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week beginning 29/10/2012

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Quite a few wine columns missing from the nationals this weekend

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Prosecco Spumante, Italy. £6.99 Lidl

Lashings of bubbly flavour

Domaine Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner 2011, Austria. £9.99 Waitrose

Imagine the zing of fresh lime harnessed to the power of a lightbulb

Paul Mas Marsanne "La Forge" 2011, France. 2 @ £6.99 Majestic

Round and full of bright flavours and modern purity

Tanners Merlot IGP d'OC, France. £6.90, Tanners

Fragrant aromas and generous strawberry-like power

El Tesoro Monastrell-Shiraz, Spain. £4.95 The Wine Society

Juicy and delicious, it's unmissable at this price

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Quinta de Vargellas Port 2001 Portugal (20.5%, Maj, Self, Wait, F&M, around £29)

delicate, violet-like perfume; gentle cedary taste

Quinta do Noval LBV 2005 (19.5%, ocado, cambridge, york, Lea & Sand, around £18)

Tastes of plump raisins and nuts, but really it’s about texture and shape

Sandeman Late-Bottled Vintage Port 2007 Portugal (20.5%, Waitrose, £14.99)

beautifully sleek, well-structured; pleasing freshness

the Independent on Sunday - Terry Kirkby

Tenuta Le Calcinaie Gabriele 2006. £14.17 (minimum order 12), goedhuis.com

richly, earthily warming; flavours of chocolate, coffee and blueberries

Vistamar Sepia Pinot Noir Reserva 2011. £8.35, smithfieldwine.com

fresh and medium-bodied on the palate, but with big, full fruit flavours

Espelt Costa Brava 2009. £4.99 (normally £9.99; until 30 October), The Co-op

oak-aged blend of smooth red fruits and spicy undertones

the Observer - David Williams

Taste the Difference Marzemino delle Venezie 2011 (£5.99 on offer, Sainsbury's)

pretty, light red; perfumed, fresh red berry and cherry character

The Parcel Series Riesling, Eden Valley 2006 (£9.99, or 2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

penetrating dry white; full of intense limey flavours

Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California (£12.99, Waitrose)

mouthwatering quality to the deep, dark but exuberantly pure fresh fruit

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Cohort Double Black Belgian Rye PA (£2.59; 7.5% abv Summer Wine Brewery)

exotic, dark, hoppy; made with rye malt, American hops and Belgian yeast

Lovibonds brewery Sour Grapes (£15 from brewery; 6% abv)

intensely refreshing, barrel-aged wheat beer; Ltd production of 500 bottles

BrewDog Hello, My Name Is Beastie (£2.69, brewery web site; 8.2% abv)

delicious, bramble-infused double IPA

Wild Beer Co Epic Saison (£2.80, Corks of Cotham, Bristol; 5% abv)

gorgeous, almost caramelly saison-style beer

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliott

Graham’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port (£35.49, Waitrose)

long, perfumed, figgy flavours and tasty citrus finish

1999 Graham’s Quinta Dos Malvedos Vintage Port (Sainsbury’s ~£25)

rich, spicy, award-winning

1999 Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim (Tesco ~£25)

well-integrated blaeberry touches

1996 Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha (Morrisons ~£25)

slightly minty, cherry-centred

2007 Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage Port

dense, dark plum favours with a touch of nutmeg and is ready to drink

Croft’s Pink Port (£10.88, Sainsbury’s)

light, rosé style; spicy aperitif with flavours of dried fruit and herbs

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Extra Special Dão 2010, Portugal (Asda, £6.98)

peppered blackberries with hints of dried thyme and liquorice

Quinta de Fafide Reserva 2008, Douro, Portugal (Marks & Spencer, £12.99)

beguilingly juicy and rounded, tasting of cherry fruitcake and raspberries

Ramos Reserva 2010/2011, Alentejano, Portugal (Majestic, 2 @ £6.99 until 29 Oct)

blackberry, cassis and mulberry fruit; dry, with a rich seam of vanilla oak


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