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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 Chilean Chardonnay, Asda, £2.98.

dirt-cheap summery white; big, fat, buttery tropical fruit

2006 Claret, Bordeaux, Extra Special, Asda, £4.98

gentle, contemporary, herby, grassy, easy-swigging

2006 Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Rosé, Majestic, 2 @ £7.99

voluptuous, ripe, grapey, delicate, gamey

2006 Jasnières, Dom des Gauletteries, Majestic, 2 @ £6.99

plenty of ripe, floral, elegant, yet rounded peach and apricot

2005 Pouilly Fuissé, Clos sur la Roche, Stone, Vine £16.95

lively, leafy 2005, with lots of ripe fruit

2004 Le Clos du Serres, Les Marros, Stone, Vine & Sun, £8.95

exotic, fruity, unoaked Midi red

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2005 Chablis Paul Salignon, £7.98 Asda

A good supermarket example of this dinner-party staple

2006 Sancerre Rosé, Daniel Chotard, £10.87 A&B Vintners

Strawberry aroma, fuller and riper than most pink Sancerres

2005 La Crema Pinot Noir, £14.99 Waitrose

Polished; seductively sweet, spicy cherry fruit

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Brown Brothers Chenin Blanc. £4.99, Sainsbury

could almost be a vouvray from the Loire

2003 Kaapzicht Pinotage. £9.60, Tanners

generously ripe red

2006 Ribolla Gialla. £11.25, Jeroboams

aromatic freshness; richness of fruit; intense lemony flavours

the Observer - Tim Atkin

Sainsbury's Manzanilla Pale Dry Sherry (£4.75)

refreshing, savoury; brilliant example of Jerez's lightest style

2005 Tesco Finest Beyers Truter Pinotage (£7.99)

rich, perfumed, blackberry and liquorice-like

2003 Umberto Fiore Barbaresco (£7.99, Marks & Spencer)

delicate, dry, leather- and truffle-scented

2006 Anakena Single Vineyard Viognier (3 @ £5.66 Thresh)

peachy, creamy, beautifully proportioned

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

Hoegaarden Witbier. (£2.99 Asda, Majestic, Sains, Tesco)

delightfully aromatic; delicate, elusive sweetness

Innis & Gunn Original (£1.49 all major supermarkets)

complex, caramel-laden ale aged in old bourbon barrels

Kasteel Cru (£1.29 per 33cl; Waitrose).

exhilaratingly refreshing, with a zesty note of citrus

Liefmans Frambozen (£2.29 Asda, Sains, Morris).

intriguing sweet/sour tartness; an absolute joy

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Mirambelo Dry Red 2004, Crete (£5.99, Oddbins)

dry, leathery red wine; oak-aged

Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2006, Santorini (£8.99, Waitrose)

pulses with minerality, and has little needley elbows

Xerolithia White 2006, Crete (£5.99, Oddbins)

citrussy and a bit stony, too; very easy to drink

Quadro Sei Gavi 2006, Italy (£5.49, Marks & Spencer)

preserved lemon taste


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