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the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

2011 Valpolicella Allegrini, Veneto £7.95, The Wine Society

lightweight, full of dark cherries and gentle spice

2012 Valpolicella 'Saseti', Monte Dall'Ora £11.50, Les Caves

this is a mid-weight wine of perfume, red fruit and savoury nuances

2009 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, Monte Santoccio £19.50, Swig

typical flavours of cherry is bitter chocolate, coffee and plum

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2011 Tesco Finest Soave Classico. £7.99, Tesco

intense; ripe peachy scents and delicious apricoty fruit

2008 Rioja Campo Aldea Gracian. £12.99, Marks & Spencer

Astonishingly aromatic; dark fruit and gamey undertones

2010 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River. £14.99, Majestic

rich core of cassis fruit behind the smoky and cinnamon-spicy fragrance

the Observer - David Williams

Simply Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain 2012 (£4.59, Tesco)

particularly juicy and lively; strawberries and plums

Jimenez-Landi Sotorrondero, Mentrida, Spain 2011 (~£15, sampler, roberson, winebear)

Rhone-style syrah-garnacha red blend; enveloping black fruit warmth

Gonzalez-Byass Tío Pepe Fino En Rama Sherry (£14.95, see gonzalezbyassuk.com)

Act fast to enjoy its salty sour dough and fresh apple charm

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Cote Roannaise Vieilles Vignes 2012, 12% abv, £8.50 Wine Society

deliciously juicy gamay

Tyrrells Old Winery Verdelho 2012, 12% abv, £8.50 Wine Society

light, limey; refreshing alternative to ubiquitous sauvignon blanc

Sainsbury's Portuguese Red £4.99, 12.5% abv

easy-drinking – a good glugger for a barbecue

The Scotsman - Brian Elliott

2011 Le Versant Viognier, Languedoc, France, 13.5%. £7.99, Wine Rack

appealing, fresh, ripe white with delightful peach and melon fruit

2010 Barossa Valley Petit Verdot South Australia, 13.5%. £9.99, M&S

dense plum, blackcurrant and beetroot flavours with flowery aromas

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Yalumba The Scribbler 2009/10 Australian (13.5%, Wine Rack, £13.99)

Think mulberries and licorice, juice with structure. Delightful.

Plantagenet Samson’s Range Shiraz/Cabernet 2009 Australia (Waitrose, £9.99)

watch out for it at £7.49 over the summer.

Penfolds Koonunga Shiraz Cabernet 2011 Australia (13.5%, Asda £8 on offer, Sai, Wai)

The soft moleskin texture, the enveloping warmth… reliable and beautifully made.

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Sambrooks Wandle Beer. £2.80 AlesbyMail

Impeccable complexity, a thirst-quenchinng hoppy twist

Black Sheep Ale. £1.97, Tesco

Fruity and tangy in equal measures

Sierra Nevada Torpedo. £1.99 Waitrose

Intense turbocharged does of utter refreshment; wildly invigorating

The Kernal IPA Citra. £3.35, beermerchants

Bright, arresting verve and zesty power

Manchester Star Ale. £1.79, Sainsbury's

A rich dark beer that's deliciously moreish


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