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The Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Burgundy is also the topic on JANE MacQUITTY'S lips. She says there are oodles of great 2005 reds on offer, plus a much more limited collection of dreamy whites'. She reviews the vintage in full and declares how much of a pleasure it was to attend Burgundy week.
However, her half-dozen recommendations for readers are all New World and priced at 7.99 or less. They include: 2004 Carmen Wine Maker's Reserve Chardonnay, Casablanca, Chile (down 2 to 7.99; Waitrose); 2005 Finest Hawkes Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon, New Zealand (7.99; Tesco); and 2006 Porta Reserva Pinot Noir, Bo-Bo Valley, Chile (5.59; Waitrose).

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

After singing the praises of the 2005 Burgundy's last week, ANTHONY ROSE gives readers a shopping list for the vintage, but warns of a lack of availability. He has plenty of recommendations and welcomes the move to six- packs by merchant Howard Ripley.
His wines of the week include the 2005 La Riada Old Vines Garnacha Campo de Borja (5.99; Thresher) and the 2001 Mount Langhi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz (9.99; Majestic).

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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

When it is good, white Burgundy is unrivalled and the most sensational treat,' says JANCIS ROBINSON MW. The 1999s, 2000s and 2002s are drinking particularly well now, although few of them are still commercially available. Even the 2003s are becoming difficult to find', apart from the excellent Domaine Cordier'. 2003 Domaine Cordier, Les Vignes Blanches Pouilly-Fuiss (19.95, Lea & Sandeman) is positively exotic, with its aromas of bittersweet orange peel'. Most buyers will be nudged towards 2004, which is looking an increasingly attractive vintage for white Burgundy.'
The 2004 Lequin-Colin, Les Charrires Chassagne-Montrachet (17.95, Stone, Vine & Sun) shows it's quite possible to find delicious Ctes d'Or whites under 20 a bottle'.

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

MATTHEW JUKES looks back at the New Zealand tasting at Lord's cricket ground in London, which he claims was the best ever.
His Kiwi selection includes: 2006 Spy Valley Gewurztraminer from Marlborough (9.99; Highbury Vintners, Grapelands) and 2004 Palliser Pinot Noir from Martinborough (12.99; Justerini & Brooks, Philglas & Swigott). Wine of the week is the 2006 Felton Road Vin Gris Ros from Central Otago (14.95; Lea & Sandeman).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

In the first of a two-part pre-Valentine's special, SUSY ATKINS recommends three sparkling ross in honour of the saint of lurve'. She advises against all pink Cavas and instead opts for 2000 Veuve Cliquot Ros (41.99-48, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Majestic, Selfridges), Mumm Cuve Napa Ros NV (11.99; Majestic) and 2002 Green Point Brut Ros (13.99; Oddbins).

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

With 10 days to go to the commercialised event they call Valentine's Day, JAMIE GOODE gives his recommendations for drinking on 14 February. He says that ros has shed its naff image of late' and picks out four sparkling ross and a still pink, including Taittinger's Prestige Ros NV (32.99; Tesco, Oddbins) and Lindauer Special Select Brut NV, New Zealand (9.99; Oddbins, Waitrose).
He also selects accessories to accompany the wines, including a pair of glasses adorned with a tasteful gold heart'. The accompanying photo of the glasses is enough to put off anyone with an ounce of taste.

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The Sunday Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JOANNA SIMON echoes Tim Atkin's views on the better retailers involved in Wine Relief and encourages readers to trade up, as the more expensive the wine, the bigger the 10% donation will be.
The pair both recommend the 2005 Gobelsburger Grner Veltliner, Austria (6.49; Waitrose) and the 2004 Friuli Merlot Bidoli (7.49; M&S).

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The Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JANE MacQUITTY insists that people shouldn't panic about whether they have enough wine for Christmas as most merchants accept orders for guaranteed pre-Christmas deliveries as late as 15 December. For your nearest and dearest, a magnum of Champagne looks especially generous, so plump for 1.5 litres of Pol Roger's delectable non-vintage white foil Reserve (55.95, Lay & Wheeler).'

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

Great British beers have attracted the attention of MATTHEW JUKES. There is nothing more satisfying than the combination of a pint of local brew and good pub grub, he asserts. And to make his case, he matches beers to a variety of pub dishes provided by the Anchor Inn in Suffolk. Longhorn beef steak with peppercorn sauce is well matched by Brakspear Triple (1.99 for 500ml; Asda, Sainsbury, Waitrose), a dark rummy beer of amazing complexity', while beetroot soup goes well with O'Halon's Wheat Beer (5 for four bottles; Threshers).

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The Guardian

Published:  23 July, 2008

VICTORIA MOORE attempts to overcome her early fear of Vouvray. She tells readers that when she recently opened a bottle with friends, they looked at it with narrowed eyes and asked for assurance that it would be dry. It was. She also expected them to be put off by the news it was made from Chenin Blanc - a difficult grape to get to know, but not to love'. Like Vouvray, she says, you never know how it is going to turn out. It has complex reserves of flavour, which it fills out in a sometimes strange honeyed, vegetal way. A common tasting note is lanolin, the fat found in sheep's wool.'

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

Another expert looking for winter warmth, JAMIE GOODE turns his attention to malt whisky. Hailing it as Scotland's greatest contribution to the world of drink, he gives a run-through of his five favourites. Heading the list is Sainsbury's Cognac-finish 15-year-old Speyside Single Malt (19.99), which has spent time in Cognac casks to give it a warm, nutty, oaky character and makes it sweet and rounded in the mouth. Number five on his list is Aberlour 10-year-old Highland Single Malt (22.99; Oddbins, Waitrose) - a superb whisky', smooth and rich with complex aromas of spice and vanilla and a fine balance.

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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

PETER GROGAN pays a visit to Stevenage, home of The Wine Society, a wine merchant he describes as old-fashioned yet forward-looking'. The Society's chief executive, Oliver Johnson, tells him: No one here earns a bonus, including me, so everyone's focused on quality rather than margin.'

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

Booze cruise virgin DAVID THOMAS travels with Oz Clarke and Top Gear presenter James May to Calais. They visit La Maison du Fromage et des Vins (Oz recommends a 4.93 2004 Bourgueil), Majestic's Wine and Beer World and the Calais Vins warehouse. Oz says: The best bang for your buck comes from Chilean and Spanish wines.' Looking at 12 Bordeaux wines, he is reported as saying: You'd get more pleasure from six bottles of Chilean than one bottle of Bordeaux.'

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

Understandably, ANTHONY ROSE, too, has much to say about the 2005 Burgundies. Clearly, the wine merchants and their customers can't get enough of them. Great Burgundies will never be cheap, he says, but in the light of the extravagant leap in prices of 2005 Bordeaux, it becomes increasingly hard to argue that Burgundy is as elitist as it was in the past. Mouthwatering village Burgundies from Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romane and Nuits-St-Georges can be picked up for 200-300 a case.

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The Sunday Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

It may be too late to buy the great 2005 Bordeaux wines en primeur, says JOANNA SIMON, but the top Burgundies from 2005 are now being offered. She is in no doubt that it is a great year for red, and in many cases, for white Burgundy too.

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The Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

There is no getting away from the 2005 Burgundy. JANE MacQUITTY says that for once, the Burgundian wine merchants' hype could be justified. Indeed, such was the hype that even David Blunkett and his guide dog turned up for the former Home Secretary's wine-buying syndicate. She considers the 2005 vintage to be a great red Burgundy vintage from top to bottom, though overall the whites are not in the same league, with dilution and a lack of spine-tingling acidity and minerality'. Every dog has its day, she observes, and I'll bet David Blunkett's salivated over the tasting as much as I did.'

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

Another wine writer enthusing about the 2005 Burgundy is TIM ATKIN MW. He regards London's Burgundy week as an opportunity to brush glasses with some of the most famous winemakers in the world and sip reds that many of us will never be able to afford. And there is so much hype about the 2005s that many wines have already sold out.
Is 2005 the greatest Burgundy vintage ever? For Atkin, the answer is yes and no. He warns that some of the reds have uncomfortably high levels of acidity with insufficient fruit sweetness to balance them. But he concedes that there are some wonderful wines on offer.

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The Sunday Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JOANNA SIMON isn't comfortable with the statement: Bordeaux is the largest fine wine-making region in the world.' She believes it is misleading as most of its bottles - red and white - are anything but fine wine'. Nevertheless, she recommends: 2001 Chteau Greysac (6.99 when you buy two; Majestic); 2004 Chteau Robin, Lussac St Emilion (6.99; Morrisons); and 2002 Pauillac de Chteau Latour (24.95; Lay & Wheeler).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

SUSY ATKINS knows what her readers want at this time of year - plausible reasons to get outside some decent hooch. If you are in the grip of a horrible cold, a classic hot toddy does work wonders, she says. Its steam unblocks your nose, the sweetness provides an energy boost and the whiskey and spice have miraculous warming qualities.' And as the wife of an Irishman she loyally argues that the best hot toddies are made with Irish whiskey. However, she argues that the variation of using the Irish moonshine poitin (potcheen) instead of whiskey is controversial. The legal stuff is a clear, simple spirit, a lot like vodka, and though acceptable in a hot toddy lacks the colour and flavour of cask-aged whiskey.
She recommends Bushmills 10-Year-Old Irish Whiskey (24.99; Oddbins) and Powers Gold Label Whiskey (15.99; drinkfinder.co.uk).

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The Sunday Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Like Victoria Moore, JOANNA SIMON has been reading The Wine Diet by Roger Corder and latches on to the message that moderate wine drinkers are less likely to be overweight than non-drinkers.
She draws her readers attention to the chewy, plummy, toasty' Ctes de Saint-Mont, Chteau de Sabazan (13.95), and 2001 Madiran, Plnitude (12.99 to 14.95).

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