14-01-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 14/01/2013

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

NV House Pinot Noir (Romania) £4.79 Sainsbury’s

A juicy, light red that offers good value

Paparuda Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Romania) £6.99 Wine rack

Zippy, full-flavoured; intensity and a tropical twist

Tinto da Anfora 2009 (Portugal) £8.49 Waitrose

spicy complexity along with a rich, intense fruit

Golden Valley Grasevina 2011 (Croatia) £8.99 Marks & Spencer

an utterly unique white; both zesty and aromatic

Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2010/11 (New Zealand) £8.99 Majestic

juicy rich texture and stacks of generous, fruity fun

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Tesco Finest* Teroldego. £6 until 22 January, Tesco

Like an Italian beaujolais thanks to its supple tannins and vibrant fruit

2010 Le Grand Chai Haut-Medoc. £10.99 on offer Laithwaites

approachable now but can be stashed for a couple of years

2010 Domaine du Grapillon d’Or Gigondas. £18.99, Waitrose

fragrant, blackberryish southern Rhone red infused with spice

the Observer – David Williams

Finest Alsace Riesling, France 2011 (£7.99, Tesco)

intensely aromatic with white flowers and lime zest

Bodegas Ochoa 8A Mil Gracias Graciano 2008 (£11.99, Hennings; thefinewinecompany)

deep, dark and vivid in colour and flavour, with blackberry and pepper spice

Benedicte and Stéphane Tissot Savagnin, Jura, France (£23, thewinesociety)

reminds me of dry sherry; intensely nutty, salty savoury character

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Bradley’s Quench Ginger Beer. Sells around Bristol, Bath and Wells £2.99

has a delicious dash of lemon peel

Stone’s Original Ginger Wine (£5.50-£5.80; 13.5% abv)

seems to me to have got lighter and sweeter than it used to be

Aldi Church’s Ginger Wine £2.99.

copycat version

The King’s Ginger (£18.99-£21 drinkfinder; Whisky Exchange; some Waitrose, BBR)

full-strength (41% abv), sweet, cockle-warming liqueur

Bath Ales’ Ginger Hare (from indies around the West Country for £2.65

invigorating; try with stir-fries or other light Chinese dishes

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2009 Vinalba Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Patagonia. 14.5%, £8.99, Co-op

Beautifully rich; full, bramble fruit topped off by nice mocha touches

2011 Terras Gauda O Rosal Rias Baixas, 12.5%, £11.97, Costco

sharp lime and orange acidity and the textured apricot fruit

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Marks & Spencer Pure Squeezed Orange, Lemon and Lime Juice (£1.99 for 1 litre)

balance between the tart and sweet citrus flavours is spot on

Firefly Grapefruit and Passionfruit Drink (Sainsbury’s, £2 for 75cl)

light, succulent, refreshing appeal appropriate for January

Twinings Lime and Ginger Sensation (Waitrose, £2.29 for 20 bags)

The soothing ginger and zingy citrus work well together in this tea

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Domaine G Descombes Regnie 2011 France (12%, Caves de Pyrene, £14.99)

tastes like “spring and winter in one glass” as my friend put it

Louis Claude Desvignes Morgon Côte du Py 2011 France (13%, Berry Bros, £17.25)

Morgon is one of the most masculine, with a distinctive weight and dark intensity

Julien Sunier Fleurie 2011 France (13%, Roberson, £18.95)

reminiscent of peonies covered in summer dew; juicy and springlike

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