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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sweet wines are the subject of JANCIS ROBINSON MW's column. Among her recommendations are 2004Tesco Finest Botrytis Semillon (5.49 for 37.5cl); 2005 Casa de la Ermita, Dulce Viognier (6.99; Bibendum); 2002 ChteauHaut-Bergeron Sauternes (9.56 for 37.5cl; Asda); 2004 Alvear Pedro Ximnez Aada, Montilla-Moriles (8.96 for 50cl; Genesis); and 2004 Domaine de Montesquiou, Grappa d'Or, Juranon (12.30; Leon Stolarski, www.lsfinewines.co.uk).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand Sauvignons and Chardonnays are delicious, but don't overlook the reds, says SUSY ATKINS. Her Try These' are 2005 Marks & Spencer Clocktower Pinot Noir from Marlborough (9.99); 2004 Craggy Range Gimlett Gravels Merlot, Hawke's Bay (14.99; Waitrose); and 2004 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, Marlborough (from 11.99; Threshers, Booths, Fresh & Wild, www.everywine.co.uk).

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Evening Standard

Published:  23 July, 2008

ANDREW NEATHER's white wines for Christmas include: Inycon Chardonnay (4.49; Tesco, Waitrose); 2005 Omrah Chardonnay from Western Australia (7.99; Oddbins); 2005 Sancerre Cuve des Anges, Domaine Foussier (6.66; Waitrose); 2004 Marquesa Valserrano Rioja Blanco (8.75; Stone Vin and Sun); and 2005 Te Mania Riesling from New Zealand's Nelson region (8.95; Swig). He also appears to have a 2004 Sainsbury's Chardonnay from California available from Majestic - surely a mistake...

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ten favourite tipples from Jamie Goode include 2005 Gran Tempranillo from Spain (2.99; Sainsbury's) as his budget red and 2005 Vielle Fontaine Blanc from Gascony (2.99; Tesco) as his budget white.

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

MATTHEW JUKES challenge this week is to come up with some perfect wine matches to accompany fish recipes from Jamie Oliver. He pairs squid with black pudding stuffing and sticky tomato sauce with 2005 Foncaussade Ros, Les Parcelles, Bergerac (3.99, down from 5.25 until 1 November; Waitrose). This week's WoW is 2005 Anakena Single Vineyard Viognier, Rapel Valley, Chile (8.49 or 5.66 with the three for two deal; Thresher).

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The Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JANE MACQUITTY picks out a 'classy tipple' or two for Christmas, and majors on Burgundy. Her star white is the 2004 Saint-Aubin, La Prince from Hubert Lamy (15.95; Berry Bros & Rudd) which is 'overflowing with sweet, ripe, smoky, hazelnut-charged fruit'. Her top red is the 2004 Rully, En Guesnes from Vincent Dureuil-Janthial (16.99; Wimbledon Wine) - 'Blow your socks off with this gorgeous Burgundy from a hugely talented young producer,' she says. Other recommendations include 2004 Howard Park Chardonnay, Western Australia, (14.15; Bibendum) and the 'delectable, fine, floral and faintly marzipan-redolent' 1996 Quinta do Crasto Vintage Port, Portugal (19.99; Sainsbury's).

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

ANTHONY ROSE divides his Christmas picks into wines 'for the budget conscious' and '12 more worth splashing out on'. The 2005 Vineyard X Garnacha from Campo de Borja (4.49; Thresher, Wine Rack or 2.99 when you buy two get three) 'punches way above its weight for the fresh, vibrant, gluggy fruit quality on display'. Higher spenders should try 2004 Schfer Frhlich Riesling Trocken Vom Porphyr, which 'has been gaining recognition for its invigorating freshness' (11.25; The Wine Keller).

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The Guardian

Published:  23 July, 2008

Some of the best-value wines around the 5 mark are coming out of Chile,' says VICTORIA MOORE. Hence, her 'everyday winter reds' include two from the South American country: 2005 Doa Dominga Carmenere/Shiraz, Colchagua Valley (5.59; Waitrose until 3 December) and 2005 Errazuriz Merlot (5.99; Tesco). 'I like cheap Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon with old-fashioned food such as stews made with root vegetables.'

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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

Mendocino County in northern California is more than just a neighbour of Napa Valley, it's home to a group of enlightened and innovative winemakers who embrace the organic/biodynamic philosophy more warmly than, perhaps, anywhere else in the world,' says JONATHAN RAY. He is shown around Fetzer's, Bonterra Vineyards by winemaker Bob Blue and discovers that it's the largest grower and producer of organic wine in the world'. Among Mendocino's other mentioned producers are Handley Cellars and Golden Vineyards.

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

Many "mulls" turn out all wrong,' says SUSY ATKINS. 'They're either cloyingly sticky, or rendered almost medicinal by too many pungent cloves.' Then there's the wine: frequently 'cheap and nasty plonk'. For a good mulled wine base she picks 2005 Namaqua Shiraz/Merlot, South Africa (3.69; Tesco), 2005 La Diffrence Carignan, Vin de Pays des Ctes Catalans, France, (4.99; Sainsbury's) andMarks & Spencer Red Mulled Wine (5.99).

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

'There's nothing like a nip in the air to get you in the mood for mulled wine,' says JAMIE GOODE, who suggests a 'light and fragrant interpretation' from Tesco (2.99) or, for an 'unusual twist, a white version of the time-honoured winter tipple' from M&S - its White Spicy Mulled Wine (3.99).

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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

This paper is running a new series called 'The Wine Diet' and this first part, written by PROFESSOR ROGER CORDER, focuses on Madiran in south-west France. 'If there was truly a French paradox, then it was here. Gers has double the national average of men aged 90 or more.' Corder's suggested wines with particularly good health-giving properties are 2001 Chteau d'Aydie; 2003 Domaine Berthoumieu Cuve Charles De Batz and 2003 Chteau Bouscass Vieilles Vignes.

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

SALVATORE CALABRESE mixes cocktails for Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, David Schwimmer and Cat Deeley at his Fifty club, 'so I know what makes a party go with a fizz,' he says. Calabrese suggests making The Snowstorm - a mixture of 30ml vodka,15ml limoncello, 15ml white crme de cacao, 10ml orgeat (almond syrup) and 30ml double cream. Or try his Champagne cocktail, a blend of 20ml Cognac, two dashes of Angostura bitters and a sugar cube, topped with Champagne.

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

It might be what's inside the bottle that really counts but SUSY ATKINS thinks eye-catching labels are very important too. One modern example that takes her fancy is the scribbly pencil drawing of the spiny rodent' on 2005 Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa (5.99 to 6.49;
Oddbins, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, selected independents).

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

A bloke in a smart suite irritates TIM ATKIN MW at the autumn Marks & Spencer tasting. He vaguely recognises him, and when he asks our Tim what he'd recommend, Atkin grudgingly sends him off to quaff the Marks & Sparks Ribera del Duero. Then the pound coin drops and our man at The Obs realises that the bloke is none other than M&S saviour, ber retailer Stuart Rose. He buys a case of Tim's recommendation - not bad from a man who is known for keeping a serious cellar. Atkin notes that M&S wines used to be known for two things: hefty mark-ups and a safety-first policy. The few highlights were: Champagne, Chablis and Sherry. But then things changed and at least a dozen wines wouldn't look out of place on a fine wine merchant's list', although he still regards Marks as weak on Australian and Chilean reds. His top six are: 2005 Darling Estate Drkheimer Michelsberg Riesling (6.99); 2004 Saint Aubin Premier Cru, Domaine du Pimont Les Charmois (14.99); 1996 Cuve Orpale Champagne Brut (29.99); 2005 Domaine de la Meynarde, Plan de Dieu, Ctes du Rhne Villages (5.49); 2004 Nero d'Avola, Sicilia Corte Ibla (9.99); and 2004 Nos Riqueza, Ribera del Duero (9.99). Atkin concludes by saying that he'll probably join Rose in buying a case of the latter.

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

PETER MAYLE's feature starts off with a headline: Why I hate wine snobs'. The Provenal author discusses his introduction to winespeak, which sounds suspiciously like it came courtesy of Berry Bros & Rudd or maybe Justerini & Brooks. Does anyone own up to being Michael'? He goes on to discuss the dizzying range of verbal acrobatics: often imaginative, sometimes ludicrous, occasionally elegant ("a wine that should be drunk kneeling, in the position of prayer" - was one of my favourites)'.

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

A judge of the Spanish New Wave Awards, ANTHONY ROSE says they failed to get it down to a neat 100 and had to make do with 103. He is gratified by the quality and diversity of Spanish whites particularly from wet, Atlantic-cooled, Galicia. Among his recommended wines are: 2005 Pazo San Mauro, Rias Baixas (9.99; Handford); 2004 Mas d'en Compte, Celler Joan Sangenis, Priorat (18; Weavers); 2005 Antano Via Mocen Sauvignon Blanc (5.99; Inspired Wines, Halifax Wine Company); 2005 Vias del Vero Coleccin Gewrztraminer (7.60-7.95; SH Jones, Tanners); 2004 Chivite Coleccin 125 Blanco, Navarra - best white of the entire show' (20; Waitrose); 2002 Taste the Difference Elegia Rioja Reserva (8.99; Sainsbury's); 2005 Dominio De Nogara, Bodegas Valtravieso (8; Playford Ros); and Camilo Castilla's Capricho de Goya (9.49 per half bottle; Moreno; Food & Fine Wine, Sheffield).

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

TIM ATKIN MW gives a moment to Muscadet and comments: I drank little else in France this summer, apart from the odd glass of ros.' One of the important things to remember with this oft-derided grape is the difference between straight Muscadet and the generally superior Muscadet Sur Lie, he continues. Of the supermarket own-labels, the only one to receive the Atkin approval is 2005 Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Muscadet de Svre et Maine Sur Lie (4.99), which he describes as crisp and refreshing with notes of apple and pear and a classic sur lie prickle of carbon dioxide'. Among his other recommendations are 2004 Le Clos des Alles, Vieilles Vignes, Muscadet de Svre et Maine Sur Lie (6.90; Les Caves de Pyrene).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pink wine is now in demand throughout the year, says SUSY ATKINS. She says the most impressive of the big, full ross usually come from new wave wineries in Australia, New Zealand and California, but she has spotted a few from Spain and Portugal too'. Her Try These' are: 2005 Tagus Creek Shiraz Touriga Nacional, Portugal (4.99; Booths); 2005 Fetzer Valley Oaks Syrah Ros, California (5.99; widely available); and 2006 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir Ros, Marlborough, New Zealand (6.99; Waitrose).

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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JANCIS ROBINSON MW gives a list of 50 great-value reds' to FT readers, taken from literally thousands tasted in the last few months'. She says the best value today is in the 8 to 15 range and notes that the big easy-to-find retailers' are not always cheaper than Britain's many excellent independent merchants'.

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