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the Independent - Anthony Rose

2013 Tesco Finest* Côtes de Gascogne Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc. £5.99

appetisingly dry; vibrantly juicy quality with a dry flourish

2011 Malbec Luigi Bosca, Vistalba. £15.99, Majestic

A serious, pure and beautifully-crafted Argentinian malbec

2011 Insoglio del Cinghiale, Campo di Sasso, Toscana. £18.95, corneyandbarrow

Stylish Tuscan rosso; rich in primary dark berry fruit

the Observer - David Williams

Heartland Stickleback Red, South Australia, 2009 (£10.49, M&S)

sumptuous but not overbearing red-fruited blend

La Jara Zero Assoluto Prosecco NV (£12.99, Champagne Warehouse)

superbly pure, properly dry prosecco from one of the best producers

Les Grands Bois Trois Soeurs Viognier 2012 (£9.95, Vineyards Direct)

terrific value, peachy, honeysuckle-inflected white Rhone

Domaine of the Bee, Cotes Catalanes, France 2011 (£24, domaineofthebee.com)

brooding, voluminous, evocative and silky southern French red

Yabby Lake Red Claw Chardonnay, Victoria, Australia 2012 (£17.95, swig.co.uk)

racy, chiselled, luminous cool-climate chardonnay

Bodegas Jimenez Landi Bajondillo, Méntrida, Spain 2012(£7.50, Wine Society)

succulent Spanish take on the peppery Rhone-style syrah-grenache blend

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Mineralstein Riesling 2012 (£8.99, Marks & Spencer; 12% abv)

cleverly balanced and delicately grapey

Yealands Estate PGR 2013 (13% abv, £12.95 Great Western Wine)

zippy freshness; exotic character

Black Cottage Pinot Gris 2013 (14%, £9.99 Majestic)

attractively peachy, off-dry

Dominio del Plata Torrontés 2012 (£8.99, Marks & Spencer; 13.5% abv)

fragrant; from torrontés specialist Susana Balbo, is a great example

Benedict Slovenian White 2012 (£7.50, Wine Society; 13% abv)

well-priced; blend of pinot gris and riesling, this time with furmint

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Canto Real Verdejo 2012 Rueda, Spain (Morrisons, £7.99)

Refreshing and subtle, but with a limey tang and herbaceous hint

Riesling Le Kottabe 2011 Josmeyer, Alsace (Wine Society, £16.50)

particularly fruity, modern alsace; juicy baked apples

La Grille Pinot Noir 2011 Vin de France (Majestic, £6.99)

Fresh, soft, inexpensive; black cherry and wild strawberry fruit

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

M&S Rare Pedro Ximenez, Spain. £7.49

like being sucked into a vortex of figs and dates

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Chilean Cab Merlot 2013. £7.99

A riot of summery dark fruit romps in every glass

The Society's Exhibiton Albarino 2012, Spain. £12.95

Imagine a peach surfing a wave of zest lime juice

Peller Ice Wine Cuvee Sparkling NV, Canada. £25 Gt Western Wine

fruity, frothy, golden and glorious

Mas des Montagnes 2011, France. £5.99 Majestic on offer

As plump as a black cherry the size of a football

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

Tesco Finest NV £6.40 (50cl)

zesty, saline charms of un-oxidised sherry

Pedro's Almacenista NV 8.99, Majestic

nutty, aged depth allied to its glorious refreshment factor

El Maestro Sierra NV £9.95 (half), Roberson

wine of great stature and complexity, creamy and rich

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


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