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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2009. £9.83 Budgens

A no-nonsense Zin with juicy, berryish fruit

Bonterra Organic Zinfandel 2009. £9.79 Waitrose

Muscle, spice, oomph; lasting flavour

Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2009. £19.95 Slurp.co.uk

Intense fruit; sleek texture and a hint of Christmas spice

Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel 2009. £26 The Wine Society

Resonates with subtle spice along with raspberry verve

Syrah Amura 2009, Chile. £11.99 M&S

Outrageously intense and peppery red wine

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Marco de Pegoes 2009, Península de Setubal (13.5%, Majestic, 2 @ £5.99)

all red and black fruit underpinned with liquorice

Finest Touriga Nacional 2010 Alentejano, Portugal (13.5%, £7.79, Tesco)

an easy drink without losing all of the grape’s dark ferocity

Syrah Cortes de Cima Vinho Tinto 2009, Portugal (14%, Waitrose, £11.49)

gloriously scented, fresh-smelling, calming, oaked but not over-oaked

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2011 Marks & Spencer CM Carmenere, Elquí Valley. £7.49

herbal undertone to this sweetly liquorice-spicy red

2009 Heartland Dolcetto/Lagrein, Langhorne Creek. £13, Oddbins

cherry-fruit mingles with hints of mint and pepper

2008 Nebbiolo d'Alba Il Cumot Bricco Maiolica. £20.75, Lea & Sandeman

perfumed example; bright cherryish fruit is as irresistible

the Observer - David Williams

Tesco Finest Touriga Nacional, Portugal 2011 (£7.79, Tesco)

really bright, juicy, quite robust red full of dark plummy fruit

AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin, SA 2011 (£9.95, H Nics; N Young; Oxford; WoodWinters)

subtly honeyed orchard fruit shot through with edgy acidity

Bellvale Athena's Vineyard Chardonnay, Australia 2008 (£19.80, Jascots)

layers of tropical fruit and gently expressive savoury flavours

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Solear Barbadillo Manzanilla (£5.09 at Waitrose,; £54 X 12 tesco.com; 15% abv)

Refreshingly salty, nutty; deserves a permanent place in your fridge

Mooi Bly Chenin Blanc 2011 (£8.99 The Real Wine Company; 13% abv)

from South Africa, a smooth, very drinkable dry white

Excelsior Paddock Shiraz 2010 (£6.99 The Real Wine Company; 13.5% abv)

Bright, fruity red

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliott

2011 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, £9.99 Waitrose

fresh and clean gooseberry flavours and a lovely, long, orange-centred finish

2009 Buchin Pinot Noir Baden, Germany, £9.99, www.winedeal.co.uk

really deep raspberry and cherry fruit that is topped off with spice

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Innis & Gunn Original Oak-Aged Beer, (widely available, £1.79 for 330ml)

soft, wood-spiced, slightly caramel flavours; Chill a little

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2007, West Sussex (Waitrose, £22.49 until 29 May)

crisp apples and pears and richer, yeasty, bready notes

Henry Weston 2010 Vintage Cider, Herefordshire (widely available, £1.83 for 500ml)

strong, rich, juicy; great with a traditional buffet spread or British cheeses


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