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week beginning 21/01/2013

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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Taste the Difference Gruner Veltliner 2011 (Austria) 7.49 Sainsbury's

a sparky white with subtle aromatic edges

Charles Smith 'Kung Fu Girl' Riesling 2011 (US) 11.95 Slurp

brilliant wine with a fruity wow factor

Yali Reserva Gewurztraminer 2011 (Chile) 2 @ 6.99 Majestic

intensely fragrant and with a fantastic zingy freshness

Finest 'La Francese' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 (Italy) 6.99 Tesco

juicy, mellow red is a good all-rounder

Castillo Andaluz Tempranillo Shiraz 2011 (Spain) 5.99 Sainsbury's

great value week night sipper with a decent fruity oomph to it

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2010 Tesco Finest* Saint-Mont, Plaimont. 5.49 on offer Tesco

intense tropical fruit zest is great value even at the list price

2010 The Hedonist Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia. 12.99, Waitrose

smoky, biodynamic Aussie red has opulent, blackberry-fruit flavours

2009 Château Boutisse, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux. 25, Marks & Spencer

youthful, fragrant, modern; succulence with a stiffening backbone

the Observer - David Williams

Paul de Albas Ribera del Duero, Spain 2011 (7.98, Asda)

deftly oaked; glossiness of texture and plenty of bright red and black fruit

Terra d'Alter Alfrocheiro, Alentejo, Portugal 2011 (9.95, Lea & Sandeman)

filled with the flavours of ripe strawberries, cherries and plums

Tamaya Halcón Reserva, Limar Valley, Chile 2010 (2 @ 8.79, Majestic)

complex, minerally red blend; flavours of crushed black fruit and black pepper

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Copper Fox, Single Malt Barrel Kit. (120, Milroy's, the Whisky Exchange)

two-litre charred oak cask and two 70cl bottles of 62% unaged spirit

Milroy's Finest Blend Malt (19.95; 40% abv)

Not complex or thought-provoking, just a very drinkable whisky

Compass Box Great King Street Artist's Blend (23.45 masterofmalt, Whsky Exnge, Royal Mile)

fragrant, heathery; a whisky to try even if you think you don't like whisky

The Scotsman - Brian Elliott

2011 Chateau de Cléray Muscadet Sur Lie, 12 per cent. 7.99, Majestic

clean and fresh grapefruit flavours; some nutty, mineral touches

2010 Pecchenino San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani, Italy, 13 per cent. 12, Oddbins

delivers vibrant spice and nutty undertones; pronounced plum and cherry fruit

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Biberius Temperanillo 2011, Ribera del Duero, Spain (9.99 James Nicholson)

Smacks of fruitcake and plum, with a note of mocha

Domaine Bellier Cheverny 2011, Loire, France (10 James Nicholson)

fresh and succulent sauvignon blanc, with a bright note of tangerine

Massaya Classic Red 2009, Lebanon (12.75, James Nicholson)

Mingles ripe red berries with spicy, savoury, leathery hints

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2011 Spain (11.5%, Waitrose, 5.49 until Jan 22)

floral, grapey; gewürztraminer and muscat blend is juicy as a ripe pear

Dolcetto Diano dAlba Andrea Oberto 2010 Italy (14.5%, Lea & Sandeman, 13.75)

Compact and assured, as if it has a fine layer of granite inside it

Atlantis Santorini 2011 Greece (13%, M&S, 10.49)

bright and narrow as a shaft of morning sunlight glittering across the water

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