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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

House NV Pinot Noir (£4.79, Sainsbury’s)

A cheap-and-cheerful Romanian beauty with softness and easy-going fruit

Moncaro Verdicchio Classico 2011 (£5.29, Waitrose)

A great little wine with zippy citrus freshness; touch of mellow roundness

Domaine Les Yeuses Vermentino 2011 (£6.95, Lea & Sandeman)

Amazing white with laser freshness and cool refreshment in every sip

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano DOCG 2011

in 1.5l bottles for £14.99. Great fun for a party

Tesco Simply Prosecco NV £6.49

for value for money is top notch

Tesco Cava Brut NV

for under a fiver remains incredibly tough to beat for sheer value for money

Sainsbury's Blanc de Noirs Champagne (£18)

a toasty richness as well as zesty purity and is a fair price

Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne (widely available around £32)

for sheer excellence and upbeat freshness, has real wow factor

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV (around £35)

For a richer, rounder sip, the more powerful

Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame 2004 (£120, Majestic)

floral delicacy and intense refreshment, outstanding quality

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

San Leo Brut Prosecco NV Italy (12%; Waitrose, £6.66 until Jan 2)

Crunchy and herbaceous

Finest* Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Italy (11%; Tesco, £50.94 per case)

Feather-light prosecco, with a gentle taste of pear skin

Villa Cialdini Lambrusco Rosso 2011 Italy (11%; Real Wine Company, £8.99)

a red that sparkles but it's also dry and reminiscent of sour cherries

JS Blanc de Blancs Brut NV Champagne (12%; Sainsbury’s £14.98 until Jan 1)

All-chardonnay champagne made for by Duval Leroy. Very good

Real Wine Company Marc Chauvet Brut Tradition Champagne NV (12%; £19.99)

Warm in style, nicely biscuity, with personality

Sainsbury’s Brut Rose Champagne NV (12%; Sainsbury’s, £19.99)

Delicate pink fizz made, like the blanc de blancs, by Duval Leroy

Les Pionniers Vintage Champagne 2004 France (12.5%; £22.99 until Jan 1, Co-op)

Made by Regis Camus at Heidsieck this is a real in-the-know buy

Barnaut Blanc de Noirs Brut Grand Cru Bouzy (12.5%; Lea & Sandeman, £24.95)

Very alert, with a spicy, big-boned warmth

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 (12.5%; around £70, Berry Bros, Waitrose, Majestic)

with the added complexity and dimension of this superb vintage

Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Non Dose 1er Cru NV (12.5%; Lea & Sandeman, £36.95)

Very dry and very invigorating. An extreme grower champagne

Bollinger Rose NV Champagne, France (12%: Berry Bros, £52.20)

Better than pink LP and better than pink Veuve; masterful

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002 (12%: £120 Berry Bros; Bordeaux Index)

Understated but highly sophisticated – this will improve

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2011 Tesco Simply Garnacha. £4.49, Tesco

juicy party quaffer with aromas of plum and prune; spicy edge

2011 Carmagnole Prestige Caramany. £9.99, M&S

pepper and liquorice fragrance; garrigue herb and a rustic flourish

2009 Chanson Meursault. £25.99, Sainsbury's

peachy chardonnay fruit; subtle oak; finishes on a mineral dry high

the Observer - David Williams

Fonseca Bin 27 Finest Reserve Port (from £8.99, Majestic, Morrisons, Tesco)

bold, fresh, dark fruits-of-the-forest compote; sweet Christmassy dried fruits

Quinta do Noval Colheita Port 1997 (from £35.99, ocado; shjones; cambridgewine)

The complex flavours flit between nutty and figgy

Montalto Nero d'Avola Appassimento IGT Sicilia 2011 (£10 part of a case of 6, Tesco)

mixes dark cherry and, yes, raisins, in a robust, powerful and bittersweet red

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Marks & Spencer's Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2008 (down £5 to £13)


Domaine Brocard Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu Sainte Céline 2010 (£13.99 Sains)


Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudon 2010 (13% abv Wine Society £10.95)


Tesco's Mâcon Blanc Villages 2011 (£4.99, though only in 503 stores; 12.5% abv)

A bargain

Nicolas Potel Pouilly-Fuissé 2010 (£10.99 from £14.99 at Waitrose; 13% abv)

has the heft to deal with the chestnut stuffing and gravy

Domaine Vincent Delaporte 2011 Sancerre Chavignol (£15.95 Lea & Sandeman; 13% abv)

beautifully crafted, pure, minerally

Parcel Series Riesling 2006 (12.5% abv, Majestic 2 @ £6.99)

from the Eden Valley, with its searing streak of lime

Versus Furmint (£9.99, Real Wine Company 13% abv)

refreshing, floral

Versus Pinot Gris (£9.99, Real Wine Company 13.5% abv)

just off-dry, musky

Versus Muskateller (£12.99, Real Wine Company 12% abv)

gorgeous, grapey; would appeal if you like gewürztraminer

Scotland on Sunday - Rose Murray-Brown

La Rioja Alta Reserva 2006 (£12.50, The Wine Society)

smells of vanilla, coconut and table polish; velvet smooth

Quinta de Chocapalha Tinto 2007 (£11.50,

based on touriga nacional and tinta roriz. Good with beef or turkey

Barbera d’Alba 2009 Cascina Fontana (£16.50, Berry Bros & Rudd)

superb barbera is juicy, fresh and pure

Bagus 2005 Bodegas Lopez de Cristobel (£24.99, Raeburn Wines, Edinburgh)

Beautifully made with lush fruits, mature vanilla notes

Lago Bruno Rosso 2007 Incontri (£19.60,

Spicy and velvet smooth – an unusual match with roast turkey

Dog Point Pinot Noir 2010 (£25, Berry Bros & Rudd)

upfront succulent fruit with good balance of fresh natural acid

Kayra Imperial Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009 (£18,

Full brambly fruits, spicy, herby tea-leaf notes

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2008 (£25.99, Waitrose; Champany Cellars, Linlithgow)

Luscious black fruits, elegant palate, fine tannins

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2008 (£17.99, Waitrose;

peppery elegant shiraz. Delicious with roast goose

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Les Jamelles Réserve Mourvèdre 2011, Pays d'Oc, France (Co-op £6.99)

spiced blackcurrant flavour and rounded, sun-ripe finish

Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel 2010, Lodi, California (Waitrose, £12.99)

brightly fruity, ripe blueberry and raspberry fruit, liquorice edge

Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011, France (Marks & Spencer, £8.49)

plenty of blackcurrant and baked plum and a mellow, soft toffee/clove layer

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