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the Independent - Terry Kirby

Berrys' Own Selection Mosel Riesling Kabinett 2011 (10%, £9.75, Berry Bros)

just-the-right-side-of-off-dry, briskly refreshing

Araldica Moscato D'Asti 2012 (5%, £8.49, Virgin Wines)

Zingy, fresh flavours of apricots and pears; lovely clean finish

Torres Natureo Muscat 2012 (0.5%vol, £4 Asda on offer; £5.99, Waitrose)

naturally sweet honey and apple fruit flavours and floral aromas

the Observer - David Williams

Ken Forrester Workhorse Chenin Blanc 2012 (£7.99, Marks & Spencer)

taut and tangy white from the evergreen master of chenin blanc

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville, South Africa 2013 (Waitrose)

quivering, zesty box-fresh example

Reyneke Organic Syrah, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2011 (£10.50, winedirect)

dark and sinewy organic syrah; realistically priced

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Compass Box Whisky Company, Hedonism (£53.95, thewhiskyexchange.com)

fragrant, honeyed, non chill-filtered

Scotch Whisky Society, G1.9 (£54.70 to members; 62.8% abv)

a lively 21-year-old from the North British distillery

Berry Bros & Rudd, 1988 Invergordon Single Grain Whisky (£70, 46% abv)

myriad complex flavours from light muscovado sugar to mace

Glen Orchy Scotch Whisky (£13.49, Lidl)

warming, spicy, five-year-old blended malt

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

Bobbie Burns Durif 2009 (£13.50, The Wine Society)

savoury, chunky, mouthfilling; a good match for the meaty haggis

Bonny Doon Le Pousseur Syrah 2008 (£23-£27, St Andrews Wine; Calistoga)

fine, now rather pricey, wines from Rhone grapes

Iona Syrah 2007 (£15, Exel Wines)

cool classic

Lomond Merlot 2009 (£9.22, www.sawinesonline.co.uk)

a meaty note and ample acidity

Logan Orange Chardonnay 2011 (£14.99, Lockett Bros, St Andrews Wine)

steely grip and mountain freshness

Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2011 (£29.40, Free Run Juice)

cool, pure, restrained example of this fickle grape

Woodcutters Shiraz 2012 (£17, Raeburn Wines, Wines Direct)

meaty, peppery, grippy Aussie shiraz

Campbells Rutherglen Muscat (£11.49 hf bt, Waitrose)

luscious, raisiny, fortified

McRae Wood Shiraz 2008 (£29.99, Waitrose

great fleshy fruit character and immense purity

Lothian Vineyards Dry Riesling 2012 (£9.75, Oddbins)

limey, minerally

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

2012 Verdicchio di Matelica, Poggio alle Rondini. £6.99 Majestic

2012 Pecorino, Terre de Chieti, Abruzzo £9.99, Marks & Spencer

2010 Verdicchio di Matelica Cambrugiano Riserva, Belisari. £16.82, winedirect

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Quando Sauvignon Blanc 2013, South Africa. £7.75 Wine Society

Brimming with zesty allure; fantastic price

Domaine Horgelus Sauvignon/Gros Manseng, France. £8.95 Swig

Sublimely punchy and electrifying white

Domaine de Villemajou Corbeieres 2011, France. £11.99 Majestic

Silky and rich with bold, spicy glory. Down from £14.99

JP Boisson, Le Petite Caboche 2012, France. £8.95, Yapp

Top notch with a fragrant, fruity character

Marks & Spencer Gers 2012. £4.99

Sharp, snappy jolt of flavour; shrill and zingy white

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Quinta do Noval LBV 2007 Douro, Portugal (thedrinkshop.com, £16.49)

clove-spiked, cherry-ripe LBV is serious stuff at a decent price

Blandy’s Aged 10 Years Bual Madeira, Portugal (morrisonscellar.com, £17.99)

Walnut, orange peel, caramel, dates and figs are all here

Taylor’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port (thewhiskeyexchange.com, £34.45)

especially smooth, creamy and blissful


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