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the Independent - Anthony Rose

2012 El Patito Feo Garnacha Graciano, Navarra. £6.74, Majestic

fresh, spicy; ripe fruit; blueberry and blackberry flavours

2009 Michele Chiarlo Reyna Barbaresco. £32.95, Jeroboams

Fragrant and delicate; super-complex; backbone of acidity

2012 Dolcetto d'Alba, G D Vajra. £15.99-£16.99, Corks of Cotham, Martinez

vivid cherrystone quality with a damson-like nip of acidity

the Observer - David Williams

Niepoort Drink Me Douro Tinto, Portugal 2011 (£12.95, Lea & Sandeman)

finger-staining fresh mulberry juiciness

Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone, France 2012 (£12, Grt Western Wine)

meat, herbs and sweet spice

Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling, Australia 2011 (£14.95, Asda)

piercingly fresh Riesling, with its tingling lime and minerals

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Cain Cellars Cain Concept Napa Valley 2007 (14% abv, £42.33 Justerini & Brooks)

elegant; find a fellow enthusiast to share a case of six

Chimney Rock Stags Leap Cabernet 2008 (14.2% abv, £34.99 Hard To Find Wines)

seductively smooth

Silverado Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (£29.50, Hennings)

needs decanting, as do many of these comparatively young wines

Duckhorn Decoy Napa Valley Red 2010 (£23.99 D Byrne, £24.99 Invinity)

vivid, mouthwatering; a beaut

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

Champagne Legras Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV (£27.95 Lea & Sandeman)

quite savoury, minerally with a mellow, nutty finish.

Champagne J L Vergnon Conversation Brut NV (£28.95, Berry Bros & Rudd)

flinty notes, tight, citric, zesty fruit and brioche-rich creaminess

Champagne de Sousa Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru NV (£39.95, Berry Bros)

unusually vinous for a fizz: herby with pear and beeswax undertones

Champagne Paul Bara Brut NV (£29.95 Berry Bros & Rudd; OW Loeb)

It's ripe, expressive and delicious - and good value for champagne

Champagne Vilmart Grand Cellier d'Or Brut NV (£42, Berry Bros; Gauntleys)

rich, deep, complex, full bodied and oaky fizz; like a mini-Krug

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

De Bortoli DB Reserve Chardonnay 2011 (13%; Majestic £6.66)

Perfect example of modern Australian chardonnay at an affordable price

Finest* Cotes Catalanes Grenache 2012 (13.5%; Tesco £5.99 until April 8)

red-berryish red from the Languedoc that comes in very cheap

Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin (£33 for 70cl, warneredwards.com)

A vestigially lavender-scented gin, made in Northamptonshire

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Seifried Estate Savignon Blanc 2012, Nelson. £9.99 M&S

So dazzling it's like lightning in a bottle

Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2011, Central Otago. £12.99, nakedwines

Hands down the best value Pinot in Otago (price for nakedwines members)

Astrolabe Pinot Gris 2012, Marlborough. £17.99, Waitrose

Luxuriant and peachy; bouncing with pinging fruit

Ostler's Caroline's Pinot noir 2010, Waitaki. £29.95, Berry Bros

As pure as a glimmering mineral: think scented black cherries

Pear Tree White 2013, South Africa. £5.99, Sainsbury's

zesty and easy, think pear, apricot

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

2012 Chateau Gillet, Entre-deux-Mers £6.99, M&S

a shining beacon of modern claret; mid-weight and fruity

2008 Chateau Bone, Cotes de Bourg £9.42, chateaubone.com

all fragrant cedar wood and plum. Drinking perfectly

2010 Roc, Castillon, Cotes de Bordeaux £14.59, Booths

unashamedly modern with masses of dark, ripe blackberry and plum


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