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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

As a judge of the Vins de Pays Top 100 competition, ANTHONY ROSE admits that such wines 'offer the sort of interesting variety of styles that French wine so badly needs at the moment'. His recommendations include the 'ripe, peachy' La Baume Viognier (4.99; Waitrose), and the, er, 'ripe and peachy' 2004 Grande Rserve Viognier (7.99; Threshers). Gascony featured in three of the six white-wine trophies this year, including 2004 Vin de Pays du Comt Tolosan, Rive Haute Sauvignon (5.95; The Wine Society), and 2004 Domaine de Pujalet (3.99; Waitrose). Best Sauvignon Blanc went to 2004 French Connection Sauvignon Blanc (5.99, reduced to 3.99 until 7 June; Tesco), 'which stood out for its clean, aromatic expression of the variety', while the white blend trophy was won by 2004 Vin de Pays de Gascogne (3.99; Booths).

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

TIM ATKIN MW's selection of wines for cellaring, includes: 2002 Casa Rivas Reserva Merlot (6.99; Oddbins); 2003 Tim Adams Shiraz (9.99; Tesco); and 2002 Scharzhofberger Riesling Sptlese, Von Hovel (9.99; Waitrose).

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

With just a few weeks before Harpers contributor Jamie Goode takes the reins, JONATHAN BRACEY-GIBBON manages to squeeze in another food match. This week it's wines that work well with pasta. For meaty pasta dishes he recommends 2001 Corte Pavone Rosso di Montalcino (11.95; Great Western Wine). He also picks 2004 San Angelo Pinot Grigio (7.99; Majestic): PG can be a footballer's wife of a wine: fancy name, a hint of the exotic, but little to get excited about.' His final choice is 2001 Marques di Concordia (4.99; Sainsbury's): Concordia is a recent arrival on the scene and has an awful lot of complex, berry-fuelled Crianza class for the money. The fact that Sainsbury's is now offering it for under a fiver is the bottle deal of the year.'

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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

After the weekend's heatwave, JONATHAN RAY recommends wines for 'outdoor events'. For 'large gatherings' he chooses 2004 Tanguero Unoaked Chardonnay (4.29; Unwins); for 'grand days out' he selects Chapel Down Century Bottle Fermented Extra Dry NV (11.99; Sainsbury's); while for the curiously monikered 'romantic antics' he suggests Jean Moutardier Ros NV Champagne (17.95; Great Western Wine, Revelstoke Wines, Vincent Gasnier Wine Library).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

GILES KIME has no such doubts, and recommends a host of his favourite ross, including Ros d'Anjou (2.86; Asda); 2004 Domaine de Pellehaut Ros (5.15; Waitrose); and Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Ros (5.85; Majestic).

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

ANTHONY ROSE's selection includes 2004 Pujalet, Vin de Pays du Gers (3.99; Waitrose); 2004 Zilzie Viognier (7.98; Asda); and 2002 Albert Belle Crozes-Hermitage, Les Pierrelles (11.39; Oddbins).

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ignoring James Bond's famous line about spotting baddies because they drink red wine with fish, MATTHEW JUKES goes ahead and matches the two. For fish stews and pies, he opts for 2004 M&S Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir (4.99); for 'a majestic sea bass or turbot', he recommends 2002 Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir (17.9920; selected Sainsbury's, Villeneuve of Peebles); and his final selection, which will 'lift and caress your olfactory system', is 2003 Saumur Rouge Les Nivires (3.99, down from 4.99 until 3 July; Waitrose).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

GILES KIME's pick of barbecue wines features 2004 Wontanella Tempranillo (4.98; Asda); 2003 Fairview Peg Leg Carignan (7.99; Majestic); and 2003 Barbera d'Asti 'Il Monello' Braida (7.99; Oddbins).

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

JONATHAN BRACEY-GIBBON's weekly selection includes NV Wolf Blass Sparkling Brut Chardonnay/Pinot Noir (5.49; widely available); 2002 The Tower Shiraz (4.99, Sainsbury's); and 2004 Goiya Cabernet Sauvignon (4.99; Tesco).

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The Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Continuing her Top 100 Summer Wines round-up, JANE MACQUITTY's Star White this week is 2002 Chassagne- Montrachet Les Charrires, Ren Lequin-Colin (18.50; Stone, Vine & Sun); her Star Red is 2000 La Rserve de Loville- Barton (17.9019.99; Laytons, Tanners, Majestic); and her favoured sweet wines are 2001 Domaine Castera Juranon, Cuve Privilge, P&C Lihour (12.9913.95, D Byrne, Great Western) and 2003 Hochheimer Kirchenstck Riesling Sptlese (1315.99; Justerini & Brooks, Waitrose).

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

MATTHEW JUKES's Wine of the Week is 2003 Poliziano Rosso di Montelpulciano (8.99; Booths). Boasting 'evocative, dreamy, red-cherry and chocolate flavours', Jukes says that this wine is capable of 'transforming the traditional English rainy barbecue'

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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Flying to Sydney for a blind tasting, JANCIS ROBINSON MW assesses Cabernets from Coonawarra and Margaret River in Australia and Hawkes Bay in New Zealand: 'The only two wines which seemed to me to have dangerously low levels of acidity came from New Zealand. And I would reproach quite a number of the Australian examples for having obtrusive levels of acidity which were, furthermore, not integrated into the wine very much an add-on.' She says that the Coonawarra Cabs tended to 'jump out of the glass', while other wines displayed 'unappetisingly overripe notes and a lack of freshness'. Generally, however, she was pleased by the overall quality, although she noted the tendency of Australian winemakers to opt for 'rasping' tannins in favour of 'gentler, riper' ones.

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The Sunday Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JOANNA SIMON profiles all the major Champagne houses. She informs us that Canard-Duchne makes a good present for 'Pinot Grigio drinkers, and anyone who won't serve it the next time you call round'; Heidsieck Monopole should be drunk only 'with your hand over the label'; Lanson fans should opt for the Gold Label Vintage or Nobel Cuve 'if you're not a footballer's wife'; and the days are now gone, apparently, 'when Mumm Cordon Rouge was one of the cheapest non-vintages; so, too, is the era when it tasted of boiled cabbage and sour cream'.

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

ANTHONY ROSE wonders why Australian wine has conquered the high street, but has so far failed to 'storm the last bastion of French wine, the restaurant'. He is unsure whether it's because French wine works better with food, or whether it's 'part of a conspiracy by the sommelier to retain for the restaurant a part of the market that is forever France'. Rose speaks to Grard Basset MW, a co-founder of the Hotel du Vin chain, who tells him that 'For me, there's no difference between Giaconda and a top white Burgundy. New World wines even go better with some dishes.'

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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

PETER GROGAN heads for the Napa Valley 'the Monaco of the wine world'. Grogan learns that the average bottle price at the Groezinger wine merchant in Yountville is 39, and enjoys a 140-a-head meal at The French Laundry. He says: 'The best of the big names Ridge Montebello, Dominus and Shafer Hillside Select are made in the image of modern claret. Even at today's exchange rate, however, Bordeaux offers better value.' Recommendations include 2003 De Loach Pinot Noir (6.95; The Wine Society); 2003 Avila Pinot Noir (9.99; Oddbins); and 2002 Wente Chardonnay (5.59; Waitrose).

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The Independent On Sunday

Published:  23 July, 2008

RICHARD EHRLICH believes that South Africa is well placed to make it big in the 515 market, and is confident that its wines, in the higher price ranges at least, 'will pose a serious threat to Europe'. He says: 'Spending 10 here will often get you more than 10 in Europe and often much more than in Chile, the US and especially Australia.'

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

In a new column, (Food Monthly) LYNN BARBER recalls the not-so-golden era of boozing Britain: 'In the early Sixties... the only reason for buying wine was to make the bottles into table lamps.' She remembers that her parents never had wine at home, 'apart from one bottle of British VP wine, which was for medicinal purposes only (it tasted like Vegemite)'. And while at Oxford, the choice amounted to 'Pimm's, Champagne, punch, and of course the dreaded Sherry, which was always served at tutorials'. Fast forward to the late Seventies, 'the big breakthrough period when we started developing a proper, unselfconscious attitude to wine this was no thanks to English wine writers, who still banged on about chteaux and cellarage and the arcane art of decanting.' Nowadays, Barber is 'wary' of Australian wines, and sticks to France, Chile and South Africa.

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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Preparing herself for the 'almost certain prospect of humiliation', JANCIS ROBINSON MW endures a late-night drive across England to get to the Granada television studios for the filming of University Challenge. 'The surreality only deepened when we eventually got to Manchester and the studios. Yes, Dale Winton is orange. And very tall.' Robinson got a further fright when she saw the opposition: the presenters of Radio Four's Today programme. On the plus side, the MW team took heart from the sight of four stressed newshounds and their 'desperate leafing through the Sunday papers for last-minute tips and Who's the prime minister of Canada again?'

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

ANTHONY ROSE admits that he has been guilty of giving red wines 'Old-MacDonald-and-his-farm-like compliments' when in fact, he was experiencing the whiff of brett. At a recent seminar led by oenologist Pascal Chatonnet on 'malodorous wines', Rose found that as well as brett, the little-known, environment-taint-led TBA is also responsible for whiffy wines, and is caused by contamination from other materials in the winery, such as oak barrels and wooden roofs.

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wines that accompany seafood are chosen by GILES KIME. He opts for 2004 Dashwood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (7.59; Oddbins); 2004 Naked Grape Riesling (5.99; Waitrose); and 2002 Chablis Premier Cru Jean-Marc Brocard (10.99; Sainsbury's).

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