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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc, Somerfield, £3.99

fragrant, frisky; gorgeous, juicy, gooseberry fruit is so seductive

2005 Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon, Somerfield, £3.99

Gutsy, blackcurrant-laden, creosote-scented Chilean cabernet

2005 Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio, California, Waitrose, £5.59

pleasant, ripe, grapey, floral, verdant £05 is worth the price asked

2000 Esprit de Chevalier, Bordeaux, France, Majestic, £13.99

ripe, dry, earthy spice that it is given away at this price

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2003 Cahors, Ch£teau de Gaudou, Tradition, Majestic 2 @ £5.49

Textbook dark, chunky blackberry- flavoured Cahors

2003 C£tes de Saint-Mont, Ch de Sabazan, £13.95 Grape Ideas

Chewy, plummy, toasty

2001 Madiran, Pl£nitude, £12.99-£14.95, Adnams, Grape Ideas

Dense and inky, with gamey, berry fruit

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2005 Agustinos Pinot Noir Reserva, B£o-B£o (£7.49, Averys)

minty, silky

2004 Falernia Reserva Syrah, Elqu£ Valley (£9.95, Great Western Wine)

peppery, spicy, Rh£ne-like

2005 Santa Rita Floresta Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley (£9.99, Waitrose)

minerally, nettley

2005 Cono Sur 20 Barrels Chardonnay, Casablanca (£12.99, select Morrisons)

harmonious, delicately oaked

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2005 Domaine de la Meynarde Plan de Dieu. £4.39, M&S

spicy C£tes du Rh£ne; based on grenache; classic winter warmer

2004 Chateau Segonzac Oak Aged Bordeaux, £7.99, Waitrose

blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon is definitely worth a shot

2004 Saint-V£ran, Terroirs de Davay£, Verget, £13.99, Oddbins

peach and pineapple chardonnay fruitiness framed by stylish oak

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

A Passoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2005. £6.49 Majestic

Crisp acidity, richly fruity; cool apples and early shoots; touch of pearskin

Darting Estate, D£rkheimer Michelsberg Riesling 2005. £5.24 M&S

impressive, dry German riesling that is friskily full of life and movement

Leasingham, The Magnus Riesling 2005. £7.49 Sai, Som; Thre 3 @ £5.33

Clare Valley; dry, vivid, invigorating example

Tesco Finest, Denman Estate Semillon 2005, Hunter Valley. £7.99

vivid, grassy, low-ish alcohol semillon

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

1999 Ch£teau de Fonbel, St-Emilion Grand Cru (£11.49 Bibendum)

excellent mouth-filling dark-fruited claret

2002 Wunsch et Mann Hengst Pinot Gris (£13.99 McKinley Vintners)

wonderfully full and spicy from Alsace

2005 Isla Negra 'High Tide' Cabernet Sauvignon (£8.99; Morrisons)

little gem is soft, intense and full-bodied and spot on

2000 Conde de Valdemar Rioja Reserva (3 @ £8.66 Thresh, Wne Rck)

soft, smooth, juicy and mature Rioja

2001 Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage Port (£10.99; all major supermarkets)

plenty of soft plum, cherry and blackberry fruit

Torres Moscatel Oro, Spain (£6.99 per 50cl; Sainsbury's)

wonderfully floral and voluptuous wine


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