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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 Andrew Peace Reserve Sem-Chard Somerfield, 3.99 until May 8

fresh, ripe, juicy, lemon, butter and melon-charged semillon

2006 Andrew Peace Reserve Cab-Shiraz, Somerfield, £3.99 May 8

oodles of crunchy, curranty, berry fruit; zesty, palate-cleansing finish

2004 Meursault, Louis Jadot, Waitrose, £14.99 until May 7

ripe, creamy, nutty, fresh brown bread-scented chardonnay

2004 Château Sénéjac, Haut Médoc, Waitrose £9.74

ripe, chunky cedary palate is as good as this region gets sub-£10

2006 Rive Haute Tannat, France, Adnams £6.99

ripe, perfumed, racy, violet-scented red

2005 Bourgogne Blanc Les Temps Perdus, Adnams, £7.75

elegant, cabbagey fruit; underpinned by steely, minerally finesse

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2005 Val da Clara, Douro, £6.99 (Oddbins).

Full, round berry fruit; fresh, dry finish

2004 Quinta do Coa, Douro, £7.99-£8.25 (Amps, Oxford Wine).

Stylish mulberry, spice and graphite flavours

2004 Niepoort Vertente, Douro, £13.99-£14.50 (Bat & Bottle; Philglas)

Classy cassis and vanilla scent

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Penny Farthing Semillon Viognier. £4.49 Tesco to 15 May

distinctive white; displays fresh aromas with peachy undertones.

2006 De Grendel Winifred, £8.99, Oddbins

semillon, chardonnay and viognier with a nettley, mustard-seed aroma

2005 Greenstone Heathcote Shiraz, £13.95, Bacchus, Philglas, Taurus

fine-tuned, not oversweet; opulence finely balanced by a damson acidity

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2006 Finca Las Higueras Pinot Gris, Mendoza (£5.29, Waitrose)

rich, peachy, fragrant white from high-altitude Argentina

2006 Oxford Landing Viognier, South Australia (£5.99, Co-op)

leading Viognier specialist; excellent wines at different prices.

2005 Tesco Chablis, Cave de Chablis (£6.20, Tesco)

textbook example of Burgundy's most northerly white wine.

2005 Sicilia Catarratto, Cossettino, Sicily (£7.25, Vintage Roots)

arguably Sicily's most exciting white variety; perfect with fresh fish.

2006 Montes Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

The Leyda Valley is becoming one of the best sources of Sauvignon.

2004 Novas Winemaker's Selection (£7.99, Vintage Roots)

A thrilling blend of Chardonnay, Marsanne and Viognier

2005 Alkoomi Riesling, Western Australia (£8.25, Jeroboams)

dry and lingering with flavours of lime peel and lemon.

2005 Pierre Bise Savennières Clos de la Coulaine (£11.50, Bibendum)

oaked, honeyed, waxy dry; will develop further complexity in bottle.

2005 Schloss Johannisberg Rotlack Riesling Kabinett (£11.99, some Tesco)

On the dry side for a Kabinett; has touches of apple and pear.

2003 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (£13.99, Waitrose)

this blend works perfectly.

2005 Chénas, Cave du Château de Chénas (£7.49, Majestic)

lots of colour and flavours of black cherry and raspberry.

2005 Home Ranch Pinot Noir, Sonoma (£9.99, Marks & Spencer)

proof California can compete in the under-£10 Pinot stakes.

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

Waitrose Cava, Spain (£4.49; Waitrose)

Drink it well-chilled as an aperitif; for celebrations on a budget

Freixenet Cordon Negro, 12% vol, Spain (£6.47; Tesco)

full and fruity; pleasing freshness and length

Codorníu Pinot Noir Rosado Brut (£8.99; Maje, Wne Rck, NYoung)

fresh-picked summer fruits on the nose and a delicate, crisp finish

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Harrowgate Shiraz 2004. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

prickle of black pepper mingles with smoky, deep, dark fruit

Cape Mentelle Cabernet/Merlot 2004. £11.99, Waitrose

deep cassis taste; Good now, but will hold up a couple of years

Charles Melton Nine Popes 2003. £20, Philglas; Bennetts; Moriarty

definitely repays a couple of years in the cellar


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