 Bordeaux (12.5% abv, £3.69)

ridiculously cheap; would be fine with plain English food

Aldi Bordeaux Supérieur 2009 (£4.99; 13% abv)

easygoing; made in a softer, more contemporary style

La Vieille Tour de Seguin 2009 (£7.69, Wine Rack; 13.5% abv)

well structured supple

Chateau du Pin Bordeaux 2009 (£7.99, Adnams Cellar & Kitchen; 14% abv)

fragrant; kid less knowledgable (or sozzled) friends is the iconic Le Pin

Chateau Tour de Biot 2008 (Berry Bros & Rudd, £9.15; 13.5% abv)

supple, graceful

Chateau Civrac Element 2009 (£8.75-£8.91; Wadebridge, Sampler, Vinoteca; 12.5% abv)

fresh, fruity versatile merlot

Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE GRUNER VELTLINER 2010 (£7.99, Sainsburys)

zesty grapefruit and dill-flavoured

TERRACES GRUNER VELTLINER 2009 Domaine Wachau (£8.49, Waitrose)

crisp, fresh, spicy; delicious with seafood

THE SOCIETY'S EXHIBITION LANGENLOIS GRUNER VELTLINER 2010 (£11.95)

Rich texture, mildly spicy, smoky hints

KAMPTALER TERRASSEN GRUNER VELTLINER 2009 Willi Brundlmayer (£13.99, Raeburn)

White pepper and lentil aromas. Zesty, compact, rich

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Frederic's Great British Alcoholic Ginger Beer (Sainsbury until 27 Sep, £1.79)

tastes just like freshly baked gingerbread

Full Bore Strong Ale, Hunters Brewery, Devon (Sainsbury until 27 Sep, £2.12)

A great beer, with malty depths and a distinctly honeyed note

Beer Kitchen Espresso Stout (wadworth.co.uk, £4 for 330ml)

sweet, smooth, mocha beer that is just fab with dark chocolate


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