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S C Pannell Fleurieu Tempranillo-Touriga 2012

A complex and flavoursome blend of five grape varieties which is tangy with a sweet hue and some minerality. The palate includes almond nuttiness and floral notes. Enjoy on its own or with a picnic. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 6th Jul 2014 )

Te Mata Estate Vineyards Hawkes Bay Gamay Noir 2013

Chilling young red wine works wonderfully with lighter Gamay or Pinot Noir grapes such as this succulent, Beaujolais-style Kiwi, enhancing the crunchy, fresh berry fruits. About an hour in the fridge should do; excellent with grilled white meats and salads. - Terry Kirby

( The Independent on Sunday 6th Jul 2014 )

The Society's Corbières

Generic corbières and minervois used to be some of the nastiest French reds around, but this terrific, 14 per cent alcohol 2013 is a very different beast. Produced and blended by one of the south’s stars, Pierre Bories from Château Ollieux-Romanis in Corbières, this juicy, fruit-laden red is a gem, all plummy, peppery, dried sour cherry and cranberry fruit, with a herby garrigue finish. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 5th Jul 2014 )

Chianti Classico, Monteraponi 2011

This 100 per cent sangiovese is good old-fashioned chianti at its best from one of the region’s top producers. It’s full of terrific, mature, garnet-edged Tuscan fruit; the sort of distinguished, perfumed, spicy, smoky, violets and dusty Italian herb-finished red that will bring back happy holiday memories. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 5th Jul 2014 )

Koyle Costa Rapel Coastal Pinot Noir 2012

Of the wide range produced at Koyle, the new appellation Costa, or coastal collection, is among the best. Here red granite and quartz soils and the cooler climate have produced a fresher, truly seductive pinot noir with oodles of bold, burnt, 14 per cent alcohol, marmite and game-scented, velvety fruit. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 5th Jul 2014 )

Côtes d'Auvergne Gamay, Saint-Verny 2012

Made from the same grape as beaujolais, but from much further south in the Auverge, the remote green heart of France. Lovers of easy-sipping, fruity, lightweight reds will find it hard to resist the Saint Verny co-operative’s elegant, smoky, gamey, tobacco and plump, plum-packed red. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 5th Jul 2014 )

Weinert Cavas de Weinert 2004

Lovely, mellow … well-priced Argentinian blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. It would be spot on for a steak. - Fiona Beckett

( The Guardian 5th Jul 2014 )

Côtes-du-Rhône, Saint-Cosme 2012

Wine of the Week: ... really serious stuff ... It tastes as though there is still a great deal going on in there and I would imagine that it will continue to gain interest for the rest of the decade. The tannins are still quite obvious, even though the fruit itself is gorgeous and thoroughly rewarding. Like so many southern French wines, there is really no need for oak and this wine is certainly chock full of herbs, fruit and spice. The alcohol level is 14.5% according to the label but there is no excessive heat. This wine strikes me as great value. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 4th Jul 2014 )

Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin

A rich smooth gin, sweetly spiced with botanicals, including coriander, cardamom, elderflower, cinnamon, citrus peel and nutmeg. - Sarah Jane Evans MW (August edition)

( BBC Good Food Magazine 3rd Jul 2014 )

Momo Vendimia Seleccionada, Ribera del Duero 2010

Momo is a 'second wine' from a producer in Spain's Ribera del Duero region. It's obviously not as expensive as the estate's first wine, but this is great value. Made from the tempranillo grape, it's loaded with juicy bramble fruits and a sprinkle of spice. And there's real freshness too. - Helen McGinn

( Daily Mail 3rd Jul 2014 )