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the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Prosecco San Leo NV, 11%, Waitrose, £6.66 to Jan 3.

the very best cheap prosecco I could find, although I’d avoid it at full price

Tesco Finest Bisol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene NV, 11.5%, £8 to Jan 3.

Light as a snowflake, airy, dry, gently reminiscent of ripe pears

De Saint Gall Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Champagne NV, 12%, M&S, £22 to Jan 1

Warm, rounded, ample, open, toasty, leonine

Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Simonnet-Febvre, France, 13%, Wine Rack, £15.99

sleek, complex and very well turned out

Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2006 England, 12%, Wine Pantry £27.99; Vagabond £28.50

Reminiscent of a creamy-brown bread sauce that’s nicely knit together

the Independent on Sunday - Terry Kirkby

Cockburn's Special Reserve Port, £8.75,

rich and concentrated aromas of red fruits – predominantly red cherry

Fonseca Terra Prima Organic Reserve. £12.99,

deliciously textured, velvety smooth and succulent port.

Dow's 2007 Vintage, £76,

typical Dow dry spiciness with solid flavours of plums and cassis.

Dow's Fine White, £10.28,

serve chilled or as a long drink with tonic water and a slice of lemon

Harrods 10 Year Old Tawny, £21.50,

delicate nutty character and dried fruit notes

Graham's late Bottle Vintage 2006, £9.49,

freshly picked blackberries, black cherries and even hints of chocolate

Fortnum's Tawny 10 Years Old, £23.50,

deliciously nutty and beautifully fresh Tawny

Marks & Spencer Late Bottled Vintage, £11.99,

Wines from a single harvest that display the complexity of a vintage port

Taylor's 1985 Vintage, £75,

Boasting superb depth and richness, it has a good long finish.

Taylor's Vargellas Vintage 2001, £28.40,

a stylish vintage port at the fraction of the price you would expect

the Observer - David Williams

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Gewurztraminer, Alsace 2010 – £7.99

a mix of lychees, Turkish delight and Thai spices fired by bright acidity

Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile 2009 – £8.79 Majestic

menthol tang, pure cassis fruit and mellow tannins

Bodega Chueca Txomin Etxaniz, Getariako Txakolina, Spain 2010, £13.99, Waitrose

Sea-breeze bracing with its salty, lemony tang and faint spritz

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Bott-Geyl Pinot d'Alsace Métiss 2008 (£10.99 Jas Nicholson; 13% abv)

just-off dry but deliciously fruity blend

Bott-Geyl's Riesling Les Elements 2009 (£13.75; 13% abv)

a good buy from the same merchant

Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2010 (£9.99 larger Co-ops, 2 @ £8.79 Majestic)

zingy lime, grapefruit and citrus flavours

Saint Michel Blanc Perlé Gaillac 2010 (Majestic 2 @ £5.99; 12.5% abv)

deliciously floral blend of loin de l'oeil, muscadelle and mauzac

Asda Extra Special Fiano 2010 (12.5% abv)
Asda Extra Special Gavi 2010 (12.5%)

both on "rollback" at £5 a bottle; more than decent drinking

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown


fabulous, fragrant albarino; elegant, crisp and dry with dense fruit

HEFEABZUG GRUNER VELTLINER 2010 Nikolaihof, (£15.99, Majestic; Raeburn)

impressive richness, steely cut and poised citric fruits

CAVE DE LUGNY MACON VILLAGES 2010 (£6.17-£6.64, Asda; Co-op; Wait; Maj)

shows characteristic buttery, citric notes.

CHEVERNY BLANC 2010 Pascal Bellier, (£10-£11.49, Lockett Bros, Luvians)

Zippy, aromatic, grassy sauvignon blanc bolstered with a dose of chardonnay

CLOS DE PHILIBERT BLANC 2005 Meo Camuzet, (£18, Raeburn Fine Wines)

fabulous richness. Star buy at a recent burgundy tasting.

WITHER HILLS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011 (£5.99, Majestic Wine)

rich, full-flavoured style; I cannot beat this on price


peachy offering at a remarkable price for the grape

ESK VALLEY CHENIN BLANC 2010 (£10, WoodWinters; Peckham; Luvians; Fine Wine Co)

limey melony notes, fabulous zesty fruit; always a winner

GREYWACKE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011 (£14, Luv; Mostly Wine; Henderson; P Green; WdWinters)

Beautifully judged, limey, vibrant sauvignon with tangy flavours

WAKEFIELD ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2009 (£10.99, Majestic Wine)

Cashew nuts and cream with a clean, vibrant palate

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Gran Barquero Pedro Ximenez, Spain (Waitrose, £9.25 for 50cl)

sweet, liquid raisins and figs, with a dash of mocha

Les Lions de Suduiraut 2009, Bordeaux (, £14.99 for 37.5cl)

Peaches, honey and lemon drops, with a fresh finish

De Bortoli Show Reserve Liqueur Muscat NV, Australia (Majestic, 2 @ £11.99)

glorious aroma of toffee and sultanas, and nutty, creamy notes

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