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the Independent - Anthony Rose

2012 Shiraz, 5th Generation, Grant Burge, Barossa Valley. £8.99, Wine Rack

Bright, vivid and spicily aromatic, this is a classic Barossa shiraz

2012 Stefan Winter Riesling Trocken, Rheinhessen. £12.95, Harvey Nichols

exotic passion fruit fragrance; zingy attack of peach and lime

2011 Nga Waka Pinot Noir, Martinborough. £15.95, Jeroboams

red cherry perfume; sumptious cherry and raspberry juiciness

the Observer - David Williams

Turkey Flat Butchers Block Marsanne Viognier Roussanne 2011 (£11.99, Majestic)

superbly rich and peachy Rhone-inspired dry white

Agricola Vallone Vereto Salice Salentino, Italy 2010 (£8.99, Majestic)

a wave of black cherry and lip-smacking plum-skin tang

Domaine Les Yeuses Les Epices Syrah 2011 (£7.99, Majestic)

liquorice-edged spice

Vina Ardanza Rioja 2004 (£18.50, Majestic)

old-style red Rioja; suave and savoury

Bodega Muriel Vendimia Seleccionada Rioja 2008 (£7.49, Majestic)

coconut, leather and black fruit

Soalheiro Alvarinho, Vinho Verde, Portugal 2012 (£16.75, Lay & Wheeler)

Vinho Verde at its most electric, shimmering with apricot and salty citrus

AA Badenhorst White Blend, Swartland South Africa 2010 (£22.80, Lay & Wheeler)

powerful and complex mix of golden apples and flinty minerals

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Domaine Maby, La Fermade 2011 (14.5% abv, Yapp £12.25)

classic southern Rhone; as intense as most supermarket Chsteauneufs

Marks & Spencer Legat 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (£16.99; 14% abv)

generous sweet, fruity

Domaine Lou Frejau Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 (£14.99; 14% abv Aldi)

younger, but suitably weighty; brought in for Christmas

Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 (14% abv, Yapp £31)

stunner; opulent, heady; delicious now, but will be even better

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

TOURAINE SAUVIGNON 2012 Domaine de L’Aumonier (£12.50, Lockett Bros)

crisp, dry, high acidity and ripe fleshy fruits

RULLY BLANC 1ER CRU MEIX CADOT 2009 V. Dureuil-Janthiel (£19.99, Raeburn)

a very rich, rewarding, mouthfilling, lightly oaked chardonnay

ORGANIC CHABLIS 2010 Domaines Brocard (£14.99, Marks & Spencer)

Unoaked, pure, crisp chardonnay fruits, this is delicious

COTES DU RHONE BLANC LES BECS 2011 Tardieu Laurent (£11.50, Corney & Barrow)

weight and richness on the palate

SOAVE CLASSICO SINGLE VINEYARD LA ROCCA 2008 (£19.99, Luvians, Majestic; Valvona & Crolla)

honeyed, rich, golden gem with amazing long length

TALAMONTI TRABOCHETTO PECORINO 2011 (£13.95, Valvona & Crolla)

This has a lovely balance of fruit and acidity

AVANTHIA GODELLO 2012 Avanthia (£18.75, vinissimus; C&D Wines; Wimbledon Wine; Highbury)

Butterscotch, greengage fruits, almond and lemon undertones

TINPOT HUT ‘MCKEE VINEYARD’ GRUNER VELTLINER 2012 (£15.99, Henderson Wines; Peckhams)

juicy, zesty and very focused acid, this is the perfect aperitif

GREYWACKE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 (£16.99, Henderson; V&C; Fine Wine CO; WoodWinters; Luvians)

superb citric, zesty sauvignon with dill undertones

ACONCAGUA CHARDONNAY 2011 Errazuriz (£14.95, Ellies Cellars, D Bryne)

There are plenty of Chilean bargains; this chardonnay is by far the best

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Pierre Gimonnet 1er Cru Brut Champagne NV (12.5%, Armi; Wine Society; Roberson)

Steely but stately. Amazing with shellfish.

Krug Grande Cuvee NV (12%, Sainsbury’s, £129.99 selected stores and online)

Exceptional, monumental and complex; It needs a quiet moment

The Co-op Les Pionniers Champagne 2004 (12%, £23.99 superstores & market town)

made by the feted Regis Camus at Heidsieck and it’s a superb wine

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Aldi Exquisite Collection Sud de France Sauvignon Blanc Viognier 2012, £5.99

zingy without being sharp, and gently fragrant

Lidl Chablis 2012 (12 per cent, France) £7.69

Crisp, fresh and a thing of beauty served chilled

Zalze Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012 (South Africa) £9.99, Sainsbury’s

tropical exuberance; brimming with voluptuous flavours

The Society’s Exhibition Albariño 2012 (Spain) £12.95, thewinesociety

Imagine the juiciest peach with a squirt of refreshing lime juice

Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2012 ( Italy) £5.59, Waitrose

still a belter, putting most Pinot Grigio to shame

Carmel Road Riesling 2009 U.S.) £14.95, corneyandbarrow.com

Offering crystal purity with an enticing honeysuckle fragrance

Los Boldos Merlot 2012 (Chile) £8.74 (6.99 if you buy two), Majestic

soft, juicy flavour and a kink of smoky richness

Asda Extra Special El Meson Gran Reserva Rioja 2001 (Spain) £10

savoury, earthy re; long-lasting flavours packed with tangy fruit

Tesco Finest Marlborough Pinot Noir (New Zealand) £10.99

Stunningly fragrant; elegant, light-bodied, deft and delicious

Pulenta Estate Gran Corte 2009 (Argentina) £29, Marks & Spencer

Exquisitely balanced, powerful, vibrant fruit

Paparuda Pinot Noir 2012 (Romania) £5.99, adnams.co.uk

a real glimpse of the great value coming out of Romania

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2011 (13.5 per cent, France) £29.95, bbr.com

hypnotic, delicious, elegant and powerful – savour every sip

Sylvoz Prosecco DOC Treviso Le Colture Brut NV (Italy) £11.95, corneyandbarrow

delightfully delicate, with a joyful sense of razzle-dazzle

Agrapart Les 7 Brut (12 per cent, France) £31, thewinesociety

Charged with lemony zest and a touch of subtle golden honey

Pierre Darcys Champagne (12 per cent, France) £10, Asda

bright, dancing fizz has a subtle moreish character

Lionel Carreau Cuvée Préembulles NV (France) £36, Marks & Spencer

A classy fizz; Invigoratingly zesty with a glossy texture

Krug Grande Cuvée NV (12 per cent, France) £120, Majestic

one of the world’s finest Champagnes; deep, rich treasury of refreshment

Asti Spumante NV (7.5 per cent, Italy) £7.99, Marks & Spencer

A frothy, fizzy, fun counterpoint to the richness of Christmas pud

Waitrose Cream Sherry (19.5 per cent, Spain) £6.99

dried-fruit oomph, fudge-like sweetness and toasty tang

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Irish Cream Liqueur (35cl, 17 per cent) £6.50

Enjoy a creamy and cocoa-laced sip over ice

Maynard’s 10-Year-Old Tawny Port (20 per cent) £9.99, Aldi

Nutty, sweet, as fruity as a sultana and as powerful as an espresso

Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos 1999 £30.99, morrisonscellar.com

With lashings of black fruit, rose-like fragrance and deep, herby spice

Quinta do Noval 2011 £310.80 for six, laywheeler.com

An amazing vintage and one of the finest Ports from a top producer

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

M&S Dry Old Palo Cortado NV £7.49 (50cl)

nutty, caramel-laced (although the wine is bone dry) delight

Manzanilla Pasada ‘Pastrana’ NV, Hidalgo £11.99, Majestic

walnuts and yeasty depth to the verve and salty freshness

Oloroso ‘Antique’ NV Castilla, Fernando de Castilla £23.69 (50cl), Waitrose Direct

initially almost overpowering; orange pith, roasted nuts and black treacle


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